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[strahyk-brey-ker] /ˈstraɪkˌbreɪ kər/
a person who takes part in breaking up a strike of workers, either by working or by furnishing workers.
Origin of strikebreaker
First recorded in 1900-05; strike + breaker1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • strikebreaker,” they groaned, impressed by the wonderful dexterity of the stenographer.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • This witness had acted as a strikebreaker up until the time he was subpoenaed.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for strikebreaker


a person who tries to make a strike ineffectual by working or by taking the place of those on strike
Derived Forms
strikebreaking, noun, adjective
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strikebreaker in Culture

strikebreaker definition

An employee hired to replace a striking worker. (See scab.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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