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    blue-collar worker

    I'm supposed to write a letter of application , and I was just wondering if there's a more formal way of saying "blue-collar worker"?
    thanks in advance

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    Lingvo gives the translation "производственный рабочий", and translates that back as "production worker".
    Is that formal enough?

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    I've used "labourer" eventually, but I'm still not sure if that's the right one :/
    Thanks for the help, though, Tyomitch

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    Maybe: manual worker or industrial worker or working class man/woman
    blue-collar adjective . . . of manual workers: relating to workers who do manual or industrial work that often requires special work clothes or protective clothing.
    Encarta(R) World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (2006) http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_18616 ... ollar.html
    blue-collar (adj) Synonyms: manual, proletarian, working class
    Encarta(R) World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (2006) http://encarta.msn.com/thesaurus_/blue-collar.html

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    dang, I've already turned it in, and I left it saying "labourer". Is it a mistake? ;(

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    Greetings kamka, no, you did not make a mistake:
    laborer (n) Synonyms: manual worker, blue-collar worker, hand, workhand, drudge, worker, employee, navvy
    Encarta(R) World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (2006) http://encarta.msn.com/thesaurus_/laborer.html
    labourer . . . noun . . . someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
    http://www.wordreference.com/definition/labourer

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