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A dated, chiefly derogatory expression for a vociferous supporter of policy (jingoism) favouring war, especially in the name of patriotism.

Originally (in the late 17th century) a conjuror's word, by jingo occurred in a popular song adopted by those supporting the sending of a British fleet into Turkish waters to resist Russia in 1878. The chorus ran: ‘We don't want to fight, yet by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, and got the money too’.


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