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doughface

[ doh-feys ]
/ ˈdoʊˌfeɪs /
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noun U.S. History.

a Northerner who sympathized with the South during the controversies over new territories and slavery before the Civil War.
a congressman from a northern state not opposed to slavery in the South.

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Origin of doughface

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; dough + face
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