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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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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If Mrs Gaskell were around today to pour her considerable literary skills into sports journalism - and as someone who used the word "knobstick" for strike-breakers in her prose, she would have a sound grasp of rugby club humour - she would have to write South and North.
Lastly, a "nob" or a "knob" or "knobstick" is what is now called a "scab" in a labor strike or lockout.
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).