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1Chiefly with capital initial in the first element. A member of a disorderly gang of weavers from the Coombe area of Dublin. Now historical.
2Chiefly with capital initials. A supporter of the American cause prior to and during the American War of Independence (1775–83). Now historical.
Mid 18th century. From liberty + boy.
liberty boy/ˈlɪbəti bɔɪ/
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