blackleg

  • 1 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 *… …

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  • 2 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

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

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

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  • 5 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… …

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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… …

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  • 12 blackleg — black·leg blak .leg, .lāg n an enzootic usu. fatal toxemia esp. of young cattle caused by toxins produced by an anaerobic soil bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. chauvoei syn. C. feseri) called also black quarter, quarter evil …

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  • 13 blackleg — Synonyms and related words: Texas fever, anthrax, aphthous fever, bighead, black quarter, blackwater, blind staggers, bloody flux, broken wind, cattle plague, charbon, cheat, cheater, chiseler, cozener, crook, defrauder, diddler, distemper, fink …

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  • 14 blackleg — black|leg [ˈblækleg] n BrE someone who continues to work when other workers are on ↑strike used to show disapproval …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 blackleg — n. cheater; strikebreaker v. act as a strikebreaker …

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  • 16 blackleg — noun 1》 Brit. derogatory a person who continues working when fellow workers are on strike. 2》 a bacterial disease of cattle and sheep, causing necrosis in the leg. 3》 a plant disease in which part of the stem blackens and decays. verb (blacklegs …

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  • 17 blackleg — n. Gambler, sharper, swindler …

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  • 18 blackleg — noun (C) BrE someone who continues to work when other workers are on strike (strike2 (1)) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 blackleg — 1) An employee who refuses to join a trade union. 2) An employee who refuses to stop work when the rest of his co unionists have declared a strike …

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  • 20 blackleg — 1) An employee who refuses to join a trade union. 2) An employee who refuses to strike when an official strike has been declared …

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