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Irish pennant

noun, Nautical Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
an unwhipped rope end.
any strand or rope end left hanging untidily.
Origin of Irish pennant
First recorded in 1880-85
Usage note
Though no longer used as a deliberate slur, this term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Irish. It originated in the Royal Navy in the 1800s, during the time of sailing ships. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Irish pennant

noun phrase

The end of a rope, sheet, etc, carelessly left loose or trailing off a boat or ship: Always loose ends. You know what they call them in the Navy? Irish pennants

[1883+ Nautical; the form Irish pendant is found by 1840]

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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