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English definition of “sweatshop”


noun [C]     /ˈswetʃɒp/ disapproving WORKPLACE, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
a place where people work for long hours and very low pay in an unhealthy situation: sweatshop conditions/products/workers The report claims many toy companies only worry about sweatshop conditions during periods of bad publicity.
(Definition of sweatshop noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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