Definition of “scab” - English Dictionary

“scab” in American English

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scabnoun [ C ]

us /skæb/

scab noun [ C ] (SKIN COVERING)

a hard covering of dry blood 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 organized refusal 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 /skæb/ us 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 fellow workers.

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