Wobblies


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wob·bly

 (wŏb′lē)
adj. wob·bli·er, wob·bli·est
Tending to wobble; unsteady.

wob′bli·ness n.

Wob·bly

 (wŏb′lē)
n. pl. Wob·blies
A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a chiefly US labor organization dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism, active especially in the early 1900s.

[From I Wobbly Wobbly, humorous alteration of I(ndustrial) W(orkers of the) W(orld).]

Wobblies

A nickname for the IWW.
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The International Workers of the World (IWW), known colloquially as the Wobblies, aimed for nothing less than the overthrow of capitalism.
Actors from Knights of Labor to Single Taxers to Wobblies to New Leftists to the Squamish Five are woven into the tapestry.
The pair traveled with, and sometimes worked alongside, migrant workers, many of them Wobblies.
I strolled through that horrible, bland, identikit mall called the Bullring and saw no end of wobblies of all ages waddling about, many scoffing food that would not be high on a dietician's 'must eat' list.
In the early 20th century, a migrant worker in Vancouver became an outspoken radical activist working closely with the Prince Rupert Industrial Association (PRIA), a local affiliate of The Industrial Workers of the World (or Wobblies as they came to be known).
Obesity has assumed plague proportions: we're a nation of wobblies, waddling from chipshop to pie-shop and producing children who weigh 20 stone at age seven.
Princess Pushy, who lives just along the corridor, tells Tatler magazine: "I thought she (Kate) would get the wobblies.
Unfortunately, to master these skills they become mini-control freaks and throw wobblies when Mummy says no.
He was a member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) and his Communist politics led to him being blacklisted, which made it difficult for him to find work.
Parliamentarians and councillors throw wobblies because they "only get a trip to Africa" instead of Western capitals as though 'trips' are some sort of pay off.
the Wobblies is a bit more sinister, perhaps mentally and emotionally unstable - darker - and explores the thought processes surrounding our transient existence more.
The Wobblies, for example, said--or rather sang--it is we who laid the railroads, tilled the prairies, built the towers.