One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in historical contexts) a person living near the border between two countries, especially that between Scotland and England.
- ‘This was a well deserved victory but Tipperary borderers ensured that it was hard earned: both sides can take credit for an admirable display with honest endeavour, courage and some excellent football on show.’
- ‘The closest thing to an upset came at The Gytes where Peebles and Ayr had met last week in the league with the undefeated borderers winning.’
- ‘Eldest son of the earl of Northumberland, Percy was first appointed sole warden of the east march in 1385; Scottish borderers were soon calling him ‘Haatspore’.’
- ‘In the far north, at least, they were driven to suggest that the borderers were not really civil Englishmen at all.’
- ‘Sir Walter Scott may be the father of the historical novel but on this evidence his fellow borderer, Michael Scott, was a man ahead of his time.’
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