Jingoes
Jingo Jin"go, n.; pl. {Jingoes}. [Said to be a corruption of St. Gingoulph.] [1913 Webster] 1. A word used as a jocular oath. ``By the living jingo.'' --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs; a bellicose superpatriot or chavinist. [Cant, Eng.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: This sense arose from a doggerel song which was popular during the Turco-Russian war of 1877 and 1878. The first two lines were as follows: [1913 Webster]

We don't want to fight, but by Jingo if we do, We 've got the ships, we 've got the men, we 've got the money too. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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