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- n. A name given by patriots and rebels to British soldiers during the American Revolution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A British soldier in the 1700's; -- so-called because of his red coat, esp. during the American Revolutionary War.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution)
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.