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 White Caps (1891).White Cockade. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
White-coat (A).
An Austrian soldier. So called because he wears a white coat. Similarly, an English soldier is called a red-coat. In old Rome, ad saga ire meant to “become a soldier,” and tumere sagum to enlist, from the sagum or military cloak worn by the soldier, in contradistinction to the toga worn by the citizen in times of peace.   1

 White Caps (1891).White Cockade. 


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