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lime-juicer

[lahym-joo-ser] /ˈlaɪmˌdʒu sər/
noun, Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a British sailor.
2.
a British person.
Origin of lime-juicer
1855-1860
1855-60; so called because British sailors were required by law to drink lime juice to ward off scurvy
Usage note
See limey.
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Historical Examples
  • These were rather numerous (as Nares contemptuously put it) "for a lime-juicer."

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • "Yes, she's a lime-juicer," he remarked, and something like a sigh escaped him.

  • "I saw it done when I was second mate on a lime-juicer," Captain Ward spoke up.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • He had sailed always on French merchant vessels, with the one exception of a voyage on a "lime-juicer."

    The Road Jack London
  • At noon we picked up a ship ahead, a lime-juicer, travelling in the same direction, under lower-topsails and one upper-topsail.

  • These were rather numerous (as Nares contemptuously put it) “for a lime-juicer.”

Word Origin and History for lime-juicer
n.

see Limey.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lime-juicer

limey

noun

  1. An English person: The ''Doctor'' was a lime-juicer (1888+)
  2. A British ship (1919+)

[fr the ration of lime juice given to British sailors as an antiscorbutic; the dated use for the first sense is strictly ''an English immigrant to the Antipodes''; the generalized term probably reflects the US use, ''English sailor or soldier,'' found by 1918]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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