- n. derogatory A name given by patriots and rebels to British soldiers during the American Revolution.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (American History) A British soldier in the 1700's; -- so-called because of his red coat, esp. during the American Revolutionary War.
- 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)
“Well, it was a while ago, but I seem to recall that Washington was very fond of bawdy humor, and wasn't above making "lobsterback" jokes--an early form of "clap humor" similar to Jon Stewart's.”
“Yonder lobsterback, " he said, affecting insouciance as he set down a box.”
“There was precious little pity to spare for a lobsterback.”
“Hard for a lobsterback to wash the flour from his hair.”
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