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white-collar


My lawyer, Pat Cotter, had sent his share of white-collar clients off to prison.
Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  related to people who work in offices (exerting more mental than physical effort)
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Strongly Associated with:   blue-collar
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White-collar workers are typically contrasted to blue-collar workers.
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  • My lawyer, Pat Cotter, had sent his share of white-collar clients off to prison.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I defended murderers, thieves, drug dealers, prostitutes, white-collar embezzlers, wife beaters, and drunk drivers.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Some 45 percent of the men in the Union sample had held professional or white-collar jobs in civilian life, compared with about 11 percent for the Union army as a whole.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • She has hopes for him: graduation from high school, a white-collar job, maybe as an engineer.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey

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  • You know, white-collar stiffs.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Third, the subscribers can be described as middle-income white-collar workers from the suburbs: teachers, middle management, civil service workers.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He began to sink into a rapidly fraying gentility, punctuated with a few of the white-collar occupations available to black people, regardless of their noble bloodlines, in America: desk clerk at a colored hotel in Chicago, insurance agent, traveling salesman for a cosmetics firm catering to blacks.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The country had no clear image of what he looked like: his photographs had appeared on the covers of magazines as frequently as those of his predecessors in office, but people could never be quite certain which photographs were his and which were pictures of "a mail clerk" or "a white-collar worker," accompanying articles about the daily life of the undifferentiated-except that Mr. Thompson’s collars were usually wilted.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There is nothing anywhere in her records to indicate that she could hold down a white-collar job.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The white-collar workers along Lemmon Avenue are few in number and unexcited.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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  • That was why I was with a blue-collar agency instead of a white-collar agency.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • Probably had a wife and two kids and a steady white-collar job that allowed him to slip away for an hour once a week for his nooner.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • In fact, none of us were stereotypical duck hunters; we’re not the white-collar guys who dress up in camo on the weekends and go hunting.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • On weekends, he enjoyed working with his hands, a break from his white-collar job as a regional inspector for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • This bloke that Hanby spoke to (he was just a little, ordinary chap with specs, white-collar type) said it had been so sudden—spontaneous was what he meant—and it just proved to Hanby once again how incendiary was the fabric of the capitalist system.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Then you hear the melody again, one more time, the familiar march from Prokofiev, not the mock-heroic organ but full orchestra now, and the pitch is very different, forget the amusing radio reminiscence, it is all vigilance and suppression, the FBI in peace and war and day and night, your own white-collar cohort of the law.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In the Union army the disparity between comparable groups—professionals and high white-collar occupations on one hand and low white-collar and blue-collar workers on the other—was much less, only about 25 percent.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Compared to the drug offenders, the "white-collar" criminals had often demonstrated a lot more avarice, though their crimes were rarely glamorous—bank fraud, insurance fraud, credit card scams, check kiting.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In the Union army the disparity between comparable groups—professionals and high white-collar occupations on one hand and low white-collar and blue-collar workers on the other—was much less, only about 25 percent.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • ON JULY 20 Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement, a pretty typical "split sentence" for white-collar criminals but far below the maximum for her conviction.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The twoand-one-half-to-one majority for emancipation in my sample also probably overstates the margin in the army as a whole, because proemancipation sentiment was strongest among those groups overrepresented in the sample—officers, and men from professional and white-collar occupations—and underrepresents the less educated soldiers from blue-collar and immigrant backgrounds among whom antiblack and antiemancipation attitudes were strongest.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
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Associated words [difficulty]:   white-collar [6] , blue-collar [6] , blue-collar [6] , white-collar crime [8]
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