blighty

blighty

[blahy-tee]
noun, plural blighties. British Slang.
1.
(often initial capital letter) England as one's native land; England as home: We're sailing for old Blighty tomorrow.
2.
a wound or furlough permitting a soldier to be sent back to England from the front.
3.
military leave.

Origin:
1885–90; < Hindi bilāyatī the country (i.e., Great Britain), variant of wilāyatī vilayet

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blighty or blighty bird (ˈblaɪtɪ)
 
n
(NZ) another name for white-eye
 
blighty bird or blighty bird
 
n

Blighty (ˈblaɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  England; home
2.  esp in World War I
 a.  Also called: a blighty one a slight wound that causes the recipient to be sent home to England
 b.  leave in England
 
[C20: from Hindi bilāyatī foreign land, England, from Arabic wilāyat country, from waliya he rules]

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