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.]

black and tan

n
(Brewing) a mixture of stout or porter and ale

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:
Noun1.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
military recruit, recruit - a recently enlisted soldier
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