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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
  related to manual or industrial laborers who work for hourly wages (exerting more physical than mental effort)
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Strongly Associated with:   white-collar
Blue-collar workers are typically contrasted to white-collar (office) workers.
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  • 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
  • There were relatively few full-fledged bars in that part of Flatbush (a puzzlement to me until Nathan pointed out that serious tippling does not rank high among Jewish pastimes), but this bar of ours did do a moderately brisk business, numbering among its predominately blue-collar clientele Irish doormen, Scandinavian cabdrivers, German building superintendents and WASPs of indeterminate status like myself who had somehow strayed into the faubourg.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • On a blue-collar pastor’s salary, what little reserve we had evaporated within weeks.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • The town was located on the banks of the South River, about thirty-five miles northwest of Wilmington and the coast, and at first glance, it seemed no different from the thousands of self-sufficient, blue-collar communities long on pride and history that dotted the South.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One

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  • The school separated these two groups by levels of education: The professional-class kids were provided with college-preparatory classes; the blue-collar students were pushed into "industrial arts."
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • I was a child of privilege, he a sweet blue-collar man.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Six The Sailing Clipper was a bar typical of small coastal towns: Dimly lit and smelling of mildew, cigarettes, and stale booze, it was popular with blue-collar workers, who crowded around the bar ordering Budweisers in volume.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Around me was a community of blue-collar men and women who were satisfied with what I considered to be modest goals.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • They were suspicious of power and pretense, just like my blue-collar parents had always been, and they delighted in cutting phonies down to size.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • In the final years before his strokes, his old-fashioned spectacles, bushy eyebrows, and deeply lined face made him look more like a retired college professor than the blue-collar worker he had been.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe

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  • Later in the day, handsome young men in blue-collar clothes would ring the bell.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • That was why I was with a blue-collar agency instead of a white-collar agency.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • She was that misplaced woman who attempted to maintain aristocracy in a primarily blue-collar town.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Oswald has already put in a hard day of blue-collar labor, and the smell of his body odor wafts through the car.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Feamster was not a big star, but he loved the game, earned a good income, and traveled all over the country; not bad for a blue-collar kid from Detroit.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Like most blue-collar Baltimoreans, he was a horse player, a $2 bettor placing phone calls to a mysterious and illegal bookie at the far end of a telephone wire.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • …settlers who endured the horrors of the wagon trail to Chinese workers (once called coolies) and Irish laborers during the railroad building of the 1860s, to the Oklahoma dust-bowl refugees immortalized in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, to blue-collar workers pouring into the aerospace and defense industries of World War II and the Cold War, to blacks escaping the segregationist South, to Mexicans willing to pick the crops of agribusiness, to youths yearning for the lives glimpsed in…
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I’m Blue-Collar Mandy," the waitress says, holding out her hand and flashing me a smile.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • He left the bar a little past ten, stopped at the corner market for a pack of cigarettes, and drove past the houses in the blue-collar neighborhood where he lived.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • To give him up, to send him off to Corpus Christi as I eked out a comparatively dismal existence in the blue-collar world of central Michigan, was an unthinkable proposition.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Except for the previous year’s experience at City College I had spent my childhood in the blue-collar world where there was neither money, leisure, nor stimulus to cultivate an intelligent world view.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • 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]:   blue-collar [6] , white-collar [6] , white-collar [6] , white-collar crime [8]
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