scab

Kids who fall and skin their knees know what a scab is: it's the crusty patch of skin that forms when a scrape or cut is healing.

A wound will form a scab as it heals, whether it's a cut or a burn. Skin has an amazing ability to repair itself, and a scab is evidence of this. Scab is also a slang term for someone who crosses a picket line during a strike, choosing to work instead of joining coworkers in protesting low wages or harsh treatment by an employer. This kind of scab first meant "unpleasant person" in the late 1500s.

Primary Meanings of scab

1.
nv
the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
form a scab
2.
nv
someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
take the place of work of someone on strike
Full Definitions of scab
1

n the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion

Types:
eschar
a dry scab formed on the skin following a burn or cauterization of the skin
Type of:
solid body substance
the solid parts of the body

v form a scab

“the wounds will eventually scab
Type of:
heal
get healthy again
2

n someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

Synonyms:
blackleg, rat, strikebreaker
Type of:
worker
a person who works at a specific occupation

v take the place of work of someone on strike

Synonyms:
blackleg, fink, rat
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

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