boat people


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boat people

pl.n.
Refugees, usually political ones, who attempt to flee from their native country to other countries by boat.

boat people

pl n
refugees, esp from Vietnam in the late 1970s, who leave by boat hoping to be picked up by ships of another country

boat′ peo`ple


n.pl.
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usu. without sufficient provisions.
[1975–80]
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boat people

nboat people mpl
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