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 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, "Inside A Remote Work Billionaire’s New Plan To Turn His White Collar Workers Into Algorithms," 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, "Rodney King’s trial was captured in courtroom art. Library of Congress is preserving it," 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, "Pressure on Biden to pick an Asian American or Pacific Islander Cabinet secretary complicates unions’ push for Walsh as Labor chief," 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, "Howard J. Rubenstein, Public Relations Impresario, Dies at 88," 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, "A close-up look at how hard it is to keep a little family restaurant going in a pandemic," 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, "Express Briefing: SpaceX’s Starship explodes on landing, still considered a success," 10 Dec. 2020 Marsiella took a job making throw rugs, surrounded by deafening machines and with damaging material running through her hands — one step up from sweatshop conditions, basically. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Geno Auriemma’s early imperfections continue to drive his march toward basketball history after 35 seasons at UConn," 20 Nov. 2020 There’s a sweatshop feel from the days when the place was a textile mill. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Mass MoCA, the World’s Biggest Contemporary Art Museum, Looks Fantastic," 23 Sep. 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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10 May 2021

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“Sweatshop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatshop. Accessed 13 May. 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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