from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wearing a buff-coat: as, buff-coated cavalry.
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It is difficult to tear oneself away from the collies, especially the two lovely white ones and the little buff-coated Pomeranians, with tightly curling tails and small, sharp ears.
Jack-booted, buff-coated troopers; scarlet militiamen; brown, stern-faced Tauntonians; serge-clad pikemen; wild, ragged miners; smockfrocked yokels; reckless, weather-tanned seamen; gaunt cragsmen from the northern coast -- all pushed and jostled each other in a thick, many-coloured crowd.
But who are these? 'he added, looking at the troop of buff-coated archers in the rear.