turncoat

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Etymology[edit]

A compound of turn +‎ coat, reportedly derived from the sometime military practice of wearing uniform coats that were lined in material of a contrasting color, and which could be worn inside out to present a different appearance.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtəːn.kəʊt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɝn.koʊt/
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Noun[edit]

turncoat (plural turncoats)

  1. A traitor; one who turns against a previous affiliation or allegiance.

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