n bondservant, bondsman, drudge, scullion (archaic) serf, servant, skivvy (chiefly Brit.) slavey (Brit. informal) varlet (archaic) vassal, villein
vb drudge, grind (informal) skivvy (Brit.) slog, sweat, toil, work one's fingers to the bone
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
slave ( slaves plural & 3rd person present) ( slaving present participle) ( slaved past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A slave is someone who is the property of another person and has to work for that person.
The state of Liberia was formed a century and a half ago by freed slaves from the United States.
2 n-count You can describe someone as a slave when they are completely under the control of another person or of a powerful influence.
Movie stars used to be slaves to the studio system.
3 verb If you say that a person is slavingover something or is slavingfor someone, you mean that they are working very hard. When you're busy all day the last thing you want to do is spend hours slaving over a hot stove. V over n Slave away means the same as slave., phrasal verb He stares at the hundreds of workers slaving away in the intense sun. V P slave away →
in AM, use slave labor
1 n-uncount Slave labour refers to slaves or to work done by slaves.
The children were used as slave labour in gold mines in the jungle...
2 n-uncount If people work very hard for long hours for very little money, you can refer to it as slave labour., (disapproval)
He's been forced into slave labour at burger bars to earn a bit of cash.
The slave trade is the buying and selling of slaves, especially Black Africans, from the 16th to the 19th centuries. n-sing the N
...profits from the slave trade.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
brought into servitude; slave to someone
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