butter-box

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The idiom may have derived from the flag of Holland, which at the time had an orange stripe on top.

Noun[edit]

butter-box (plural butter-boxes)

  1. (archaic, slang, UK) A derogatory name that British sailors gave the Dutch during the age of the Anglo-Dutch Wars.

References[edit]

  • Oxford Dictionary of nautical matters.