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Filibuster

A piratical adventurer. The most notorious was William Walker, who was shot in 1855. (French, flibustier, a corruption of our “freebooter;” German, freibeuter; Spanish, filibustero; Dutch, vrijbueter. (See Buccaneer.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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