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Lillibullero

[lil-ee-buh-leer-oh]
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noun
  1. a part of the refrain to a song deriding the Irish Roman Catholics, popular in England during and after the revolution of 1688.
  2. the song, or the tune to which it was sung.
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Historical Examples

  • A lively song from you—lillibullero from a death's-head—ha, ha!

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • With what bitterness he's giving us 'Lillibullero,' and he scarcely able to sit on his horse!

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton

  • One of the characteristics of the good old soldier is his trick of whistling Lillibullero.

  • The ballad of "Lillibullero," a scurrilous attack on the Irish recruits, was sung from one end of England to the other.

  • An instance in point is the celebrated poem "Lillibullero," or, as it is sometimes written, "Lilli Burlero."