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Greycoats

Russian soldiers of the line, who wear grey coats.

“You might think of him thus calm and collected charging his rifle for one more shot at the advancing greycoats.” —Besant and Rice: By Celia's Arbour, chap. xiv.

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