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- noun A German, especially a German soldier in World War I or World War II.
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- noun A Middle English form of
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- noun dated, slang A
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- noun offensive term for a person of German descent
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This fact might seem curious were it not that the manner, appearance and actions of the _Directeur_ himself proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was all which the term Boche could possibly imply.
Still, it was rather difficult to grasp what mysteriously horrible sense Françoise gave to the word Boche since she was talking about the beginning of the war and uttered the word so doubtfully.
As you will remember, the First Canadian Army early in February and March had cleared the Boche from the left side of the Rhine, and the American Army had secured a bridgehead at Remagen across the Rhine.
"Five Bosh-bosh (his rendering of the word Boche) an 'heap Askari -- say so many."
The Boche was a mile away at least; and when you were weary of staring through binoculars, trying to spot enemy movement, you could sit and lounge, and hum the rag-time "Wait and See the Ducks go by," with a new and very thorough meaning.
His specific war was World War I, but his poems, though containing references to the "Boche," trenches, the Western Front, the hissing of gas shells and other words and phrases identifiable with the 1914-1918 war — his "subject," he said, "is War, and the pity of War."
The worst of them all, though Jewish, were ready to do anything to please the "Boche" masters, just to save their own hides.
So the warehouse cat was named the German, or "Boche," and the attic cat the Englishman, or "Tommy."
The Old 15th doesn't say 'Boche' when it refers to the foe it beat.
History of the American Negro in the Great World War His Splendid Record in the Battle Zones of Europe; Including a Resume of His Past Services to his Country in the Wars of the Revolution, of 1812, the War of Rebellion, the Indian Wars on the Frontier, the Spanish-American War, and the Late Imbroglio With Mexico
I even pushed aside with scorn the proffered bribe of six "Boche," buttons, assuring the man that "I would keep my toothache as a souvenir."