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(Irish history) a member of a secret society of violent agrarian protest, formed around 1760
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C18: adopted from the earlier use of the phrase as a term of endearment for a boy or man
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  • In truth, he was a whiteboy to the backbone, and a traitor to the authorities who employed him.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • The dreaded name of whiteboy was first heard in 1761; and agrarian crime has never since been long absent.

  • In the meantime, M'Carthy was soon overtaken by the friendly whiteboy, whose speed; of foot was indeed extraordinary.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • A few minutes brought this kind-hearted whiteboy back to the spot where Hourigan and his companion, who was also his cousin, fell.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • They accordingly shook hands, and M'Carthy gave him the genuine grip, as he had been taught it by the whiteboy.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • In so far as it can be regarded as spontaneous, it was of whiteboy origin, anti-tithe and anti-rack-rent.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • The military triumph of the rack-renter or the whiteboy would be the happiest issue of the strife.

  • Up to this time, Cussen had escaped suspicion of any participation in the whiteboy proceedings.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • As there was a strong gate at each side, the place was considered quite able to resist any whiteboy attack.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • His followers were more or less disguised, and all, except Cussen, had white shirts over their garments—hence the name whiteboy.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie

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