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Someone who works very hard day in, day out, especially in a menial, lower-paying, or non-managerial position. None of this corporate politics stuff matters much to a working stiff like me, so long as I keep getting a pay check at the end of the week. My dad might have just been a working stiff, but he made damn sure that his kids got the opportunities and advantages he never had growing up.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price