Working Stiff


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Working Stiff

Informal; an employee in a non-management position, especially one who is treated poorly. The term often is used in reference to tensions between corporate authorities and those under them.
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My own father, for instance, himself a working stiff from Brooklyn, was a proud Knight of Pythias for many years.
He is just an ordinary working stiff who tidies the garden in his spare time, has a loving wife who nags him for his secret smoking and dotes on his baby daughter.
Certainly the working stiff has tastes which are excited more by, say, NFL football or the Fox fall lineup than the Mapplethorpe exhibit.
Seeing those word--"We're very excited by the trickle-down effect"--actually spoken by a working stiff puts the dissonance and illogic of supply-side theory in full relief.
The same could be said of the hundreds of shoppers who are expected for the two-day sale, which actually has as much in common with the typical garage sale as a celebrity does with a 9-to-5 working stiff, though television fashionista Steven ``Cojo'' Cojocaru did have some fun with what was going on.
I am a working stiff who now has two jobs to make ends meet, and I share a car with my wife.
Webb presented the policeman as a blue-collar working stiff.
As a New York Post Page Six gossip columnist, Paula Froelich has seen the best and worst New York City has to offer, from the daily grind of the average working stiff to the public scandals and shakeups of the city's glitterati.
In "Cooling Off," he's a working stiff looking back on his days in a restaurant.
Lopez's Charlie is an oh-so-adorable working stiff of the wacky La La Land variety (she walks dogs - probably just for the requisite poop joke - as well as toiling as a temp, yoga instructor, Little League coach, yada, yada, yada) who meets the man of her dreams (Michael Vartan playing a plot device) only to realize that the dream has a dark underbelly (Fonda).
Too steep for your average working stiff, proclaimed the other half of our team.