corporate welfare bum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1972 by Canadian labor leader and politician David Lewis (1909-1981).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

corporate welfare bum (plural corporate welfare bums)

  1. (chiefly Canada, idiomatic, derogatory) A business corporation or business executive receiving significant financial assistance from government sources.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The campaign: Interesting, eventful and influential" by Peter Desbarats, Montreal Gazette, Oct. 28, 1972, p. 7:
    NDP Leader Lewis has campaigned more effectively than any of the others. His "corporate welfare bum" slogan became the only memorable one of the campaign.