labor under (something)

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labor under (something)

To live, function, or operate while believing something or holding an assumption of some kind, especially something that is not or may not be true. We all labored under the assumption that we would be getting paid overtime, so we all nearly quit when we realized that wasn't the case These politicians want us all to labor under the notion that they're our friends, looking out for our interests first and foremost.
See also: labor

labor under an assumption

Fig. to function or operate believing something; to go about living while assuming something [that may not be so]. I was laboring under the idea that we were going to share the profits equally. Are you laboring under the notion that you are going to be promoted?
See also: assumption, labor
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He states, "The economy of the 21st century looks increasingly likely to be an economy of service." He then claims that some people "on the right continue to labor under the idea of entrepreneurial production, whereby a man will pull himself up by his bootstraps by producing," but, Coppage claims, such production is not "suited to an economy of service." Coppage envisions an economy based not on property, ownership, and production, but one based on "the ideas of sacred service embedded in Christianity for the past two millennia."