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white coat Line breaks: white coat
Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪt kəʊt/

Definition of white coat in English:


1A long white protective garment worn by doctors, hospital attendants, and laboratory workers.
Example sentences
  • When I began this book I thought scientists had no emotional life, they were men and women in white coats.
  • Medical students from a Rome teaching hospital bicycled through the capital wearing their white coats and stethoscopes to protest against the cuts in spending on research.
  • She is a natural listener and it is easy to imagine her in a white coat with a stethoscope in her pocket, dispensing sympathy and stern wisdom at the bedside.
2 (whitecoat) Canadian An infant harp seal, which has whitish fur.
Example sentences
  • Mothers find their pups among the many whitecoats on the ice floes by scent and reject all but their own.
  • The protests climaxed in 1983 with a European Community (EC) ban on the import of ‘whitecoats’ and ‘bluebacks’.
  • Almost all of the white-coat hunting involved fishermen in Newfoundland and Quebec who needed a way to make money at the end of winter before the fishing season began again.


men in white coats

humorous Psychiatrists or psychiatric workers (used to imply that someone is mad or mentally unbalanced): I think the men in white coats will be calling soon
More example sentences
  • "If he carries on in this way we won't need the men in grey suits, we'll need the men in white coats."
  • Later that same evening in 1918, Warburg was taken away by men in white coats.
  • They'd probably have rung the men in white coats to take me away.

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