rebel yell

noun

Definition of rebel yell 

: a prolonged high-pitched yell often uttered by Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War

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His face is contorted into a deranged smirk, his eyebrows raised and his teeth bared, as if fixing around that shrill yawp of the rebel yell. Connor Towne O'neill, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Ugliest Confederate Statue Isn’t Coming Down Anytime Soon," 16 Sep. 2017

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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