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white coat

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪt kəʊt
 
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Definition of white coat in English:

noun

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.

Phrases

men in white coats

1
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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