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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
1880-1885
1880-85 for def 4
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British Dictionary definitions for black and tans

Black and Tans

plural noun
1.
the Black and Tans, a specially recruited armed auxiliary police force sent to Ireland in 1921 by the British Government to combat Sinn Féin
Word Origin
name suggested by the colour of their uniforms and the Black and Tans hunt in Munster

black and tan

noun
1.
a mixture of stout or porter and ale
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Slang definitions & phrases for black and tans

black and tan

adjective phrase

Occupied or patronized by both blacks and whites; interracial; salt and pepper: My place was black and tan, for colored and white alike

[1920s+; perhaps fr the same phrase used to describe an 1860s faction of Southern Republicans who proposed proportional representation for black and white voters]


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