Black and Tan
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Black and Tan
n. pl. Black and Tans
1. A two-toned drink consisting of a layer of ale topped by a layer of stout.
2. A member of a paramilitary force recruited in Britain and sent to Ireland as part of the Royal Irish Constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921.
[Sense 2, from the colors of the original uniforms of the force, which combined khaki army trousers with dark-colored police jackets and caps due to lack of supply.]
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black and tan
(Brewing) a mixture of stout or porter and ale
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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.
(of a dog) being of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.
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|Noun||1.||Black and Tan - an English recruit (who wore a uniform that was black and tan) serving in the Irish constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921|
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