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English definition of “owner-operator”


noun [C]     US
a person who owns and runs their own business: The port is looking at whether truckers should remain independent owner-operators or become employees.
(Definition of owner-operator noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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