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Purple Heart

noun, U.S. Armed Forces.
a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.
Origin of Purple Heart
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Some wood-paths are found sprinkled with dog-violets, saxifrage, and with Purple Heart's-ease.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for Purple Heart

purple heart

any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
(informal, mainly Brit) a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine

Purple Heart

a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action
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Slang definitions & phrases for Purple Heart

purple heart

noun phrase

Any barbiturate, or a mixture of a barbiturate and morphine; goofball, nimby

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the US decoration awarded for a combat wound]

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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