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[awf-skouuh r-ing, -skou-er-, of-] /ˈɔfˌskaʊər ɪŋ, -ˌskaʊ ər-, ˈɒf-/
Often, offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse.
a social outcast.
Origin of offscouring
1520-30; off + scouring, after verb phrase scour off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All the world had turned to California; its riffraff and offscourings as well as its true men.

    Gold Stewart White
  • The offscourings of prison and dockyards, sent over to work on the plantations before slave labor was introduced.

  • A populace composed of the offscourings of all nations—the dirtiest, roughest, one can imagine.

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

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
  • 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
  • It will be remembered these foreign regiments of Napoleonic wars were composed of the offscourings of Europe.

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

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
British Dictionary definitions for offscourings


plural noun
scum; dregs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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