strike·​break·​er | \ ˈstrīk-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce strikebreaker (audio) \

Definition of strikebreaker

: a person hired to replace a striking worker

Examples of strikebreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Qadir, whose mother had been the president of the N.A.A.C.P. in West Memphis, Arkansas, felt ashamed that inmates might see him as a strikebreaker. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Punishment by Pandemic," 15 June 2020 Their purpose is to protect property, not people, and labor history is littered with accounts of police moonlighting as strikebreakers or charging in to harass or injure striking workers. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "No More Cop Unions," 29 May 2020 Working with mining bosses, the local sheriff hastily deputized about 2,000 strikebreakers to round up about 1,200 miners, mostly immigrants from Mexico and eastern Europe. Washington Post, "Film airing on PBS recalls city’s dark deportation history," 14 July 2019 Newly deputized strikebreakers with ancient guns stand in a classroom complete with an overhead projector and modern light figures. Washington Post, "Film airing on PBS recalls city’s dark deportation history," 14 July 2019 In response, the factory owners, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, hired strikebreakers and paid off the local police to arrest and sometimes violently attack the women. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Demonstrators Remembered the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire," 26 Mar. 2018 Into the conflict comes Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green), a strikebreaker who thinks nothing of raising a body count on behalf of his mysterious benefactors, whose stake in this small-potatoes skirmish is unclear. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damnation': TV Review," 6 Nov. 2017 But a ruthless strikebreaker (Logan Marshall-Green) stands in his way. 10 p.m., USA. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Nov. 5-11," 4 Nov. 2017 Historians believe that white residents' resentment of African-American strikebreakers is what led to the drive-through shootings in predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Forgotten March That Started the National Civil Rights Movement Took Place 100 Years Ago," 28 July 2017

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Strikebreaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strikebreaker

: a person who is hired to replace a worker who is on strike or who continues to work during a strike


strike·​break·​er | \ ˈstrīk-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce strikebreaker (audio) \

Legal Definition of strikebreaker

: an individual hired to replace a striking worker

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