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bluejacket

[bloo-jak-it] /ˈbluˌdʒæk ɪt/
noun
1.
a sailor, especially in the U.S. or British navies.
Origin of bluejacket
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; blue + jacket
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  • I was there and heard an Irish bluejacket cursing them as a disgrace to his country.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But to the European mind our bluejacket is still something of an anomaly.

    A Traveller in War-Time Winston Churchill
  • The American bluejacket will not try to get revenge again, for he lost.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • That is not calling you cowards, either, the bluejacket continued.

  • The Naval Brigade also had one bluejacket wounded, but not seriously.

    Four Months Besieged H. H. S. Pearse
  • "Left-hand Gun Hill fired, sir," said the bluejacket to the captain.

  • When, seven months before, Martin had put on his bluejacket's uniform for the first time, he had felt immensely proud of himself.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The miner has a gait as peculiarly his own as Tommy's measured pace or the bluejacket's roll.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • "Bout time the old Triadur showed up sir," remarked the bluejacket.

  • The bluejacket had discovered them, and was leaping down the steep slope in hot pursuit.

British Dictionary definitions for bluejacket

bluejacket

/ˈbluːˌdʒækɪt/
noun
1.
a sailor in the Navy
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