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blighty

[blahy-tee] /ˈblaɪ ti/
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
1885-1890
1885-90; < Hindi bilāyatī the country (i.e., Great Britain), variant of wilāyatī vilayet
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blighty

/ˈblaɪtɪ/
noun
1.
(NZ) another name for white-eye

Blighty

/ˈblaɪtɪ/
noun (sometimes not capital) (Brit, slang, used esp by troops serving abroad)
1.
England; home
2.
(esp in World War I)
  1. Also called a blighty one. a slight wound that causes the recipient to be sent home to England
  2. leave in England
Word Origin
C20: from Hindi bilāyatī foreign land, England, from Arabic wilāyat country, from waliya he rules
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