brown shirt


noun (often initial capital letter)
a Nazi.
a Nazi storm trooper.

1930–35; brown + shirt so called from the color of the shirt worn as part of the uniform Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
Brown Shirt
1.  (in Nazi Germany) a storm trooper
2.  a member of any fascist party or group

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Word Origin & History

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