white trash

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A shortening, first attested in 1850, of poor white trash, which black slaves in the Southern United States were said to call white individuals who worked in servile positions (for example as butlers).

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white trash (uncountable)

  1. (US, idiomatic, pejorative, ethnic slur) A poorly-educated white person or, collectively, white people of low social status.
    This white trash can't pay for his own beer.
    These lowlife characters are white trash.

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