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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.


Labor Union.

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There were bad infestations in the early stages of stocking the Darling Downs.(31) But it was in the south, Australia Felix', the new heartland of sheep-raising from the late 1830s, where every flock was scabbed at one time or another during the forties'.
It is only contagious until the scabs have dried and scabbed.