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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCALAWAG

I didn't rescue that scalawag because I had any Christian sentiments, nary bit.

Kit, where is the knife that scalawag was going to cut the rope with?

And when did I ever talk to you about the quality, you scalawag?

You are a fraud—a vile Latin—a vicious French-hearted scalawag.

The scalawag, being a renegade, was scorned more than a carpet-bagger.

He scrambled out of the phaeton and ran around to Scalawag's head.

Scalawag was an easy-bitted pony and minded the rein perfectly.

"Just as graceful as a barrel, Scalawag," chuckled Mr. Sorber.

With Scalawag, the calico pony, came Louise Quigg and her father.

Scalawag arrived at the Corner House before the end of the week.

WORD ORIGIN

also scallawag, "disreputable fellow," 1848, American English, originally in trade union jargon, of uncertain origin; perhaps an alteration (by influence of wag "habitual joker") of Scottish scallag "farm servant, rustic," itself an alteration of Scalloway, one of the Shetland Islands, wit the reference being to little Shetland ponies (An early recorded sense of scalawag was "undersized or worthless animal," 1854). In U.S. history, used from 1862 as a derogatory term for anti-Confederate native white Southerners.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SCALAWAG

good-for-nothing

nounperson who is idle, worthless
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