limey

[lahy-mee] Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
noun, plural limeys.
1.
a British sailor.
2.
a British person.
3.
a British ship.
adjective

Origin:
1885–90; see lime-juicer, -y2

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limey (ˈlaɪmɪ)
 
n
1.  a British person
2.  a British sailor or ship
 
adj
3.  British
 
[abbreviated from C19 lime-juicer, because British sailors were required to drink lime juice as a protection against scurvy]

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limey
1888, Australian, New Zealand, and South African slang for "English immigrant;" U.S. use is attested from 1918, originally "British sailor, British warship," short for lime-juicer (1857), in derisive reference to the British Navy's policy (begun 1795) of issuing lime juice on ships to prevent scurvy
among sailors. In Amer.Eng., extended to "any Englishman" by 1925.
"Midway Signs Limey Prof to Dope Yank Talk" ["Chicago Tribune" headline, Oct. 18, 1924]
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Example sentences
Described as thin-banded limey quartzite-uniform bands of light-greenish and dark-gray to purple bands.
Some layers were composed of erodible material, others of limey material from the bodies of marine life.
If the aggregate is fine-grained limey dolomite, the alkali-carbonate reaction is likely.
It is adapted to limey soils of wet and dry sites and grows on coarse, shallow soils of droughty uplands.
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