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  1. a person who takes part in breaking up a strike of workers, either by working or by furnishing workers.
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Origin of strikebreaker

First recorded in 1900–05; strike + breaker1
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Examples from the Web for strikebreaker

Historical Examples of strikebreaker

  • 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


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


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

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