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Difference between Black and tan and “Black and Tans, the”

black and tan—(UK sl.) a drink composed of porter and ale:

  • He asked for a pint of black and tan, and had to explain to the waiter what it was.

Black and Tans, the—(UK hist.) an armed force specially recruited in 1921 to combat Sinn-Fein (an Irish movement dedicated to the unification of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland):

  • I read a lot about the Black and Tans during my British and Irish politics class.