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 (skăl′ə-wăg′) also scal·ly·wag (skăl′ē-)
1. Informal A reprobate; a rascal.
2. A white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction.

[Origin unknown.]
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a variant of scallywag
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(ˈskæl əˌwæg)

1. a scamp; rascal.
2. a white Southerner who supported Republican policy during Reconstruction, often for personal gain.
[1840–50, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scalawag - a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
bad person - a person who does harm to others
2.scalawag - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrelscalawag - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
scoundrel, villain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
3.scalawag - one who is playfully mischievousscalawag - one who is playfully mischievous  
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
brat, holy terror, little terror, terror - a very troublesome child
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Hence, it must instill discipline in the ranks of the judges, court personnel and the legal profession, and purge the judiciary of the corrupt, the misfits and the scalawags," he added.
Aside from direct operations to catch the scalawags, the PNP is now pushing to take over the training programs for incoming policemen which is currently under the Philippine Public Safety College.
"But I think those who are engaged in kidnap here and there, either it's the ninja police or the scalawags. So the good practice may be against the ninja cops, I will now raise the amount of P5 million per ninja cop," Duterte said.
According to Duterte, he would need to think about how he would deal with the scalawags whom he thinks may have been used to doing their misdeeds, particularly extortion.
'The video footage will separate the decent, law-abiding policemen from the scalawags,' he said.

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