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labour noun

1 work

ADJ. manual, physical | forced, hard He was sentenced to four years hard labour for his crime.

VERB + LABOUR withdraw The miners are threatening to withdraw their labour.

LABOUR + NOUN market an increasingly competitive labour market

2 workers

ADJ. cheap | casual | skilled, unskilled | child, migrant, slave It is thought that Stonehenge was built using slave labour.

LABOUR + NOUN force the size of the labour force | cost/costs | relations

3 giving birth

ADJ. difficult, easy | long, short The baby was born after a long labour.

VERB + LABOUR go into She went into labour two weeks early. | induce Labour was induced when the baby was ten days overdue.

LABOUR + NOUN room, ward | pains

PREP. in ~ She was in labour for ten hours.