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coolie

noun [C] uk   /ˈkuː.li/ old-fashioned offensive us  
an unskilled and cheaply employed worker in Asia Indian English a person whose job is to carry things, especially travellers' bags at stations, airports, etc.
Translations of “coolie”
in Spanish trabajador…
in French coolie (travailleur asiatique)…
in German der Kuli…
in Chinese (Traditional) 苦力(指亞洲無技術、廉價的工人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 苦力(指亚洲无技术、廉价的工人)…
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