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working classnoun [S, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˌwɜː.kɪŋ ˈklɑːs/  us   /ˌwɝː.kɪŋ ˈklæs/ (UK also the working classes)
a ​socialgroup that consists of ​people who ​earn little ​money, often being ​paid only for the ​hours or ​days that they ​work, and who usually do ​physicalwork: The ​workingclass usually ​react/​reacts in a ​predictable way to ​governmentpolicies.
working-class
adjective uk   /ˌwɜː.kɪŋˈklɑːs/  us   /ˌwɝː.kɪŋˈklæs/
working-class ​people/​families
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working classnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈwɜr·kɪŋ ˌklæs/
the ​group of ​people in ​society who use ​physicalskills in ​theirjobs and are usually ​paid by the ​hour: a working-class ​neighborhood/​family
(Definition of working class from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"working-class" in Business English

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working-classadjective [before noun]

uk   us   ECONOMICS
belonging or ​relating to the ​socialgroup that consists of ​people who usually do ​physicalwork, and usually do not have much ​money or a very high ​level of ​education: Most of our ​voters come from working-class ​backgrounds. a working-class ​area a working-class family
(Definition of working-class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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