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Borrowed from French rastaquouère, from South American Spanish rastacuero.


rastaquouère (plural rastaquouères)

  1. A social upstart, especially from a Mediterranean or Latin American country; a smooth untrustworthy foreigner.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 607:
      That is, willing to drop the surveillance and shelve the files of all his other current assignments, to concentrate on this band of rastaquouères who had blown so problematically into town.