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noun Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a British sailor.
  2. a British person.
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Origin of lime-juicer

First recorded in 1855–60; so called because British sailors were required by law to drink lime juice to ward off scurvy

Usage note

See limey.
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Examples from the Web for lime-juicer

Historical Examples

  • "I saw it done when I was second mate on a lime-juicer," Captain Ward spoke up.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • "Yes, she's a lime-juicer," he remarked, and something like a sigh escaped him.

  • At noon we picked up a ship ahead, a lime-juicer, travelling in the same direction, under lower-topsails and one upper-topsail.

  • These were rather numerous (as Nares contemptuously put it) "for a lime-juicer."

    The Wrecker

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

  • These were rather numerous (as Nares contemptuously put it) “for a lime-juicer.”

Word Origin and History for lime-juicer


see Limey.

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