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Black Leg


A swindler, especially in cards and races. Also, one who works for less than trade-union wages; a non-union workman.

“Pledging the strikers not to return to work so long as a single Black-leg was retained in the service.”—Nineteenth Century, February, 1891, p. 243.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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