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Picky

I think the verb, too, is more common in the negative form: "He ddn't scruple to ..."

John

I've only ever heard scruple used in a moral sense, usually with a negative connotation.

Is the usage as a verb common in British English? Never heard that while in "the Colonies" either. Thanks.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, Picky and John, for your comments. Yes, Picky is right - the verb is mostly used in that way; it means 'he wasn't reluctant to ...' or 'he had no scruples about ...' The verb isn't that common in spoken British English, but you come across it in literature and newspaper reports.

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