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"warder of the Tower of London," 1670s, a contemptuous reference to well-fed servants of the royal household; the notion is of "one who eats another's beef" (cf. Old English hlaf-æta "servant," literally "loaf-eater").
An Englishman; limey
[1600s+; fr the preeminence of beef, esp roast beef, in the traditional English diet]