brass ankle


Definition of brass ankle

  1. 1 usually capitalized B&A, usually disparaging :  one of a group of people of mixed white, Indian, and African ancestry in South Carolina

  2. 2 usually disparaging :  a person sometimes passing as white who is partially black

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capable of being understood in two ways

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