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Jul 14, 2015
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
longhair
blackleg
double-dome
white-livered
dittohead

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blackleg

PRONUNCIATION:
(BLAK-leg)

MEANING:
noun:
1. One who works while other workers are on strike.
2. A swindler, especially in games such as gambling.
3. One of various diseases of plants or cattle.

ETYMOLOGY:
It’s unclear how the term came to be employed for a strikebreaker. Earliest documented use: 1722.

USAGE:
“Derek McGrath never crossed any picket line but he was regarded as a blackleg nonetheless.”
Two Guilty Parties as U-21 Final Row Rages; Irish Examiner (Cork, Ireland); May 5, 2015.

See more usage examples of blackleg in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Literature encourages tolerance -- bigots and fanatics seldom have any use for the arts, because they're so preoccupied with their beliefs and actions that they can't see them also as possibilities. -Northrop Frye, writer and critic (14 Jul 1912-1991)

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