wet back


noun Disparaging and Offensive.
a Mexican laborer who enters the U.S. illegally, as by wading the Rio Grande.

1945–50, Americanism; wet + back1

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wetback (ˈwɛtˌbæk)
informal, offensive (US) a Mexican labourer who enters the US illegally
[C20: illegal immigrants would swim across the Rio Grande river to reach the US]

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