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.

Definitions of scab
  1. noun
    the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
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    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
  2. verb
    form a scab
    “the wounds will eventually scab
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    type of:
    heal
    get healthy again
  3. noun
    someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
    synonyms: blackleg, rat, strikebreaker
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    type of:
    worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
  4. verb
    take the place of work of someone on strike
    synonyms: blackleg, fink, rat
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    type of:
    do work, work
    be employed
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