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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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Washington, May 30 ( ANI ): An advanced new bandage that mimics human scab formation promotes faster wound healing, scientists have claimed.
One wharfie was killed, Bill Renton was injured, but the police, the premier and the scabs were driven out of Fremantle.
It turned out the old guy had been a scab, or blackleg, during the General Strike in 1927.
Narrator A: The newsies begin to walk down the street but stop when they see Dave Simons leading a group of scabs to sell papers.
To try to prevent infection to the rest of your family, I suggest that you cut your daughter's nails short and encourage her not to scratch her scabs, pick her nose, bite her nails or suck her fingers.
In 1957, two London virologists using cell cultures examined smallpox scabs that had been stored in test tubes under ambient laboratory conditions.
ScAbs allow an easier and more cost-effective scale-up for manufacturing compared with monoclonal antibodies.
Caro contacted George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD, who notes that during the late 1800s, pus or bits of scabs from smallpox patients with mild cases were implanted in the skins of healthy people to generate a mild illness that bestowed lifetime immunity.
Sometimes the buckle will open up, allowing the metal to run through the crack in the sand and fill the void behind the buckle to create a scab (Fig.
I heeded my mother's advice and let the scabs take their course, and eventually (but it seemed forever
Head scab annually causes millions of dollars' worth of losses in wheat, rye, barley, and other cereal crops in the Great Plains and Midwest.
But bumping elbows with people he previously dismissed as scabs is only part of the unpleasantness on the line at Firestone.