border ruffian

noun, often capitalized B&R

Definition of border ruffian

: one of a group of proslavery Missourians during the period from 1854 until the beginning of the Civil War who used to cross the border into Kansas to vote illegally, make raids, and intimidate the antislavery settlers

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“Border ruffian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border%20ruffian. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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