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[bash-ee-buh-zook] /ˌbæʃ i bəˈzuk/
(formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service.
Origin of bashi-bazouk
First recorded in 1850-55, bashi-bazouk is from the Turkish word başι-bozuk civilian, irregular, orig., leaderless, not attached (to a regular military unit), literally, (one) whose head (is) broken Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I get twenty doldars for a real odalisk and fifteen for a bashi-bazouk.

    Felix O'Day F. Hopkinson Smith
  • When we clattered into the cobbled street, we found a solitary bashi-bazouk armed with a Winchester repeating rifle.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • But may I ask what all this means, and why you were hiding behind my curtains as though you were a burglar or a bashi-bazouk?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Even a bashi-bazouk must have quailed before that amazing declaration and that patient resignation to fate.

  • As I looked six spearmen started out and spurred full speed at our bashi-bazouk, who was some two hundred yards behind us.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • There is something about him as exotic as a samovar, as essentially un-American as a bashi-bazouk, a nose-ring or a fugue.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • The sand of the desert, Seti's breath and the tail of his yelek made the coat of bashi-bazouk like silk.

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