means a free rover. (Dutch, buiten, to rove, whence vrijbuiter; German, freibeuter, etc.)
“His forces consisted mostly of base people and freebooters.” —Bacon.
Freeholds Estates which owe no duty or service to any lord but the sovereign.(See Copyhold.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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