Remembering the gang at Simpson's, I felt rather a scab, but a glance in the mirror of the dressing-room reassured me.
Threats against "scabs" were shouted out, the word "scab" arose on every side.
It was like picking at a scab, making it bleed over and over again, so that the wound never healed.
When the scab was all off, the nose was found to be quite uninjured.
About the tenth day of the eruption this yellowish matter exudes, forming the scar or scab which later dries up and falls off.
"You'll never get it finished with scab labor, Mr. Tyler," says Hartley.
These sheep were destroyed by order on account of scab breaking out among them.
In his heart of hearts, he sympathised with the strikers and hated this "scab."
Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies—The itch for controversy is the scab of the Church.
The feeling was like a scab Simon knew he should not pick but could not let alone.
mid-13c., "skin disease," developed from Old English sceabb "scab, itch" (related to scafan "to shave, scrape, scratch") and from Old Norse skabb "scab, itch," both from Proto-Germanic *skab- "scratch, shave," from PIE *(s)kep- "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies). Sense reinforced by cognate Latin scabies "scab, itch, mange" (from scabere "to scratch").
Meaning "crust which forms over a wound or sore" is first attested c.1400. Meaning "strikebreaker" first recorded 1806, from earlier sense of "person who refuses to join a trade union" (1777), probably from meaning "despicable person" (1580s), possibly borrowed in this sense from Middle Dutch.
A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.
Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
A nonunion worker, esp one who attempts to break a strike; fink (1777+)