woolyback

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  • Liverpool Docks scab labour from out of town : Unloading ships, the dockers would carry the woollen bales on their backs leaving traces of wool on their clothing.
  • Medieval. Non resident Welsh and English people attempting to avoid the entrance fee at Chester City Walls on market day, by sneaking through the livestock entrances with a sheep on their back.
  • Coal delivery men from mines in the areas surrounding liverpool would use a sheep fleece as padding for their backs when carrying bags of coal from their vehicles.

Noun[edit]

woolyback (plural woolybacks)

  1. (regional, Liverpudlian) A person who works in Liverpool docks (historically)
  2. (regional, pejorative, Liverpudlian) A person from any of several towns or the country around Liverpool (present day)

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