1》 Brit. derogatory a person who continues working when fellow workers are on strike.
2》 a bacterial disease of cattle and sheep, causing necrosis in the leg.
3》 a plant disease in which part of the stem blackens and decays.
verb (blacklegs, blacklegging, blacklegged) Brit. derogatory continue working when one's fellow workers are on strike.

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