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

Examples of sweatshop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was what was essentially a sweatshop in the basement. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 12 May 2021 The child laborers in the Beggar King’s sweatshop have been making Maladie Barbies that come complete with their own gallows. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 9 May 2021 In a 2018 investigative feature story, Forbes detailed how the tech billionaire was quietly building what amounts to a global technology sweatshop (See story). Nathan Vardi, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Chaney’s drawings from the 1990s El Monte sweatshop case is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Su, who started her legal career fighting for Thai sweatshop workers in Los Angeles, could put greater emphasis on helping immigrant workers and workers of color. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Jan. 2021 In 1996, the talk-show host Kathy Lee Gifford was caught in a scandal after a human rights organization reported that child sweatshop labor in Honduras was being exploited to manufacture a clothing line in her name. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2020 The boys joined their parents cleaning motel rooms, working at warehouses, recycling cans and tidying up loose threads in a sweatshop before they got signed up for school. Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2020 During a news conference at the jail on Wednesday, the Deputy Sheriff''s Association of Bexar County compared the county jail to a sweatshop and called working conditions inhumane and an embarrassment. ExpressNews.com, 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sweatshop

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweatshop was in 1884

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22 May 2021

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“Sweatshop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatshop. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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