Definition of “blackleg” - English Dictionary

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“blackleg” in English

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blacklegnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈblæk.leɡ/ us /ˈblæk.leɡ/ also scab UK disapproving

Examples from literature

  • A kind of blackleg doing the work cheaper—nay, for nothing. 
  • Moreover, though I am carefully informed that he is a blackleg, I find him honest. 

(Definition of “blackleg” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“blackleg” in Business English

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blacklegnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈblækleɡ/ us

UK disapproving WORKPLACE an employee who continues to work during a strike (= a period when workers refuse to work because of a disagreement with an employer):

They protested about the use of blackleg labour.

(Definition of “blackleg” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)