scallawag


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scallawag

(ˈskæləˌwæɡ)
n
another name for scallywag2
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scal•a•wag

(ˈskæl əˌwæg)

n.
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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