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- n. A name given by patriots and rebels to British soldiers during the American Revolution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A British soldier in the 1700's; -- so-called because of his red coat, esp. during the American Revolutionary War.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution)
lobster + back, from the resemblance to lobsters of the red coats worn by the British soldiers (Wiktionary)