One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The task of picking up litter on school premises, given to a pupil as a punishment.‘he pushed past a few gloomy-looking punkettes doing scab duty out front’
- ‘At school in the old days, we had scab duty, and you soon learnt not to mess up.’
- ‘You used to have to do scab duty, until the do-gooders said it was inhumane.’
- ‘In some schools, scab duty was a routine every kid did each month or two.’
- ‘I was talking in class, and the teacher gave me scab duty.’
- ‘It is his second week on scab duty.’
- ‘I asked a lot of questions about God that usually resulted in my being caned and given scab duty.’
- ‘Any minor misdemeanour would result in scab duty at lunchtime.’
- ‘Scab duty was a pain, and we could see everyone else enjoying recess or lunch.’
- ‘Did you ever do scab duty at school if you got in trouble, and did it scar you for life?’
- ‘They had been subject to sustained mental abuse from a so-called scab patrol.’
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