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Jolly Roger

[roj-er] /ˈrɒdʒ ər/
noun
1.
a flag flown by pirates, having the device of a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
Origin of Jolly Roger
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • When he stopped to make a pot of black tea and warm a snack to eat Jolly Roger tried to explain this new meaning of life to Peter.

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  • Jolly Roger had brought to her the only happiness that had ever come into her life.

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  • To Jolly Roger she was all that the world held of glorious womanhood.

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  • There was still half an hour of daylight when Jolly Roger arrived.

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  • This phase of Peter's development interested Jolly Roger greatly.

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  • He made that mark, and if Jolly Roger knows it he'll kill him.

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  • Jolly Roger McKay, standing there in the last soft glow of the day, was no longer the fugitive and the outcast.

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  • Jolly Roger caught the choking throb in her throat, and he knew she was lying.

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  • And as he had done in the trail, so now Jolly Roger stood her away from him, and faced the Missioner.

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  • But the blue in her eyes was as steady as the blue in the sky as she looked at Jolly Roger.

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British Dictionary definitions for Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

noun
1.
the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field
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Jolly Roger in Culture

Jolly Roger definition


A black flag with a white skull and crossbones, flown in past centuries by pirate ships.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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