Definition of Black and Tans in English:

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Black and Tans

An armed force recruited by the British government to fight Sinn Fein in Ireland in 1920–21. Their harsh methods caused an outcry in Britain and the US.


So named because of the mixture of military khaki and black constabulary colors of their uniform.

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Syllabification: Black and Tans

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