Black and Tan

Black and Tan

noun
1.
Usually, Black and Tans. an armed force of about 6000 soldiers sent by the British government to Ireland in June, 1920, to suppress revolutionary activity: so called from the colors of their uniform.
2.
a member of this force.
3.
(lowercase) a drink made of equal parts of ale and stout or porter.
4.
(lowercase) a black-and-tan dog.

Origin:
1880–85 for def 4

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black-and-tan

[blak-uhn-tan]
adjective
1.
(of a dog) of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.
2.
Informal. composed of or frequented by both blacks and whites: a black-and-tan musical revue of the 1920s.

Origin:
1855–60

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black and tan
 
n
a mixture of stout or porter and ale

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