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tarheel

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Tarheel

noun

A native or resident of North Carolina

[1864+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr the gummy resins of the pine barrens, which would cling to their feet; perhaps because a North Carolina unit that lost a hilltop position in the Civil War was jestingly told they had not tarred their heels to make them stick]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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