blackleg
noun Date: circa 1722 1. a usually fatal toxemia especially of young cattle caused by a soil bacterium (Clostridium chauvoei) 2. a cheating gambler ; swindler 3. chiefly British a worker hostile to trade unionism or acting in opposition to union policies ; scab

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  • blackleg — black‧leg [ˈblækleg] noun [countable] a worker who continues to work during a strike or who does the work of someone who is on strike: • Chinese seamen were brought in from outside and used as blacklegs by the employers. see also strikebreaker *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Blackleg — Black leg , n. 1. A notorious gambler. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. A disease among calves and sheep, characterized by a settling of gelatinous matter in the legs, and sometimes in the neck. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blackleg — swindler, especially in equestrian events, 1771, from BLACK (Cf. black) + LEG (Cf. leg), but the exact signification is uncertain …   Etymology dictionary

  • blackleg — ► NOUN Brit. derogatory ▪ a person who continues working when fellow workers are on strike …   English terms dictionary

  • blackleg — [blak′leg΄] n. 1. an acute, usually fatal, infectious disease of young cattle and sheep, caused by a bacterium (esp. Clostridium chauvoei) and characterized by swelling and blackening of infected muscle tissue 2. a disease of beets and related… …   English World dictionary

  • Blackleg — The word blackleg has more than one meaning: *An older slang term for a strikebreaker, as in Blackleg Miner ; scab is the word used today. *A slang term for a person who cheats at cards, a cardsharp. *Various animal and plant diseases, including …   Wikipedia

  • blackleg — UK [ˈblækˌleɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms blackleg : singular blackleg plural blacklegs British showing disapproval someone who continues to work when the other people they work with are on strike …   English dictionary

  • blackleg — 1. noun a) Fatal cattle disease caused by soil borne bacteria. b) A person who takes the place of striking workers. A scab. 2. adjective Relating to a scab worker …   Wiktionary

  • blackleg — n. & v. n. (often attrib.) Brit. derog. a person who fails or declines to take part in industrial action. v.intr. ( legged, legging) act as a blackleg …   Useful english dictionary

  • blackleg — /blak leg /, n., v., blacklegged, blacklegging. n. 1. Also called black quarter, symptomatic anthrax. Vet. Pathol. an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle and sheep, caused by the soil bacterium Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by… …   Universalium

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