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labor Idioms & Phrases


A labor of love

  • a labor undertaken on account of regard for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself, without expectation of reward.
Webster 1913

american federation of labor

  • noun a federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955
    AFL.
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american federation of labor and congress of industrial organizations

  • noun the largest federation of North American labor unions; formed in 1955
    AFL-CIO.
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american labor party

  • noun a former political party in the United States; formed in 1936 in New York when labor and liberals bolted the Democratic Party
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australian labor party

  • noun the oldest political party in Australia, founded in 1891; the party is moderately liberal
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bonded labor

  • noun a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
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day-labor

Day"-la`bor noun
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  1. Labor hired or performed by the day. Milton.
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department of commerce and labor

  • noun a former executive department of the United States government; created in 1903 and split into two departments in 1913
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department of labor

  • noun the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
    Labor; DoL; Department of Labor.
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false labor

  • noun painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
    Braxton-Hicks contraction.
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farmer-labor party

  • noun a former minor political party in the United States in the early 20th century
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Free labor

  • the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves.
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hard-labored

Hard"-la`bored adjective
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  1. Wrought with severe labor; elaborate; studied. Swift.
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induction of labor

  • noun (obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
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international labor organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the interests of labor
    ILO; International Labour Organization.
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Knights of labor

  • a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers. U. S.
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kurdistan labor pary

  • noun a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group of Kurds trying to establish an independent Kurdish state in eastern Turkey
    PPK; Kurdistan Workers Party; Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan.
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labor agreement

  • noun contract between labor and management governing wages and benefits and working conditions
    labor agreement; collective agreement.
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labor camp

  • noun a penal institution for political prisoners who are used as forced labor
    labour camp.
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labor coach

  • noun an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
    birthing coach; doula; monitrice.
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labor contract

  • noun contract between labor and management governing wages and benefits and working conditions
    labor agreement; collective agreement.
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labor day

  • noun first Monday in September in the United States and Canada
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labor department

  • noun the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
    Labor; DoL; Department of Labor.
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labor force

  • noun the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
    labor force.
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labor leader

  • noun a leader of a labor movement
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labor market

  • noun the market in which workers compete for jobs and employers compete for workers
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labor movement

  • noun an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
    trade union movement; labor.
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labor of love

  • noun productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    labour of love.
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labor organizer

  • noun someone who enlists workers to join a union
    organizer; organiser.
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labor pain

  • noun pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
    labor pain.
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labor pains

  • noun a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
    birth pangs; labour pains.
  • noun pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
    labor pain.
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labor party

  • noun a left-of-center political party formed to represent the interest of ordinary working people
    labour party.
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labor pool

  • noun the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
    labor force.
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labor resources

  • noun resources of available manpower
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labor secretary

  • noun the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Labor
    Labor Secretary.
    • the first Labor Secretary was William B. Wilson who was appointed by President Wilson
  • noun the position of the head of the Department of Labor
    Labor Secretary.
    • the post of Labor Secretary was created in 1913
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labor union

  • noun an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
    union; trades union; brotherhood; trade union.
    • you have to join the union in order to get a job
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labor-intensive

  • adjective satellite requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital
    labour-intensive.
    • cottage industries are labor intensive
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labor-saving

La"bor-sav`ing adjective
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  1. Saving labor; adapted to supersede or diminish the labor of men; as, laborsaving machinery.
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Lip labor

  • unfelt or insincere speech; hypocrisy. Bale.
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manual labor

  • noun labor done with the hands
    manual labour.
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national labor relations board

  • noun an independent agency of the United States government charged with mediating disputes between management and labor unions
    NLRB.
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organized labor

  • noun employees who are represented by a labor union
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premature labor

  • noun labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation
    premature labour.
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secretary of commerce and labor

  • noun head of a former executive department created in 1903 and divided into two departments in 1913
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secretary of labor

  • noun the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Labor
    Labor Secretary.
    • the first Labor Secretary was William B. Wilson who was appointed by President Wilson
  • noun the position of the head of the Department of Labor
    Labor Secretary.
    • the post of Labor Secretary was created in 1913
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socialist labor party

  • noun a political party in the United States; formed in 1874 to advocate the peaceful introduction of socialism
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Statute labor

  • a definite amount of labor required for the public service in making roads, bridges, etc., as in certain English colonies.
Webster 1913