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swarthies

  1. plural of swarthy
    • 1900, The Whole Prose Romances of François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire[1], page 70:
      Finally I saw all our Italian women and my mother, torn in pieces, cut up, massacred by the monsters who contended for them ; the captives, my companions, the Moors who had taken us, the soldiers, the sailors, the blacks, the whites, the swarthies, the mulattoes, and lastly, my captain himself, were all slain
    • 1962, The Skipper[2], volume 22, page 21:
      Then one of the swarthies popped a couple of shovels of coal into the small fo'c's'le stove — for it was cold that July night Down Under — and everyone began to talk.
    • 1980, The secret of Sam Marlow: The Further Adventures of the Man with Bogart's Face[3], page 12:
      Hobby Lobby made a slight motion with his left hand and the swarthies froze in the desert.
    • 1997, The Chariton Review, Volume 23, Issue 1[4], page 71:
      The swarthies just stood waiting for whatever was in the air. I wanted to get up and walk away. But I didn't even budge.
    • 2010 Sympathy for the Devil page 366
      Real controversial stuff, sure, but you know what, he was actually in the dead center of polite opinion when it came to the Negroes and the swarthies and money-grubbing kikes and all those other lovely stereotypes.
    • 2014 Dead Men Don't Eat Lunch page 52
      The swarthies didn't bother to threaten us this time; instead, they mocked us with catcalls and whistles, as we squeezed past them in abject humiliation.
    • 2015 Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting page 24
      A school friend of mine, Gavin, one of the swarthies, organised one May afternoon a tea party at his parents' house in Cheyne Walk.

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