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  • n  someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
  • n  the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
  • v  form a scab
    the wounds will eventually scab
  • v  take the place of work of someone on strike

  • When that occurs, the body turns on itself like an ornery child who can't resist picking a scab with aftereffects that seem to underlie a wide variety of diseases.
  • Most films by the most gifted Americans were present-day dramas that picked at some social scab until, in the last reel, it burst.
  • Some are radicalized enough to publicly pick an ancient scab: the idea that science and religion, far from being complementary responses to the unknown, are at utter odds--or, as .
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  • Petersburg Pilot -
    Joe Zarlengo successfully completed his year in the Service Academy Program at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. He was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa and into the military honor society Scab...
    June 6, 2013 - Petersburg Pilot

  • Richard Hammond in ic
    Hammond said he had only one visible physical injury: "I had a slight scab on my shin, and that was it. All the damage was to my brain."
  • Jerry Farwell in New York Press
    What is unique about Helms - and from my viewpoint, unforgivable - is his willingness to pick at the scab of the great wound of American history, the legacy of slavery and segregation, and to inflame racial resentment against African... David Broder Fog City Journal Jul 7, 2008 86243 115312 scab But if your parents are Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who abused their pulpit to such a degree in the 1980s that the Rev. Jerry Falwell called Jim the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years," traditional evangelism...

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