Peep-o'-day boys

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Peep-o'-day boys the Irish insurgents of 1784; -- so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Peep-o'-day boys a band of Protestants in the north of Ireland, in the end of the 18th century—opposed to the Catholic Defenders
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as above, Fr. piper, to chirp like a bird, then to beguile, whence peep=to look out slyly.

Usage

In literature:

And if Guy Darrell will not, we have no more chance of the Montfort interest than if we were Peep-o'-day Boys.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Peep-o'-Day Boys and Defenders, 613.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
PEEP O'DAY BOY'S CABIN.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
Peep o' Day Boys, 344.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
In Ireland the Peep-o'-Day Boys make their appearance.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
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