beef-eater

beefeater

[beef-ee-ter]
noun
1.
a yeoman of the English royal guard or a warder of the Tower of London.
2.
Informal. an Englishman.
3.
a person who eats beef.

Origin:
1600–10; beef + eater

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beefeater (ˈbiːfˌiːtə)
 
n
a nickname often applied to the Yeomen of the Guard and the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London

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beefeater
"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. O.E. hlaf-æta "servant," lit. "loaf-eater").
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