from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A heavy stick or cane with a knob.
- noun In England, a workman who refuses to join a trades-union or retires from it, and who works when the members of the union are on strike. Also knob, nob, blacknob, and blackleg. Equivalent to scab in the United States.
- noun Also spelled
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Cant, Eng. One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union.
- noun 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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- noun A
stickwith a rounded knobat the end.
- noun slang One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a
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'Now, Mr. Thornton, though "knobstick" has not a very pretty sound, is it not expressive?
About 4 P.M. returned our second messenger, bearing with him a reproving message from the Gerad, for not visiting him without delay; in token of sincerity, he forwarded his baton, a knobstick about two feet long, painted in rings of
It is a knobstick about a cubit long, made of some hard wood: the head is rounded on the inside, and the outside is cut to an edge.
Acting on this hint the black devil held up the child, and was about to kill it with his knobstick.
As it chanced, though this was not their intention, in the confusion a heavy blow from a knobstick struck him on the temple.
"I fun this knobstick nigh a gap i 'th' hedge on th 'Knoll Road," he said.
"And they'll knobstick 'im for it if they know -- see if they don't!"
Nowt like a knobstick, lad, whether it be a man or a bit o 'wood.
He might hit at you wi 'his own fisty, but it's more'n likely as he'll do it wi' some one else's, or wi 'a clog or a knobstick.
Then he stoops to pick it up, and knobstick comes down on his head.