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Minuteman

[min-it-man] /ˈmɪn ɪtˌmæn/
noun, plural Minutemen.
1.
(sometimes lowercase) a member of a group of American militiamen just before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for instant military service.
2.
a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile with three stages, powered by solid-propellant rocket engines.
3.
a member of a small, secret, ultraconservative organization formed into armed groups for the declared purpose of conducting guerrilla warfare against a communist invasion of the U.S.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; minute1 + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for minute-man

Minuteman

/ˈmɪnɪtˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
2.
a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
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Word Origin and History for minute-man

minuteman

n.

U.S. history, one of a class of militia available for immediate service (i.e. "ready in a matter of minutes"), 1774. As the name of a type of ICBM, from 1961, so called because they could be launched with very little preparation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for minute-man

minuteman

noun

: Youth gangs use minors as gun runners, calling them ''minutemen'' because if they're caught they're out (of jail) in a minute (1990s+ Street gang)


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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