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Blackleg   Listen

Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.  Synonyms: rat, scab, strikebreaker.

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"Blackleg" Quotes from Famous Books

... to the lot. I stared at them in bewilderment. They were my own checks, sure enough; and underneath my name, on the back of each one, was the indorsement of the infamous blackleg whose name had been a byword ever since I could remember as that of the chief devil in the policy blackmail conspiracy that had robbed the poor and corrupted the police force to ...
— Children of the Tenements • Jacob A. Riis

... Jackson's supporters, however, were quick to see the damaging effect of such a charge, and began to publish abroad the assertion that there had been a corrupt bargain, or, as John Randolph put it, "a coalition of Blifil and Black George,—a combination, unheard of until now, of the Puritan and the blackleg." Once persuaded that the charge was true, it was impossible to disabuse Jackson's mind, and during the next four years his friends continued to assert that he had been deprived of the ...
— Formation of the Union • Albert Bushnell Hart

... bursting with anger, disappointment, and shame, Dennis hastened away. He had been regarded as a thief, or at best a blackleg, seeking the position for some sinister purpose. This was the opening scene of the day on which he had determined that no mistakes should be made, and here at the outset he had allowed himself to be identified with a place ...
— Barriers Burned Away • E. P. Roe

... interest to support the farmers in his own country or to regard the world as his farm? The argument on the economic side is not so clear, but it is, I think, just as sound. If agriculture is neglected in any country the rural population pour into the towns. The country becomes a fountain of blackleg labor. Rural labor has no traditions of trade unionism, and takes any work at any price. There are fewer people engaged in producing food, and its cost rises. Food must be imported from abroad; and there is national insecurity, as in times of war their is always ...
— National Being - Some Thoughts on an Irish Polity • (A.E.)George William Russell

... one half his hands against the other, And e'en Briareus may be safely tackled. Whilst "Unionist" is foiled by "Blackleg" brother, Labour fights Capital with limbs half shackled. Hence Federations chant, in sweet communion, Hymns to the blessed ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 29, 1893 • Various

... must be the steward. Wiggins? Why, I saw him yesterday. Wiggins? What! That scoundrel? that blackleg? that villain who was horsewhipped at Epsom? Why, the man is almost an outlaw. It seemed to me incredible when I heard he was steward here; but when you tell me that he is your guardian it really is too much. It must be some scoundrelly trick of ...
— The Living Link • James De Mille

... the wrong. You and Yank certainly looked bold and warlike when he came along. Where's that confounded mozo? Oh, you have him, Frank. Good boy! Come here, my amiable citizen. I guess you understand English after all, or you couldn't have bargained so shrewdly with our blackleg friends." ...
— Gold • Stewart White

Words linked to "Blackleg" :   scab, worker, work, do work

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