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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - having a pattern of black and tanblack-and-tan - having a pattern of black and tan  
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
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Their eyes were just of the same colour, but a striking test of the difference in their operation was seen in the demeanour of Trip, the black-and-tan terrier, whenever that much- suspected dog unwarily exposed himself to the freezing arctic ray of Mrs.
In the flat across the hall from us lived a lady with a black-and-tan terrier.
"Boring for water, you black-and-tan galoot!" replied the Sheik of the Outfit, with that ready repartee which distinguishes the Unbeliever.