wages


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WAGES, contract. A compensation given to a hired person for his or her services. As to servants wages, see Chitty, Contr. 171 as to sailors' wages, Abbott on Ship. 473; generally, see 22. Vin. Abr. 406; Bac. Abr. Master, &c., H; Marsh. Ins. 89; 2 Lill. Abr. 677; Peters' Dig. Admiralty, pl. 231, et seq.

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It is only against rascals that run away without paying their men their wages.
No matter how much you give to the poor, everything except a bare subsistence wage will be taken from them again by force.
I do not believe," replied Don Quixote, "that such squires were ever on wages, but were dependent on favour; and if I have now mentioned thine in the sealed will I have left at home, it was with a view to what may happen; for as yet I know not how chivalry will turn out in these wretched times of ours, and I do not wish my soul to suffer for trifles in the other world; for I would have thee know, Sancho, that in this there is no condition more hazardous than that of adventurers.
In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.
It happened, one evening when Adrienne was receiving her wages from the milliner, that the poor girl overheard a discourse that proved she was not paid at the rate at which others were remunerated.
Still her conscience was so tender that she even doubted the propriety of accepting her old wages were she really incompetent to earn them.
Then labor has received in wages, during the same period, two billion dollars.
No, labor consumes all of the total product that its wages will buy back.
Labor cannot consume any of it, for labor has already spent all its wages.
The owners of the land had thought that they should be ruined did they pay the great wages demanded of them.
That servants must have their diversions as well as other people; that he was sorry for the accident which had happened to the book, but that several of his acquaintance had bought the same for a shilling, and that I might stop as much in his wages, if I pleased.
Invariably, on Saturday night, Billy poured his total wages into her lap.