work·​ing·​man | \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio) \

Definition of workingman

: one who works for wages usually at manual labor

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As interesting as all these craft brews can be, beer is supposed to be a workingman’s libation. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The realm of workingman’s rock ’n’ roll has seemed to suit Eddie Money. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Eddie Money cashes in with new TV series, fresh music," 25 Apr. 2018 Workwear is having an undeniable moment in men’s fashion right now, led—rightfully—by one of the most OG workingman brands out there: Dickies. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Here’s Your Exclusive First Look at Dickies’ Next Big Fashion Collab," 30 May 2018 Then, the two-story Gothic Revival-style home measured just 1,100 square feet and was considered a workingman’s cottage. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A major renovation improved 1872 Walker's Point home but kept the Gothic Revival charm," 3 May 2018 Blue collar rock ’n’ roll was somebody like me, or a Southside Johnny or a Bob Seger, or like a Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels — just like workingman’s rock ’n’ roll, nothing fancy. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Eddie Money cashes in with new TV series, fresh music," 25 Apr. 2018 This North Portland tavern, which was a workingman’s oasis for more than 50 years, sat on North Columbia Boulevard in the heart of Junk Yard Row, just east of the St. Johns landfill., "Frosty glasses and stiff drinks: 29 long-gone Portland bars we wish were still around," 4 Apr. 2018 The first local brewery that discounts its product occasionally, or develops a decent workingman’s lager for, say, $6.99 a six, will get my undying loyalty and support. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: The Philadelphia Eagles dared to be Super. Will the rest of the league notice?," 5 Feb. 2018 But for some longtime drinkers, including many among the 11,000 who gathered in Chippewa Falls for the anniversary party, watching trendy shandies eclipse the workingman’s beers their grandparents once enjoyed is disorienting. Brian Kevin, New York Times, "An Old Beer Learns New Tricks, and Risks an Identity Crisis," 5 Oct. 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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work·​ing·​man | \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio) \
plural workingmen\ -​ˌmen \

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: a person who works for wages usually at manual labor

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