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- (countable) A person who takes the place of striking workers; a scab.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XLIV, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071, pages 364–365:
- In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.
- (countable) A person who cheats in a game; a cheater.
- 1836 December 31, Laurie Todd, “Letter from Laurie Todd: Christmas and New-Year’s-Day”, in New-York Mirror, a Weekly Journal, Devoted to Literature and the Fine Arts, volume XIV, number 27, New York, N.Y.: Scott & Co., printers, OCLC 1041857617, page 211, column 1:
- [H]ere, then, was a community of good taste and kind feeling, no sharpers, no black-legs, no wolves in sheep's clothing.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter II, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803, page 25:
- I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
- (countable, colloquial) A notorious gambler.
- (uncountable, agriculture, veterinary medicine) A fatal cattle disease caused by the soil-borne bacterium Clostridium chauvoei; symptomatic anthrax.
strikebreaker — see strikebreaker
person who cheats in a game — See also translations at cheater
fatal cattle disease
- blackleg (disease) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- blackleg (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- strikebreaker on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Blacklegs in the 1920 edition of Encyclopedia Americana.