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second papers

plural noun
1.
(before 1952) an official petition for naturalization by a resident alien desiring to become a U.S. citizen, filed two years after his or her first papers and upon having lived in the U.S. for five years.
Origin of second papers
1910-1915
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15
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