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EtymologyEdit

From 1828.[1] See also   Dutch uncle on Wikipedia.Wikipedia (And comments on the talkpage.)

NounEdit

Dutch uncle (plural Dutch uncles)

  1. One who reproves in a blunt, stern manner intended for the benefit of the recipient.

Usage notesEdit

Although in some expressions Dutch is used as a pejorative or to denote inferiority, Dutch uncle appears to be neutral; the advice, although gruffly given, is often appreciated and the person giving it regarded with affection.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dutch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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