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brownshirt

[broun-shurt] /ˈbraʊnˌʃɜrt/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
a Nazi.
2.
a Nazi storm trooper.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; brown + shirt so called from the color of the shirt worn as part of the uniform
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British Dictionary definitions for brown shirt

Brown Shirt

noun
1.
(in Nazi Germany) a storm trooper
2.
a member of any fascist party or group
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Word Origin and History for brown shirt

Brown Shirt

n.

generic term for "Nazi, fascist," especially of the thuggish sort, 1934, originally (1922) in reference to the German Sturmabteilung, Nazi militia founded 1921; they were called Brown Shirts in English because of their uniforms.

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