working people


working people
   British
   industrial workers not self-employed or in management
   Those who once claimed to belong to the working class, but the people who use the phrase tend to ignore others who also work for a living. Also as working men:
    I doubt whether working people will be willing to go on making sacrifices of this nature for much longer. (Daily Telegraph, January 1977 — the sacrifice was not to receive a wage increase much exceeding the rate of inflation)
    ... most working men obeyed their trade union leaders. (Faulks, 1996, writing about the General Strike)

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