[awf-skouuh r-ing, -skou-er-, of-]
- Often offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse.
- a social outcast.
Origin of offscouring
1520–30; off + scouring, after verb phrase scour off
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Examples from the Web for offscourings
All the world had turned to California; its riffraff and offscourings as well as its true men.Gold
The offscourings of prison and dockyards, sent over to work on the plantations before slave labor was introduced.The Minute Man of the Frontier
W. G. Puddefoot
A populace composed of the offscourings of all nations—the dirtiest, roughest, one can imagine.Jonathan and His Continent
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
- scum; dregs
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