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wet·back

 (wĕt′băk′)
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Mexican birth or descent, especially one who has crossed the US-Mexico border illegally.

[From the fact that the Rio Grande is a common entry point.]

wetback

(ˈwɛtˌbæk)
n
(Peoples) informal offensive US a Mexican labourer who enters the US illegally
[C20: illegal immigrants would swim across the Rio Grande river to reach the US]

wet•back

(ˈwɛtˌbæk)

n.
usage: This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.
n.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a Mexican laborer who enters the U.S. illegally.)
[1925–30, Amer.; alluding to the practice of swimming or wading the Rio Grande to enter the U.S.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wetback - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Mexican descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Mexican - a native or inhabitant of Mexico
Translations

wetback

[ˈwetbæk] N (US) → inmigrante mf (mejicano) ilegal, espalda mf mojada

wetback

[ˈwɛtbæk] n (US)dos m mouilléwet blanket n (= person) → rabat-joie mf invwet dream npollution f nocturne
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Disregarding political pressure from Johnson and other such Congressmen, Swing quickly formulated a plan for the apprehension and deportation of illegal aliens, naming it Operation Wetback.
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Farther north at the Rio Grande, Laufer lights in an area he covered in an earlier book, Wetback Nation.
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