black-and-tan


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Black′ and Tan′


n., pl. Black and Tans.
a member of an armed force sent by the British government to Ireland in 1920 to suppress revolutionary activity: so called from the color of their uniforms.

black′-and-tan′



adj.
(of a dog) being of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.black-and-tan - having a pattern of black and tanblack-and-tan - having a pattern of black and tan  
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
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Their eyes were just of the same colour, but a striking test of the difference in their operation was seen in the demeanour of Trip, the black-and-tan terrier, whenever that much- suspected dog unwarily exposed himself to the freezing arctic ray of Mrs.
Farebrother's approach along the grass, and had just stooped down to lecture a small black-and-tan terrier, which would persist in walking on the sheet and smelling at the rose-leaves as Mary sprinkled them.
In the flat across the hall from us lived a lady with a black-and-tan terrier.