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blackleg

(blăk′lĕg′)
n.
An infectious, usually fatal bacterial disease of cattle and sometimes of sheep, goats, and swine, caused by Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by gas-containing swellings in the musculature.
Veterinary medicine An often lethal disease of young calves and sheep, characterised by a settling of gelatinous matter in the extremities and neck caused by Clostridium chauvoei, the spores of which can live in the soil for years and which are ingested and enter the blood via defects in the gastrointestinal mucosa
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That word "blackleg", he said, had harmed the company.
"We met some real miners at Big Pit and they still talk about the blacklegs. They really hated them and they were just cast out of society.
The folk rock group Steeleye Span sang the Blackleg Miner - a ballad which appeared to condone attacks on strike-breakers.
Bill Blewitt, district organiser of the Union of Post Office Workers, said the strikers were especially bitter about the blacklegs.
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WITH ministers' tacit approval, fire service chiefs are planning to hire foreign blacklegs to smash any industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.
Essential services were being provided thanks to `volunteers', otherwise known as blacklegs, which the Government had helped to set up nine months earlier when it saw the strike looming.