Definition of wage slave in English:

wage slave

noun

informal
  • A person who is wholly dependent on income from employment, typically employment of an arduous or menial nature.

    • ‘There were plenty of ‘good salary’ job offers but he rejected all those as he did not want to be a wage slave.’
    • ‘Most of the children are refugees or illegal immigrants or are themselves the children of agricultural wage slaves.’
    • ‘The self-indulgent lifestyle of the celebrity nouveau riches is as far from her experience as it is from any wage slave in a tedious job.’
    • ‘Why work as a wage slave when the promise of big payoff from being on TV is only an audition away?’
    • ‘The mass entry of women into the workplace has transformed them from unpaid domestic slaves into wage slaves with cash to spend.’
    • ‘The make billions each year and treat their ‘associates’ like wage slaves.’
    • ‘A wage slave, you work for $8 an hour at some big box store - and this might be it for the rest of your life.’
    • ‘We, as wage slaves, are accustomed to thinking of income in a very narrow way: what we got paid.’
    • ‘In the 1970s the plight of the Third World coffee farmer was the first wake-up call that modern agribusiness was transforming subsistence farmers into wage slaves.’
    • ‘I'd said it before, during my time as a B&N wage slave, and it had never come back to haunt me.’
    • ‘I am a writer, a musician, an activist, but maybe most importantly right now, I am a student and I am a wage slave.’
    • ‘There is nothing post-modern about being a wage slave.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for savers, they are being slaughtered by inflation very silently but at least they are alive to work like a wage slave for another day.’
    • ‘Years ago I was working as a wage slave, collecting carts for my local grocery store.’
    • ‘Now, my husband is in a business that is expanding and will probably bring in more money annually than the two of us ever made as wage slaves.’
    • ‘It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge and new skills, keep the brain cells ticking over and have fun you never had time for when you were a wage slave.’
    • ‘Suffice to say, much as I would love to be a wage slave again for the sake of my dreams of becoming a homeowner, I am not ready.’
    • ‘Not only do entrepreneurs have to work differently from the wage slave, they have to think differently, too.’
    • ‘We are, in effect, wage slaves for huge corporations which were designed in the 19th century.’
    • ‘In the marketplace everything becomes a commodity and all workers become wage slaves who can be fired without compunction.’