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jingo


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jingo  \Jin"go\,  n.;  pl  {Jingoes}.  [Said  to  be  a  corruption  of 
  St  Gingoulph.] 
  1.  A  word  used  as  a  jocular  oath.  ``By  the  living  jingo.'' 
  --Goldsmith. 
 
  2.  A  statesman  who  pursues,  or  who  favors,  aggressive, 
  domineering  policy  in  foreign  affairs.  [Cant,  Eng.] 
 
  Note:  This  sense  arose  from  a  doggerel  song  which  was  popular 
  during  the  Turco-Russian  war  of  1877  and  1878.  The 
  first  two  lines  were  as  follows: 
 
  We  don't  want  to  fight,  but  by  Jingo  if  we  do  We 
  've  got  the  ships,  we  've  got  the  men,  we  've  got 
  the  money  too 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  jingo 
  n  :  an  extreme  bellicose  nationalist  [syn:  {chauvinist},  {jingoist}, 
  {flag-waver},  {hundred-percenter}] 




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