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[hwahyt-boiz, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌbɔɪz, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
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
white + boy + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It would be best for us follow after the rest of the army of the Whiteboys.

  • 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
  • Returning to Ireland, he found the peasantry engaged in the great agrarian struggle which produced the “Whiteboys.”

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • It is clear, at all events, that by the conviction of Cussen, the Whiteboys lost a leader.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • The word was also used in Ireland during the 18th century to describe a secret revolutionary society similar to the Whiteboys.

  • The movement was agrarian, not religious, though the Whiteboys were catholics, nor political.

  • The principal secret societies were the Oakboys and the Steelboys of the north, and the Whiteboys of the south.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous

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