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meaning of "division of labor"



 
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meaning of "division of labor" #1 (permalink) Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:26 am   meaning of "division of labor"
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #294 "Economics Questions test (2)", question 4

When companies split up or divide workers' tasks so that each worker performs one job or task, the process is known as ..........

(a) division of labor
(b) student lines
(c) technology

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #294 "Economics Questions test (2)", answer 4

When companies split up or divide workers' tasks so that each worker performs one job or task, the process is known as division of labor.

Correct answer: (a) division of labor
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what is labor?

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meaning of "division of labor" #2 (permalink) Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:16 am   meaning of "division of labor"
 

'Labor/labour' in this context means 'work'. 'Labour' is also the workforce or a company's workers.

Here are two interesting expressions with the word 'labour':

- to labour under a delusion, to have a (persistently) wrong impression

- to labour the point, to argue/to discuss something too long.

Another sense of the word 'labour' is '(pains of) childbirth'.

Also, if a car engine, etc. labours, it works with difficulty.
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