Definition of scissorbill

2 chiefly West : an inferior or stupid person: such as
a : a worker indifferent to the interests of the laboring class (as one unwilling to join a union)
b : a worker learning to be a railway brakeman

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First Known Use of scissorbill

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scissorbill

translation of French bec-en-ciseaux

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“Scissorbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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