- 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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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?
But why, Alick, are you surrounded by such a number of Whiteboys.
Some were afraid he'd give up the names of the other Whiteboys; but he did not.
He meant by that that he didn't give up the names of the other Whiteboys.