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1(breaker of strike)rompehuelgas masculine, feminine derogatoryesquirol masculine, feminine derogatorycarnero masculine River Plate informal, derogatorycarnera feminine River Plate informal, derogatory
- In response to his letter, I wholeheartedly disagree with his comments about ‘scabs’, ‘non-strikers’ and ‘blacklegs’.
- There was no violence directed against the many blacklegs who drove buses and engaged in other strike-breaking activities.
- The marital crisis coincides with a miners' strike in which the men are forced to live off a pittance while blacklegs take over their jobs.
- They sang the Red Flag and the Marseillaise, followed by three cheers for the social revolution and three boos for royalty and blacklegs.
- When the newspaper called them ‘desperate rascals, thieves, robbers, cut-throats, and blacklegs’ the newspaper's editors were not far from the truth.
- They were ill organized, and defeated by the import of blackleg labour and drought, which struck in 1905.
- They are known as ‘Scummers’, a term going back to a dock strike in the fifties, when blackleg labour was brought in to breach the picket lines.
- At the beginning of the 20th century, the picket was mainly concerned with preventing blackleg labour from being taken in to replace strikers.
- Go on strike by all means, but don't be surprised if some unknown blackleg wannabe steals your job.
- Grassroots peasant activists burned crops, mined and barricaded roads, derailed trains, set fire to buildings, beat up strikebreakers and punctured the tyres of blackleg drivers.
intransitive verb blacklegging, blacklegged, blacklegged
1(break a strike)romper una huelgaesquirolear derogatorycarnerear River Plate informal, derogatory
- The party blacklegged on the 1980 general strike, which was broken by the government.
- Their supreme crime is that they blacklegged on the world's labour movement.
- In 1919 during a railway strike he blacklegged the strikers and drove a train from Bletchley to Euston.
- Says it was for Jenny's sake he blacklegged.
- What other word can we use except "contempt" to the man who is blacklegging?
- His fire crews are at one another's throats because of one man blacklegging in the firemen's strike and another not blacklegging?