in labor

in labor

[of a woman] experiencing the pains and exertion of childbirth. Susan was in labor for nearly eight hours. As soon as she had been in labor for an hour, she went to the hospital.
See also: labor
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The law is, however, that each male Gatholian shall give an hour a day in labor to the government.
But the rascal of a painter, poet, novelist, or other voluptuary in labor, is not content with his advantage in popular esteem over the ploughman; he also wants an advantage in money, as if there were more hours in a day spent in the studio or library than in the field; or as if he needed more food to enable him to do his work than the ploughman to enable him to do his.
immigrants (Figure 9) and experiences a significant rebound in labor market quality in 1992 and 1993 (Figure 8).
The improvement in immigrant quality between 1988 and 1993 is due to several factors: The predicted educational attainment of adjustments increases, immigration policy favors more highly-skilled immigrants by increasing the amount of employment and diversity preferences, and immigrants from all regions of origin improve in labor market quality.
Between 1987 and 1993, immigrants from all major regions of the world improve in labor market quality.
Before 9/11, progressives in labor and immigrant rights faced the danger that President Bush would succeed in turning the "legalization" agenda into an exploitive new guestworker program.
In fact, some of the most progressive voices in labor, such as the Laborers' O'Sullivan, are strident in their patriotic rhetoric.