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n.1.One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union.
2.A stick, cane, or club terminating in a knob; esp., such a stick or club used as a weapon or missile; a knobkerrie.
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Margaret, considered a southern English foreigner in Milton, demonstrates the cultural permeability possible in the contact zone of Milton when northern idioms ("horrid Milton words" like knobstick and slack of work) begin to "infect" her own language (218).
241 The warrior's heavy knobstick, hurled with deadly precision.
A knobstick is one who takes the work of an operative on strike, or refuses to go out on strike along with his fellow-workmen .