scab Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"scab" in British English

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uk   us   /skæb/

scab noun (SKIN COVERING)

[C] a ​roughsurface made of ​driedblood that ​forms over a ​cut or ​brokenskin while it is healing
[U] a ​plant or ​animaldisease that ​causesroughareas on the ​skin

scab noun (WORKER)

[C] informal disapproving an ​insulting word for a ​person who ​continuesworking while other ​people in the ​organization are on strike


[I] (also scab over) to ​form a scab or ​becomecovered by a scab: The ​wound has scabbed over.
(Definition of scab from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scab" in American English

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scabnoun [C]

 us   /skæb/

scab noun [C] (SKIN COVERING)

a hard ​covering of ​dryblood that ​forms over a ​cut or ​sore: Don’t ​pick at ​your scab!

scab noun [C] (WORKER)

someone who ​takes the ​place of a ​worker who is striking (= ​joining in an ​organizedrefusal to ​work)
(Definition of scab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scab" in Business English

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scabnoun [C]

uk   us   /skæb/ informal disapproving
an insulting word for a ​person who continues ​working while other ​people in the ​organization are on strike: When she went to ​work she faced taunts of 'scab' from ​fellowworkers.
(Definition of scab from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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