from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to British soldiers during the Revolutionary War in America; -- so called because of their red coats.
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- adj. used of British soldiers during the American Revolutionary War because of their red coats
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"_That is the lobster-backed villain_," exclaimed a young man, "_that stands behind you, sir! who, I heard deliberately order his men to fire on the prisoners, after they had all got into the building.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.