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Brown Shirt

or brown·shirt (broun′shûrt′)
1. A Nazi, especially a storm trooper.
2. A racist, especially a violent, right-wing one.

[Translation of German Braunhemd : braun, brown + Hemd, shirt.]
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1. a storm trooper in Nazi Germany.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a Nazi.
[1930–35; so called from the color of the uniform shirt]
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Noun1.Brownshirt - a member of the Nazi SA which wore brown uniforms
SA, Storm Troops, Sturmabteilung - Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
German Nazi, Nazi - a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
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