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Wobbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
noun, plural Wobblies.
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Origin of Wobbly
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; of uncertain origin
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  • The "wobblies" frankly abjured the rules under which, as they would express it, the capitalist game is played.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • There are thousands of "wobblies" to whom the specifications of this description will apply.

  • They have remained merely a part of the wobblies' varied collection of slogans and doctrines.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Even what the wobblies say about themselves must be taken with a certain amount of salt.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • On the Pacific slope the "wobblies" almost literally broke into the jails by hundreds.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • The "wobblies" had very little to say at this time about the membership of the organization.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • The Chief says they're bringing in a bunch of gunmen, wobblies and Bolshevists from every industrial town on the map.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • If figures are ever misleading, they are so in reference to the "wobblies."

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Were the workers to be driven like sheep to the slaughter, and the "wobblies" not to make one move?

  • It was the open season for "wobblies" and intimidation was the order of the day.

    The Centralia Conspiracy Ralph Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for wobblies

wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
adjective -blier, -bliest
1.
unsteady
2.
trembling, shaking
noun
3.
(slang) throw a wobbly, to become suddenly very agitated or angry
Derived Forms
wobbliness, noun

Wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
noun (pl) -blies
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World
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Word Origin and History for wobblies

Wobbly

n.

1914, member of Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Probably some sort of elaboration of the W aspect of the acronym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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