Jingo

Jin"go

(?), n.;
pl. Jingoes (#).
[Said to be a corruption of St. Gingoulph.]
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1. A word used as a jocular oath. "By the living jingo." Goldsmith.
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2. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs; a bellicose superpatriot or chavinist. [Cant, Eng.]
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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: --
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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.

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