- a Nazi.
- a Nazi storm trooper.
Origin of brownshirt
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- (in Nazi Germany) a storm trooper
- a member of any fascist party or group
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generic term for "Nazi, fascist," especially of the thuggish sort, 1934, originally (1922) in reference to the German Sturmabteilung, Nazi militia founded 1921; they were called Brown Shirts in English because of their uniforms.
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