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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LABORING

We woke up the farmer and his servant-maids and laboring men.

"You appear to be laboring under some sort of delusion," he replied.

She seemed to be laboring under an apprehension that almost unnerved her.

Smithy's voice was strained; it showed the tension under which he was laboring.

She was very pale, and laboring under so great an emotion that she had almost fallen.

He could state simple problems: "The air pump is laboring, sir."

The wet, red side of a dory's bow pushed past his laboring shoulder.

As I ate I told them of my sudden determination to become a laboring man.

The laboring classes seem to have no idea of economy or of providing for the morrow.

The motors were laboring and barely turning over at idling speed.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "a task, a project;" later "exertion of the body; trouble, difficulty, hardship" (late 14c.), from Old French labor "labor, toil, work, exertion, task" (12c., Modern French labeur), from Latin laborem (nominative labor) "labor, toil, exertion; hardship, pain, fatigue; a work, a product of labor," of uncertain origin, perhaps originally from the notion of "tottering under a burden," and related to labere "to totter."

Meaning "body of laborers considered as a class" (usually contrasted to capitalists) is from 1839. Sense of "physical exertions of childbirth" is 1590s, earlier labour of birthe (early 15c.), a sense also found in Old French, and cf. French en travail "in (childbirth) suffering" (see travail). Labor Day first marked 1882 in New York City.

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