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day laborer


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n day laborer a laborer who works by the day; for daily wages
    • ***


  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor's done.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.”


In literature:

The whole has certainly more of concrete beauty than many of the labored attempts of the present day.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
It is said that even in our day there are editors who employ convict labor in this way.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Laborers receive a sum equal to about twenty cents of our money for a day's work, and carpenters about fifty cents.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
And often, after laboring all day, he read or wrote until eleven or twelve o'clock at night.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
There is no country where so much wine is drank as in Georgia, even a laborer is allowed five bottles a day.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Coming in from the country are farmers, dairymen, day-laborers.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
Out of doors were all the pleasant sights and sounds of the peaceful evening coming on after the labors of the busy day.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
At the close of the day's work the basket and sack will be filled, and the laborers will return to their home by the same way.
"Jean Francois Millet" by Estelle M. Hurll
I requested him to build it with his own men, as mine were almost exhausted by the labors of the day.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
In the early days the labor of the sexes was clearly defined.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Go into the lanes, go into the back streets, go where the mechanic lives; go where the day-laborer lives.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
Two days' labor every week will provide abundant food for a man and his family.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
A piece of gold, the smallest pay, Was earned by labor for a day.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
It was evening and father Liszt, after the labors of the day were over, could call these precious hours his own.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
After a day of labor, what a pleasure it is to meet at home the warmth of hearts we love!
"Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians" by Charles Ebert Orr
They were dependent on day labor.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The labor of days is rewarded.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Vol. XV., No. 85. January, 1875." by Various
Left lonely by his wife, each day more and more estranged, Felix loved to labor with the youth in the tasks to both congenial.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
The laborers told him of his companion's inability to work, and of his days of pain.
"Allegories of Life" by Mrs. J. S. Adams
The maid needs her rest to fit her for her day's labors, and washing well done requires the light of day.
"The Complete Home" by Various

In poetry:

With patient labor, day by day,
I work along this toilsome way
Intent on doing good;
My pupils' hearts I would inspire
With noble thoughts and strong desire
For intellectual food.
"The Teacher's Soliloquy" by Jared Barhite
She comforts all her mother's days,
And with her sweet obedient ways
She makes her labor light;
So sweet to hear, so fair to see!
O, she is much too good for me,
That lovely Lettice White!
"Supper at the Mill" by Jean Ingelow
When the second time he came there,
After days and nights of labor,
Hard as were it for redemption,—
Then the Lord Himself gave welcome,
Led him gently thither, saying:
"Peace be with thee! Thou hast conquered!"
"P. A. Munch" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Sunshine or shadow, or gold day or gray day,
Life must be lived as our destinies rule;
Leisure or labor or work day or play day—
Feasts for the famous and fun for the fool;
Phyllis, ah, Phyllis, my life is a gray day.
"Phyllis" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I was a mighty worker, in them 'ere difficult days,
For work is a good investment, and almost always pays;
But when ten years' hard labor went smokin' into the air.
I doubted all o' the maxims, an' felt that it wasn't fair.
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton
Fold your hands and rest, and rest,
The sun sails on from the east to the west,
The days will come, and the days will go,
What good can man for his labor show
In passionless peace, come float with me
Over the waves of this wonderful sea.
"The Song Of The Siren" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Day laborers wait for work near a Home Depot store in Phoenix.
A Colorado Springs resident for 10 years, Demers had been living in an apartment and working as a day laborer .
But in the past two years, the Colectivo has concentrated on fighting for the rights of day laborers in a county that has seen cities pass increasingly stringent ordinances against them.
The police arrested 10 immigrants on Tuesday on charges that they blocked a sidewalk at a popular gathering place for day laborers in Jackson Heights, Queens, the chief spokesman of the Police Department said.
Los Angeles City Council has passed a new ordinance that will require home improvement stores to develop a plan for day laborers who seek work in the parking lots of big-box stores, with an emphasis on providing shelter.
Latino activists, workers and Portland City Council members celebrated the opening of a government-sponsored center for day laborers Friday afternoon.
The activists were in front of the old police station and the day laborers were in the back, so the workers could not see what was going on between the groups.
The nation has more than 100,000 day laborers, said Abel Valenzuela Jr, a professor of urban studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is considered the foremost academic expert on day laborers .
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W Kilgore said Monday that Virginia should not pay for centers to help day laborers, calling them the latest examples of society rewarding illegal immigrants.
Arizona's attempt to criminalize day laborers who block traffic seeking work came in for rough treatment Wednesday before a federal appeals court.
As the Labor Day holiday approaches, getting through the news of the day seems strangely labored.
Today, May 1st, is known as May Day around the world—a holiday marking the rights of laborers, but in the United States, following on a tradition set by Dwight David Eisenhower, it is Law Day.
Monday was a beautiful day for one of Michigan's most popular Labor Day traditions: the five mile trek across the Mackinac Bridge .
It was a gorgeous day for one of Michigan's most popular Labor Day traditions.
Who says nothing opens between Memorial Day and Labor Day.