Meaning of white-collar in English:


Pronunciation /ˌwʌɪtˈkɒlə/

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  • 1Relating to the work done or the people who work in an office or other professional environment.

    ‘The white-collar salaried professions, such as public administration and banking, did however, provide the potential for mobility.’
    • ‘About 50 million Americans work in these white-collar office jobs.’
    • ‘Changes in employment that have downgraded the status and pay of many of the old white-collar professions have rendered this term almost meaningless.’
    • ‘He doesn't seem to recognize the South as a region with a robust economy, white-collar professionals and growing urban areas.’
    • ‘In the past, training for white-collar professions was favored and emphasized, and titles and diplomas were fetishized.’
    • ‘He mentioned a friend who had resigned from his white-collar professional position with a multinational company to become a teacher.’
    • ‘They want a degree that will put them into a position to get good, professional, white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘However, they are proportionally under-represented in the white-collar professions and in the political system.’
    • ‘Office environments and work pressures are two major causes of white-collar health problems.’
    • ‘Other studies held that women in white-collar work, such as office employees, were the most common targets.’
    • ‘In the '90s a lot of corporations began to turn on their white-collar professional and managerial workers too.’
    • ‘By the following year it had grown to 60,000 members - mainly white-collar workers and professionals.’
    • ‘It would usually be packed with white-collar workers from nearby office buildings.’
    • ‘The auto maker has already cut executive bonuses and is eliminating 5,000 white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘Good colleges, scholarships, white-collar jobs, a nice homemaker wife, and two kids were already tangible in his future.’
    • ‘Pilots, machinists and a section of white-collar employees own a combined 55 percent of United Airlines through such stock options.’
    • ‘The second wave of outsourcing, which began in the 1990s, threatens white-collar service and information technology jobs.’
    • ‘Suits and ties are symbols of white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘According to one study, more than one million white-collar jobs are likely to disappear from this country in the next 15 years.’
    • ‘Buyers are largely under-30 and have white-collar jobs in such areas as advertising or high-technology, Wu said.’
    non-manual, office, clerical, professional, executive, salaried
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    1. 1.1Denoting non-violent crime committed by white-collar workers, especially fraud.
      ‘More regular surveys are being conducted of business corporations, resulting in greater exposure of fraud and white-collar crime.’
      • ‘The alleged criminal conduct was a nonviolent white-collar crime of which the many bank depositors in the Pekin area were the victims.’
      • ‘The Federal Trade Commission has named identity theft the fastest-growing white-collar crime today.’
      • ‘The word ‘fraud’ conjures up images of white-collar crime and high-profile corporations.’
      • ‘He became an investigator, principally focusing on white-collar crime and political corruption cases.’
      • ‘The district attorney in Manhattan has a long record of pursuing cases involving white-collar crime, corruption and bribery.’
      • ‘The incentive scheme raised strong public criticism that such white-collar crimes would go unpunished.’
      • ‘The high incidence of white-collar crime poses a serious threat to entrepreneurship and the future of legitimate business activities in Eastern Europe.’
      • ‘There is white-collar crime including embezzlement, tax evasion, and bribes to officials.’
      • ‘Official corruption and white-collar crime have increased.’
      • ‘The sentence has the public, never that trusting of politicians to begin with, wondering how seriously white-collar crime is being taken by the courts.’
      • ‘Background checks can turn up records of assaults or other violence, as well as white-collar crimes.’
      • ‘When white-collar crime gets tricky and important managers are implicated, internal auditors may be compromised.’
      • ‘Top-level vacancies in specialties ranging from white-collar crime to counterterrorism go begging for applicants.’
      • ‘The only category that can be said to have ‘inexorably’ risen in the past decade in New Zealand is white-collar crime.’
      • ‘If kidnappers get life imprisonment and their victims get their money back, it makes no sense that white-collar crimes can be treated so lightly.’
      • ‘Justice Minister Michael McDowell said white-collar crime was not victimless and its effects were felt across the economy.’
      • ‘This addition to the nation's anti-corruption laws is part of a flurry of legislative activity to combat white-collar crime.’
      • ‘These were ‘trying times’ where violent and white-collar crime were rife.’
      • ‘Historical studies of white-collar crime have also traditionally focused on men.’