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Difference between Blue coats and Bluecoat boys

blue coats

1. (coll.) the police:

  • One of the blue coats would attempt to put back the crowd.

2. blue-coated seamen:

  • These were blue coats—French—who were on shore for a visit.

3. (U.S. hist.) a soldier in the Federal army during the Civil War:

  • Wait until the States are restored and the “Blue Coats” are out of the way.

bluecoat boys—(UK hist.) schoolboys of a charity school who wear blue coats (also: blue boys):

  • The day after Christmas Day was a high day with us as Bluecoat boys. We then received our yearly new coat and cap…