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blue-collar

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Definition related to manual or industrial laborers who work for hourly wages (exerting more physical than mental effort)
  • I was a child of privilege, he a sweet blue-collar man.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I'm Blue-Collar Mandy," the waitress says, holding out her hand and flashing me a smile.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • That was why I was with a blue-collar agency instead of a white-collar agency.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She was that misplaced woman who attempted to maintain aristocracy in a primarily blue-collar town.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • 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
  • On a blue-collar pastor's salary, what little reserve we had evaporated within weeks.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Later in the day, handsome young men in blue-collar clothes would ring the bell.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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?
  • Years of decline in the blue-collar economy manifested themselves in the material prospects of Middletown's residents.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • Alongside these conflicting norms about the value of blue-collar work existed a massive ignorance about how to achieve white-collar work.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy

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