Wobbly

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Wobbly (plural Wobblies)

  1. A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a militant, radical labor union. [from 20th c.]
    • 1929, Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, Chapter 1,[1]
      The gray man didn’t think I had any right to the card I had showed him, nor to the other one I had mentioned. He didn’t think I was a good wobbly. As chief muckademuck of the I. W. W. in Personville, he considered it his duty to get the low-down on me, and to not let himself be pumped about radical affairs while he was doing it.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 318:
      I drew myself up taller. I gave a beautiful account of my career with the Wobblies.

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