AskDefine | Define blackleg

Dictionary Definition

blackleg n : someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike [syn: scab, strikebreaker, rat] v : take the place of work of someone on strike [syn: scab, rat] [also: blacklegging, blacklegged]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Fatal cattle disease caused by soil-borne bacteria.
  2. A person who takes the place of striking workers. A scab.
  3. A person who cheats in a game, a cheater.


fatal cattle disease
See: scab


  1. Relating to a scab worker.
    The blackleg workers entered under cover of darkness.


Extensive Definition

The word blackleg has more than one meaning:-

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Texas fever, anthrax, aphthous fever, bighead, black quarter, blackwater, blind staggers, bloody flux, broken wind, cattle plague, charbon, cheat, cheater, chiseler, cozener, crook, defrauder, diddler, distemper, fink, flimflam man, flimflammer, foot-and-mouth disease, gapes, glanders, gyp artist, gypper, heaves, hog cholera, hoof-and-mouth disease, hydrophobia, juggler, liver rot, loco, loco disease, locoism, mad staggers, malignant catarrh, malignant catarrhal fever, malignant pustule, mange, megrims, milzbrand, paratuberculosis, pip, pseudotuberculosis, quarter evil, rabies, rat, rinderpest, rot, scab, scabies, sheep rot, splenic fever, staggers, strikebreaker, stringhalt, swindler, swine dysentery, two-timer
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