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Scab

A pejorative term used colloquially in reference to a nonunion worker who takes the place of a union employee on strike or who works for wages and other conditions that are inferior to those guaranteed to a union member by virtue of the union contract.

Cross-references

Labor Union.

See: pariah
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In the 1840s, clean sheep' were worth at least 2/6d per head more than scabby ones' or even sheep suspected of being scabbed, a premium of some twenty-five per cent.