sweat·​shop | \ ˈswet-ˌshäp How to pronounce sweatshop (audio) \

Definition of sweatshop

: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions

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The farce relies on legions of outsourced content moderators in sweatshop conditions who scrub and clean services like Facebook and YouTube of unimaginable volumes of unspeakable violence, explicit pornography, and incendiary hate. David Carroll, Quartz, "China embraces its surveillance state. The US pretends it doesn’t have one," 23 July 2019 As a thoughtful consumer, not so much — not when serious sweatshop allegations against Nike still bubble up regularly. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Shopping has never been more difficult," 19 July 2019 Nike gladly allows Chinese Communist Party to tell it what products to sell while building its business around sweatshop labor. CBS News, "Chicago Cubs minor league team mocks Colin Kaepernick on Twitter, then apologizes," 4 July 2019 Any cartoon whose first scene consists of a Danish businessman beating a child to death in a sweatshop in Thailand is not necessarily for all ages. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Checkered Ninja' ('Ternet Ninja'): Film Review | Annecy 2019," 14 June 2019 However, her complicity in the deep-rooted and ongoing issue of sweatshop labor remains. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Garment Workers Have Organized Strikes for Over 100 Years As They Pay the Human Cost of Fashion," 8 Mar. 2019 That means employing artisans with traditional skill sets, making animal-cruelty-free products, providing safe working conditions (e.g., buildings that are up to code), and avoiding sweatshop labor. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 The scene is reminiscent of countless sweatshops across Asia. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 The controversies over sweatshop conditions in some of Nike’s factories, for instance, are hardly given short shrift. Will Leitch, WSJ, "‘Kicks’ Review: It’s Gotta Be the Shoes," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of sweatshop

1884, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sweatshop

: a place where people work long hours for low pay in poor conditions

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