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 Black Joke.Black Letter. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Black Leg.
 
A swindler, especially in cards and races. Also, one who works for less than trade-union wages; a non-union workman.   1
        “Pledging the strikers not to return to work so long as a single Black-leg was retained in the service.”—Nineteenth Century, February, 1891, p. 243.
 


 Black Joke.Black Letter. 

 
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