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the declining demand for labour in agriculture
a plentiful supply of cheap labour
The demand for skilled labour in the building industry is high.
Hotel managers need skilled staff and can't afford to rely on casual labour.
the traditional division of labour between men and women in the home
The price quoted includes the cost of all labour and materials.
drugs to ensure pain-free labour and delivery
She went into labour early this morning.
His wife was in labour for six hours.
This is the British English definition of labour. View American English definition of labour.
a room in a church used for storing things
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