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jingo

[jing-goh] /ˈdʒɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural jingoes.
1.
a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist.
2.
English History. a Conservative supporter of Disraeli's policy in the Near East during the period 1877–78.
adjective
3.
of jingoes.
4.
characterized by jingoism.
Idioms
5.
by jingo!, Informal. (an exclamation used to emphasize the truth or importance of a foregoing statement, or to express astonishment, approval, etc.):
I know you can do it, by jingo!
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; orig. conjurer's call hey jingo appear! come forth! (opposed to hey presto hasten away!), taken into general use in the phrase by Jingo, euphemism for by God; chauvinistic sense from by Jingo in political song supporting use of British forces against Russia in 1878
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British Dictionary definitions for jingo

jingo

/ˈdʒɪŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -goes
1.
a loud and bellicose patriot; chauvinist
2.
jingoism
3.
by jingo, an exclamation of surprise
Derived Forms
jingoish, adjective
Word Origin
C17: originally perhaps a euphemism for Jesus; applied to bellicose patriots after the use of by Jingo! in the refrain of a 19th-century music-hall song
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Word Origin and History for jingo
n.

"mindless, gung-ho patriot," 1878, picked up from the refrain of a music hall song written by G.W. Hunt, and sung by "Gilbert H. MacDermott" (1845-1901), supporting aggressive British policy toward Russia at a time of international tension. ("We don't want to fight, But by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, We've got the money too.")

Hunt's patriotic song of 1878, with a swinging tune ... became at Macdermott's instigation the watchword of the popular supporters of England's bellicose policy. The "Daily News" on 11 March 1878 first dubbed the latter 'Jingoes' in derision .... ["Dictionary of National Biography," London, 1912]
As an asseveration, it was in colloquial use since 1690s, and is apparently yet another euphemism for Jesus, influenced by conjurer's gibberish presto-jingo (1660s). The frequent suggestion that it somehow derives from Basque Jinko "god" is "not impossible," but "as yet unsupported by evidence" [OED].

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