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(Brit) (esp formerly) (of a worker) clerical or professional, as distinguished from commercial or industrial
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  • You are either the assassin or the accomplice, you accursed, black-coated hypocrite!'

  • The bishop one day met a number of these black-coated Nimrods.

  • A black-coated individual, Bible in hand, was addressing the acrobats.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • Nell says she dont want no black-coated parson in this 49 camp.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • Even like bees, black-coated and buzzing, the eager ones swarmed from the cars and rehived in the great stand.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • In the doorway, his black-coated bulk blocking the view, Peter Ivanovitch boomed in a hearty tone with something boastful in it.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Peasants and ragged soldiers hung about the passage, and black-coated Jewish-looking men hurried in and out.

  • Through an open door, here and there as she went, she caught a glimpse of a black-coated shoulder or arm by the side of some bed.

    Aunt Jane Jennette Lee
  • Their rochets form wedge of spotless white thrust in centre of black-coated laity seated below Gangway on right of Woolsack.

  • Mr. Liggins I remember as a vision of my childhood—a tall, black-coated, genteel young clergyman-in-embryo.

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