limey

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  • adjective (an) English (person). The word, used mostly in North America, is a shortening of ‘lime-juicer’, a usually pejorative term applied originally to British sailors who were issued with rations of lime juice as a protection against scurvy. The word limey is now rather dated; ‘Brit’ is increasingly taking its place.
  • noun (an) English (person). The word, used mostly in North America, is a shortening of ‘lime-juicer’, a usually pejorative term applied originally to British sailors who were issued with rations of lime juice as a protection against scurvy. The word limey is now rather dated; ‘Brit’ is increasingly taking its place.
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