limejuicer

limejuicer

1. obsolete A British sailor, so called because of the Royal Navy's practice of adding lime juice to grog in order to combat scurvy. Primarily heard in US. A ship full of limejuicers just arrived into port where they met an icy reception from the locals.
2. dated By extension, any British person, especially an Englishman. The term is usually used in a derogatory manner. Primarily heard in US. We don't need some hoity-toity limejuicer coming in and telling us how to run our business. Why don't you go back to Britannia, you old limejuicer?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

limejuicer

and limey
n. a British sailor; and British citizen, typically a male. (The first one is old. Both are a little derogatory.) Some limey answered the telephone and I could hardly understand what she was saying.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Admiral Vernon's order of diluting the rum ration, which created grog, read in part ..." and limes to make the rum more palatable than when mixed with water." And so it was that grog (rum and water) mixed with lime juice came to be known as a 'Limey' and British ships as 'Limejuicers.'