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Scab   /skæb/   Listen

Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.  Synonyms: blackleg, rat, strikebreaker.
The crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion.

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"Scab" Quotes from Famous Books

... do it," said the girl. "I'm chairman of our Scab Committee. There's 400 of us girls locked out just because we demanded 50 cents a week raise in wages, and ice water, and for the foreman to shave off his mustache. You're too nice a looking girl to be a scab. Wouldn't you please help us along by trying to find a job somewhere else, or would you'se ...
— The Trimmed Lamp and Others • O Henry

... scowling men; dirty, slovenly, and wickedly ugly women; children to match, snarling, filthy little curs, with a ready beggar's whine on occasion. A gipsy encampment to-day is little more than a moving slum, a scab of squalor on the fair face of ...
— The Quest of the Golden Girl • Richard le Gallienne

... them through a bath of lime and sulphur. Some shepherds prefer a coal-tar dip. Whatever the dip is made of, the purpose is the same. It is to kill the parasites on the sheep and cure any diseases of the eyes. If sheep are not dipped they get the 'scab.' Some bit of a creature gets under their skin and burrows until it makes the sheep sick. Often, too, the wool will peel off in great patches. One sheep will take it from another, until by and by the ...
— The Story of Wool • Sara Ware Bassett

... right," retorted Jimmie with a grin as he wrinkled a freckled nose at the other. "I was going to think about a scab, anyhow, so I don't need a card. ...
— Boy Scouts in the North Sea - The Mystery of a Sub • G. Harvey Ralphson

... finished with scab labor, Mr. Tyler," says Hartley. "You have tried that before, haven't you? Well, this is final. Send those plumbers off at once or I will call out every ...
— Torchy As A Pa • Sewell Ford

... to their commands, but made straight onward. Then one blear-eyed and scab-faced cripple scrambled up and struck off his cap with a crutch. He picked it up again without a look or a word, and strode away. But next morning, at early prayers, there was a place empty at the door ...
— The Scapegoat • Hall Caine

Words linked to "Scab" :   work, tegument, skin, heal, do work, strikebreaker, eschar, worker, cutis, solid body substance, fink

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