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turncoat

[turn-koht] /ˈtɜrnˌkoʊt/
noun
1.
a person who changes to the opposite party or faction, reverses principles, etc.; renegade.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; turn + coat
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Examples for turncoat
  • Mugwump thus became a term for a political turncoat.
  • Each, too, was accused of being a turncoat and evoked bitter political enmity.
British Dictionary definitions for turncoat

turncoat

/ˈtɜːnˌkəʊt/
noun
1.
a person who deserts one cause or party for the opposite faction; renegade
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Word Origin and History for turncoat
turncoat
1557, from turn + coat. Originally one who tried to hide the badge of his party or leader. The expression to turn one's coat "change principles or party" is recorded from 1565.
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