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Johnny Reb

[reb] /rɛb/
noun, Informal.
U.S. History. a Confederate soldier.
a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S., especially of one of the former Confederate states; southerner.
Origin of Johnny Reb
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Glad you liked the friendly call, Johnny Reb,” she confessed.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He doesn't say much; but he's a pretty hard nut for Johnny Reb.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Pride forbade his shaking Johnny Reb into a wild pace until he was out of sight.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Daily the lines were forced, spies evaded, and bold "Johnny Reb" passed back and forth, in almost guaranteed security.

  • "Johnny Reb" would think; and not infrequently, he would talk.

  • "Come down from there, Johnny Reb, I want to speak to you," called a young corporal.

  • "Johnny Reb" was ever a cheerful animal, with a general spice of sardonic humor.

  • He was sure they were solid for the Union and did n't want to fall into Johnny Reb's hands.

    The Lost Army Thomas W. Knox
  • This act was usually reciprocated to the best of his pitiful ability by Johnny Reb on the opposite bank.

    Why Lincoln Laughed Russell Herman Conwell
British Dictionary definitions for Johnny Reb

Johnny Reb

(US, informal) (in the American Civil War) a Confederate soldier
Word Origin
C19: from rebel (n)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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