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boat people

plural noun
1.
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usually without sufficient provisions, navigational aids, or a set destination, especially those who left Indochina by sea as a result of the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.
Origin of boat people
1975-1980
1975-80
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  • I wanted air and quiet, but the desire of my boat people was set on a chance to go a-marketing or to do a little visiting.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • Yes; the boat people showed it me, then I fainted from relief that it was not my husband.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • He checked the evidence of the boat people as it had appeared in the papers by what they said now.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • And he sent in the same way to all the boat people down by the shore.

  • Their Missionary was then called upon, and the boat people received him with a demonstration of delight.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • The boat people can have everything they require without going on shore at all.

    Peeps Into China E. C. Phillips
  • These Chinese boat people are perhaps unequalled by any others in the world.

British Dictionary definitions for boat people

boat people

plural noun
1.
refugees, esp from Vietnam in the late 1970s, who leave by boat hoping to be picked up by ships of another country
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Slang definitions & phrases for boat people

boat people

noun phrase

Political refugees who escape by small boat (mid-1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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