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working stiff

Fig. someone who works, especially in a nonmanagement position. (Originally and typically referring to males.) But does the working stiff really care about all this economic stuff? All the working stiffs want is a raise.
See also: stiff, working

working stiff

n. a working man; a man who must work to live. (see also stiff.) But does the working stiff really care about all this economic stuff?
See also: stiff, working

working stiff

A hardworking employee. First heard in the 1930s, this phrase describes your average guy or gal who works at a not-very-interesting- or-stimulating job and for wages that mean a paycheck-to-paycheck existence. “Stiff ” might have come from muscle fatigues at the end of the day or week, but it's just as likely to be the slang word for “corpse,” which would reflect the idea of a working stiff in a dead-end job.
See also: stiff, working
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For all the questionable utility of some programs of study in both high school and institutes of "higher learning," it seems there is room for programs with the explicit objective of teaching our youth the basics of survival in the world of working stiffs.
Ira Aronin: "Unions can be corrupt like any organization, but the increasing gap between the very wealthy and the working stiffs can be tied directly to union busting and the decline of unionized labor in this country.
My friends' dogs were nondescript working stiffs with foxy muzzles and pointy ears.
They're a couple of working stiffs who live near Reno, Nev.
com bubble, when a ballooning stock market inflated CEO compensation to 411 times that of working stiffs.
Abramson and her type do not much care what working stiffs think of them.
In John 13 Jesus teaches his disciples--married working stiffs all--to get up from the table, put on an apron, and do some serious domestic labor.
America is increasingly looking like imperial Britain, with dynastic ties proliferating, social circles interlocking, mechanisms of social exclusion strengthening, and a gap widening between the people who make decisions and shape the culture and the vast majority of working stiffs.
If that dream technology were real, CosmoD would have jumper-cabled up a vast crew of working stiffs.
It seems to work fine for the rest of us working stiffs.
His key break was scoring a co-lead alongside James Belushi in comedy series Working Stiffs in 1979, which showcased his comedic talent and got him into the casting for the co-lead in Night Shift in 1982.
What if all of these skyscrapers housed things like the Mafia and the CIA, and their operatives were working stiffs, too?
In all fairness, Apple was up-font and told the world this isn't for us working stiffs.
These projects, after all, are a way of rewarding political contributors and convincing working stiffs that you have their best interests at heart.
If he seems like a throwback to an era when members of the working press identified with other working stiffs, that's because he remembers an American economy where workers expected that, if they did their work well and their employers prospered, their jobs would not be in jeopardy.