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,   (U.S.)   labor  
1    productive work, esp. physical toil done for wages  
a    the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp. in contrast to management, capital, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
a labour dispute, labour relations     
a    difficult or arduous work or effort  
b    (in combination)  
4    a particular job or task, esp. of a difficult nature  
a    the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place  
b    (as modifier)  
labour pains     
6    labour of love   something done for pleasure rather than gain  
7    intr   to perform labour; work  
8    intr; foll by: for, etc.   to strive or work hard (for something)  
9    intr; usually foll by: under   to be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of)  
to labour under a misapprehension     
10    intr   to make one's way with difficulty  
11    tr   to deal with or treat too persistently  
to labour a point     
12    intr   (of a woman) to be in labour  
13    intr   (of a ship) to pitch and toss  
     (C13: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to labi to fall)  
  labouringly     (U.S.)  
  laboringly      adv  

child labour  
      n   the full-time employment of children below a minimum age laid down by statute  
direct labour  
      n     (Commerce)  
1    work that is an essential part of a production process or the provision of a service  
   Compare       indirect labour  
2      (Brit)   workers who are part of an employer's own labour force rather than hired through a contractor, such as building workers employed by a local authority  
division of labour  
      n   a system of organizing the manufacture of an article in a series of separate specialized operations, each of which is carried out by a different worker or group of workers  
free labour  
1    the labour of workers who are not members of trade unions  
2    such workers collectively  
hard labour  
      n     (Criminal law)   (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948  
indirect labour  
      n     (Commerce)   work done in administration and sales rather than in the manufacturing of a product  
   Compare       direct labour       1  
International Labour Organisation  
      n   a special agency of the United Nations responsible for research and recommendations in the field of labour conditions and practices: founded in 1919 in affiliation to the League of Nations,   (Abbrev.)    ILO  
Labour and Socialist International  
      n   the. an international association of socialist parties formed in Hamburg in 1923: destroyed by World War II,   (Also called)    Second International  
labour camp  
1    a penal colony involving forced labour  
2    a camp for migratory labourers  
Labour Day  
      n   a public holiday in many countries in honour of labour, usually held on May 1  
   See also       Labor Day  
labour exchange  
      n     (Brit)      a former name for       employment office  
      adj   of or denoting a task, organization, industry, etc., in which a high proportion of the costs are due to wages, salaries, etc.  
labour law  
      n   those areas of law which appertain to the relationship between employers and employees and between employers and trade unions  
Labour Party  
1    a British political party, formed in 1900 as an amalgam of various trade unions and socialist groups, generally supporting the interests of organized labour and advocating democratic socialism and social equality  
2    any similar party in any of various other countries  
labour relations  
      pl n  
a    collective relations between the management of an organization and its employees or employees' representatives  
b    a set of such relations in a wider context, such as in an industry, or in a national economy  
Social Democratic and Labour Party  
      n   a Northern Irish political party, which advocates peaceful union with the Republic of Ireland  
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unconventional monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the national economy when conventional monetary policy has become ineffective.


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