black-collar

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Etymology[edit]

From black market and -collar.

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black-collar (not comparable)

  1. (rare) Of or pertaining to employment in the black market; that is, to engagement in illicit trade or distribution of untaxed goods and services.
    • 1946, The Ethical Outlook, page 270:
      Rewards necessarily drop for the former — not only because their numbers increase relatively but also because their output per man-hour does not rise as rapidly as that of the black-collar worker.
    • 1979, Reports of Cases Determined in the Courts of Appeal of the State of California:
      What attitudes, types of ideas and particular experiences would lead a "blue collar worker" to perceive the evidence of the defendant's guilt differently than a white, pink or black collar worker?
    • 1991, Search ResultsBusiness Journal, volume 66, number 7, page 52:
      Why can't we pass a law whereby every white/blue/black-collar worker with children pay into a fund about P20.00 a week from his pay.

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