black and tan

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black and tan (plural black and tans)

  1. Any of various breeds of dog having black and tan colouring. [from 19th c.]
  2. (US slang, now historical) A bar, nightclub etc. which had both black and white customers, especially one that featured black entertainers. [from 19th c.]
  3. (colloquial) An alcoholic drink made from a dark and a light malt, typically stout (black) and ale (tan). [from 19th c.]
    Not only did the Dublin barkeeps not make a shamrock in the foam, they claimed to not even know what a black and tan was.
  4. (in the plural) An armed force recruited to fight against Irish republican activity in Northern Ireland; see Black and Tans. [from 20th c.]

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