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bad workers always blame their tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, bad workers always blame their tools.
See also: always, bad, blame, tool, worker

a fast worker

One who is able to navigate a complicated, nuanced, or difficult situation in order to gain an advantage for themselves. A figurative use of the phrase's literal meaning, "one who is able to work quickly." Promoted to manager in less than half a year? My, he's a fast worker, isn't he? But the actress is a fast worker, deftly maneuvering through the more emotionally charged material to give her character an immediate presence in the film.
See also: fast, worker

black-collar worker

Someone who tends to wear black clothing and, typically, is employed in a creative field. The term is formed on the model of "blue-collar" and "white-collar." Honestly, the black-collar workers employed by that designer really intimidate me—they just seem so cool!
See also: worker

a fast ˈworker

(informal) a person who wastes no time in gaining an advantage, especially a person who can quickly gain somebody’s affection: She’s a fast worker! She’s only been here a few days and already the boss has invited her for dinner!
See also: fast, worker

black-collar workers

n. people, usually affected, who wear black all the time. (Contrived. A play on white-collar and blue-collar workers.) I hate to go over to the gallery. It’s filled with black-collar workers. Reminds me of the Adams Family.
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One of the great myths of the immigration debate is that American workers will not do the types of jobs currently being filled in large part by illegal immigrants.
Needless to say, injured workers faced a lengthy and uphill battle for recovery.
During the latter period radical black unions emerged, and large integrated unions responded by opening leadership posts to moderate blacks and developing training and apprenticeship programs that gave some black workers upward mobility.
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Less-skilled immigrant workers arrived, and the company began a long-standing policy of hiring African-Americans in certain positions.
One additional asymptomatic worker met the laboratory-confirmed case definition with a positive serology test for acute histoplasmosis infection.
Given that males come from unfertilized eggs, a worker of a singly mated queen would on average share more genes with a nephew--the son of one of her sisters--than with a brother.
College membership is required if a person represents or holds out expressly or by implication that he or she is a social worker or a social service worker or a registered social worker or a registered social service worker.
Fewer than 30,000 farm workers are organized, advocates say.
When interviewed by NYSDOH staff, the patient reported that she was a laboratory worker (laboratory worker 2) at laboratory 2.
every ninth worker was contacted and asked to participate in the study until a full sample was achieved.
Each agreement follows a basic territoriality rule, under which a worker is subject to the coverage of the country in which he or she is performing services.
If a dispute exists after that, the worker may appeal to an Independent Medical Reviewer appointed by the Administrative Director of the state Division of Workers' Compensation, who will issue an opinion on whether the disputed medical services meet the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine/Administrative Director guidelines.