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[blak-uh n-tan] /ˈblæk ənˈtæn/
(of a dog) of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.
Informal. composed of or frequented by both blacks and whites:
a black-and-tan musical revue of the 1920s.
Origin of black-and-tan
First recorded in 1855-60

Black and Tan

Usually, Black and Tans. an armed force of about 6000 soldiers sent by the British government to Ireland in June, 1920, to suppress revolutionary activity: so called from the colors of their uniform.
a member of this force.
(lowercase) a drink made of equal parts of ale and stout or porter.
(lowercase) a black-and-tan dog.
1880-85 for def 4 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I said I didn't want a black-and-tan, and I'd throw a pug out of the window!

    Miss Elliot's Girls Mrs Mary Spring Corning
  • A black-and-tan collie with a blue-ribbon round his neck, and a saucy look on his face.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • But then he's just as good a ratter as any black-and-tan you ever saw.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • One of these, a black-and-tan terrier, always accompanies the ninety Indian children to church on Sunday morning.

  • But I had my dog with me, such a dear little thing, a black-and-tan terrier.

    Cecilia de Nol Lanoe Falconer
  • Arnon named the hairy dog “Dandy” and the black-and-tan “Buck”—chiefly because the names seemed to fit like gloves.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Because then I'd be somewhere else than in this infernal hell-hole of a black-and-tan nursery of revolution, fever, and trouble!

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Of black-and-tan toy terriers there is not much to be said, for the simple reason that they are at present quite out of fashion.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • A young man at the same hotel had two setters and a black-and-tan terrier.

    The Speech of Monkeys R. L. Garner
British Dictionary definitions for black-and-tan

black and tan

a mixture of stout or porter and ale
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Slang definitions & phrases for black-and-tan

black and tan

adjective phrase

Occupied or patronized by both blacks and whites; interracial; salt and pepper: My place was black and tan, for colored and white alike

[1920s+; perhaps fr the same phrase used to describe an 1860s faction of Southern Republicans who proposed proportional representation for black and white voters]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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