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Difference between Black-leg and Blackfoot


1. (UK coll.) a non-union workman; a strikebreaker:

  • The police were used to protect the blacklegs, as those are called who work outside the Union movement.

2. (coll.) a professional gambler, especially a cheating one:

  • You see noblemen and black-legs bawling and betting in the Cockpit.

3. a disease in cattle, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, which affects the legs:

  • A cattle disease, known as blackleg, is stated to have killed a number of cattle in the district.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with its formal French counterpart pied noirused of people of French origin living in Algeria during French rule:

  • M. Fabre was an elderly colon, one of the original French families in Algeria—a pied noir, as they like to be called.


1. people belonging to the Blackfoot Indian Confederacy:

  • Among the Blackfoot, stealing an enemy’s weapons was the highest exploit. 2. the language of the Algonquian

American Indians:

  • A few detached languages in the west: Blackfoot, Cheyenne, and Arapaho.