Yank

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From Yankee.

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Yank (plural Yanks)

  1. (US) A Yankee, a Northerner: someone from the Northern United States, especially from New England.
    • 1865, unnamed Confederate officer, according to Lieutenant Joseph E. Moody, U.S.V., “Life in Confederate Prisons”, in Civil War Papers, Volume II, Massachusetts Commandery (1900), page 368:
      Halt! come down there, you Yanks, come down!
    • 1944, Howard Fast, Freedom Road, M.E. Sharpe (1995), ISBN 978-1-56324-440-7, page 33:
      “I do wish I might of found you in my sights when you was with them damn Yanks,” Abner added.
    • 2004, O. K. Williams, The Way the Cards Fall, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 9781412022897, page 16:
      Corporal Bob explained, “The Yanks has tha best weapons. But us Rebs know how to shoot tha damn things. []
  2. (sometimes pejorative) A Yankee, an American: someone from the United States.
    • 1951, “The Yanks Are Coming: U.S. shows world we are playing for keeps as 4th Division leaves to join Eisenhower's NATO army”, in Life, 11 June 1951, page 38:
      “This time,” he [General Alphonse-Pierre Juin] told the Yanks, “you have not crossed to win new victories but to preserve peace. []

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