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slave

noun [C] uk   /sleɪv/ us  
B2 a person who is legally owned by someone else and has to work for that person: Black slaves used to work on the cotton plantations of the southern United States. I'm tired of being treated like a slave!Servants, slaves and underlings

slave

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /sleɪv/ informal us  
to work very hard at something: We slaved away all week at the report.humorous I've been slaving over a hot stove (= cooking) all morning.
See also
Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work
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