blue collar

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - blue collar

"blue collar"

relating to people who earn a living doing manual labor or generally use their bodies rather than their minds to earn a living


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - blue collar

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  My grandfather worked in a factory. My father worked in a factory and now I work in a factory but my son is going to go to college.

Coworker 2:  You don't want your son to be a blue collar worker?

Coworker 1:  I am proud of my heritage and our strong work ethic but it is really hard work and my son is brilliant. I think he wouldn't do very well working in a factory.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - blue collar

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I see a lot of tradesmen vans in your neighborhood. You've got plumbers and electricians and carpenters. Guess you never have to look far if you need repairs around the house, huh?

Friend 2:  This is definitely a blue-collar neighborhood. My grandfather worked construction all his life and he built this house.

Friend 1:  But you are a teacher. Are you going to move?

Friend 2:  No. I love the people here. They remind me of my grandfather with their middle-class sense of fair play and decency.

blue collar - Usage:


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blue collar - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for blue collar.

blue collar - Examples:

1)  A vast majority of those folks are blue collar, average Joe type folks who do not respond well to negativity and disrespect.

2)  Our blue collar industry has to come back here to manufacture 'made in USA' products not ...

3)  ... had touted themselves defenders of the middle-class and the blue collar worker, and this is how they take care of their welfare and interests?

4)  That's a place where you have a lot of blue collar voters who still understand the importance of unions, ...

5)  He has also made an appeal to the blue collar middle class and working poor a central part of his candidacy, ...

6)  From my home in New Jersey's blue collar suburbs, I would ride my bike down to visit the transmitters of ...

7)  My father was the first member of his blue collar family to receive a college education, under the G.I. bill.

8)  This was interpreted as reflecting the more traditional gender-role attitudes in the blue collar class. 

9)  My dad was blue collar. He was a furniture mover, who worked harder than any other person I ...

10)  They are very scared -- the era when blue collar workers without advanced education could make a good living is over in the U.S.

11)  ... the young and unionized blue-collar workers in Midwestern battleground states.

12)  How much money is required to maintain the middle-class or even blue-collar lifestyle of a mobile-home dealer and his family? 

13)  He juxtaposes this with the more traditionally "blue-collar" jobs of mechanics, plumbers and carpenters, where the quality of the work ...

14)  ... located in a blue-collar, working-class neighborhood, ...

15)  ... that there is a balance between the power of wealth and the power of the blue-collar laborer.

16)  ... starting out with nothing but a blue-collar work-ethic and building himself a "niche" in the construction/remodelling trade.

17)  ... work vanished; one of every six blue-collar jobs in production, craft, repair, and machine operation did the same.

18)  ... a category that includes mainly blue-collar jobs, such as in food service and construction.

19)  This isn't just the familiar story of how blue-collar, male-dominated fields such construction and manufacturing were decimated.

20)  Many low-wage, blue-collar workers are social conservatives who pay no federal income tax. They work hard ...