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{adj: drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling} doing arduous or unpleasant work
"drudging peasants"
"the bent backs of laboring slaves picking cotton"
"toiling coal miners in the black deeps"



{adj: heavy, labored, laboured} requiring or showing effort
"heavy breathing"
"the subject made for labored reading"

{adj: labor-intensive, labour-intensive} requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital
"cottage industries are labor intensive"

{adj: labored, laboured, strained} lacking natural ease
"a labored style of debating"

{adj: signal} notably out of the ordinary
"the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"

{adv: tamely} in a tame manner
"the labour movement allowed itself to be run out of power tamely"

{n: Attlee, Clement Attlee, Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee} British statesman and leader of the Labour party who instituted the welfare state in England (1883-1967)

{n: International Labor Organization, International Labour Organization, ILO} the United Nations agency concerned with the interests of labor

{n: Labour Party, Labour, Labor Party, Labor} a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries

{n: Labourite} a member of the British Labour Party

{n: Militant Tendency} a Trotskyist political organization in Great Britain set up in 1964 inside the Labour Party

{n: birth pangs, labor pains, labour pains} a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth

{n: labor of love, labour of love} productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation

{n: labor, labour, toil} productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

{n: labor, labour, working class, proletariat} a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
"there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

{n: manual labor, manual labour} labor done with the hands

{n: parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed} concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
"she was in labor for six hours"

{n: premature labor, premature labour} labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation

{v: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil} work hard
"She was digging away at her math homework"
"Lexicographers drudge all day long"

{v: labor, labour} undergo the efforts of childbirth

{v: tug, labor, labour, push, drive} strive and make an effort to reach a goal
"She tugged for years to make a decent living"
"We have to push a little to make the deadline!"
"She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"


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