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1An informal term for Britain or England, used by soldiers of the First and Second World Wars.
- 1.1military slang A wound suffered by a soldier in the First World War which was sufficiently serious to merit being shipped home to Britain.‘he had copped a Blighty and was on his way home’
- ‘He's bound to cop a Blighty before the week is out.’
- ‘He copped a blighty over in Flanders and he was sent over here to recover.’
- ‘Inflicting or otherwise causing a blighty wound was considered a capital offense, which was punishable by execution by a firing squad.’
- ‘A few nights later he copped a Blighty bullet in his leg and I last saw him in Dover Hospital in 1943.’
- ‘Then, as you know, I copped a Blighty while standing on the ground, if you please.’
- 1.1military slang A wound suffered by a soldier in the First World War which was sufficiently serious to merit being shipped home to Britain.
First used by soldiers in the Indian army; Anglo-Indian alteration of Urdu bilāyatī, wilāyatī foreign, European, from Arabic wilāyat, wilāya dominion, district.
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