peeler

peeler "policeman," 1817, British colloquial, originally a member of the Irish constabulary, named for Sir (at that time Mr.) Robert Peel (1788-1850) who founded the Irish Constabulary (Cf. BOBBY (Cf. bobby)). Meaning "strip-tease artist" (1951) is from PEEL (Cf. peel) (v.).

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  • peeler — Ⅰ. peeler [1] ► NOUN ▪ a utensil for peeling fruit and vegetables. Ⅱ. peeler [2] ► NOUN Brit. informal, archaic ▪ a police officer. ORIGIN from the name of the British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel (1788 1850) who establ …   English terms dictionary

  • Peeler — Peel er, n. One who peels or strips. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peeler — Peel er, n. [See {Peel} to plunder.] A pillager. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peeler — Peel er, n. A nickname for a policeman; so called from Sir Robert Peel. [British Slang] See {Bobby}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peeler — [pē′lər] n. [after PEEL Sir Robert, who first organized the Irish constabulary] [Old Brit. Slang] a policeman …   English World dictionary

  • Peeler — A peeler (potato peeler and/or apple peeler) is a metal blade attached to a wooden, metal or plastic handle that is used for peeling certain vegetables, frequently potatoes, and fruits such as apples, pears, et cetera.There are three main… …   Wikipedia

  • peeler — [[t]pi͟ːlə(r)[/t]] peelers N COUNT A peeler is a special tool used for removing the skin from fruit and vegetables. Peel the aubergines with a potato peeler …   English dictionary

  • peeler — UK [ˈpiːlə(r)] / US [ˈpɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms peeler : singular peeler plural peelers a tool used for removing the skin from a fruit or vegetable …   English dictionary

  • peeler — I. noun Date: 1597 1. one that peels 2. a crab that is about to shed its shell 3. a log of wood (as Douglas fir) suitable for cutting into veneer called also peeler log II. noun Etymology: Sir Robert Peel Date: 1817 British …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peeler — noun a) A police officer. potato peeler b) A person whose job it is to peel fruit or vegetable produce. Syn …   Wiktionary

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