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working stiff

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.
See also: stiff, working

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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Law & Order and Homicide present their protagonists as low-key working stiffs with a strong sense of morals who ploddingly put together the clues that will solve a crime.
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How's a working stiff to cope with all the demands and still stay sane?
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a brain surgeon, but with an affordable rifle within reach of working stiffs.
Many of us race side-by-side with professionals, yet we are mere working stiffs by day.
So I count myself among the rest of us working stiffs who worry about job security.
And all working stiffs are rushing to complete the task for which they have had 365 days, but still neglected until the last frantic weekend.
In the phraseology of the underworld, "Working stiffs." And that is all they are; hard working toilers at the worst and most severe of jobs.
Wall Street is about as close as it has ever been to being full of working stiffs. Clock-punchers.
Keaton made his television debut in 1975 in the children's series "Mister Roger's Neighborhood." His big break was in 1977 when he joined the cast of the sitcom "All's Fair," after he appeared in that sitcom he landed a role in the comedy, "Working Stiffs." However, after the cancellation of the show, he tried to appear in television shows again and he succeeded in 1982.
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.
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