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offscouring

[awf-skouuh r-ing, -skou-er-, of-] /ˈɔfˌskaʊər ɪŋ, -ˌskaʊ ər-, ˈɒf-/
noun
1.
Often, offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse.
2.
a social outcast.
Origin of offscouring
1520-1530
1520-30; off + scouring, after verb phrase scour off
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  • These offscourings of mankind are to be received into your territory and your cities that you may carry on war.

    The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm
  • The offscourings of prison and dockyards, sent over to work on the plantations before slave labor was introduced.

  • These were the offscourings of both armies, and of the negro population of that region.

    A Captain in the Ranks George Cary Eggleston
  • A populace composed of the offscourings of all nations—the dirtiest, roughest, one can imagine.

  • There were also present one or two reporters, and a posse of the offscourings of Stoneleigh small-boydom.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • It will be remembered these foreign regiments of Napoleonic wars were composed of the offscourings of Europe.

  • All the world had turned to California; its riffraff and offscourings as well as its true men.

    Gold Stewart White
  • The place was thronged with the offscourings of Paris, and Hervagault found himself in congenial quarters.

  • All other nationalities came and went freely, and here was a gathering of the offscourings of the earth.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • It was not so easy to fill the empty berth in the forecastle, even from the offscourings of the docks.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for offscourings

offscourings

/ˈɒfˌskaʊərɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
scum; dregs
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