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blue collar

Characteristic of the working class, especially manual laborers. The phrase refers to the collar of a laborer's uniform, in contrast to the "white collar" shirts that typically accompany formal dress. I come from a blue collar family, so I will always champion the common man's concerns. Blue collar workers have always been an important part of our economy.
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blue collar

of the lower class or working class; of a job or a worker, having to do with manual labor. (Also, when used as an attributive adjective, often blue-collar. Compare this with white collar. Alludes to the typical color of work shirts worn by mechanics, laborers, etc.) His parents were both blue-collar workers. He was the first person in his family to go to college. They bought a house in a nice, settled, blue-collar neighborhood.
See also: blue, collar
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As the subtitle, Challenging Myths about Blue Collar Labor, suggests, Torlina's main point was to resolve the discrepancies between how academics describe blue-collar workers and what he has personally observed, and this he does exceptionally well.
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Because we concentrate on the demand for white- and blue-collar workers, we select two subsamples of firms that hire at least one of these two types of workers.
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