bolshie

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From Bolshevik (Russian большеви́к (bolʹševík), the socialist party in the 1918 Russian Revolution, from Russian Bolsheviki, "majority faction"), +‎ -ie.

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bolshie (plural bolshies)

  1. (derogatory, Britain, dated) A government leftist, especially a communist, socialist, or labour union leader.

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bolshie (comparative bolshier, superlative bolshiest)

  1. (Britain) Difficult or rebellious.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 16,
      Rachel came in, and Nick felt he'd been caught larking about, Catherine squashing him like some bolshie teenage attempt at seduction.
    Kate, don't be so bolshie!

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