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Whiteboys

[hwahyt-boiz, wahyt-]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. a secret agrarian peasant organization, active in Ireland during the early 1760s, whose members wore white shirts for recognition on their night raids to destroy crops, barns, and other property in redressing grievances against landlords and protesting the paying of tithes.

Origin of Whiteboys

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Examples from the Web for whiteboys

Historical Examples

  • It would be best for us follow after the rest of the army of the Whiteboys.

    The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays

    William B. Yeats

  • And does he blacken his face as well as the other Whiteboys?

    The Tithe-Proctor

    William Carleton

  • But why, Alick, are you surrounded by such a number of Whiteboys.

    The Tithe-Proctor

    William Carleton

  • Some were afraid he'd give up the names of the other Whiteboys; but he did not.

    Poets and Dreamers

    Lady Augusta Gregory and Others

  • He meant by that that he didn't give up the names of the other Whiteboys.

    Poets and Dreamers

    Lady Augusta Gregory and Others