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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FREEBOOTER

It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.

Nor was the freebooter's conversation more in accord with his surroundings.

True, the law said it was his, but the law did not mean to reward the freebooter; yet that is exactly what it did.

He was a freebooter with most of the virtues and vices of his kind.

He had the Viking spirit, and he burnt with a freebooter's passion for the sea.

"Let us enter," said the freebooter, preceding his companions.

They thought that his purpose was merely that of a freebooter.

She was riding away with a freebooter, a road-agent, to be held for ransom.

They entertained the freebooter, and like him have long since mouldered to ashes.

The taxpayer in him was stronger than the freebooter, after all.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, loan-translation of Dutch vrijbuiter "plunderer, robber," from vrijbuiten "to rob, plunder," from vrijbuit "plunder," literally "free booty," from vrij "free" + buit "booty," from buiten "to exchange or plunder," from Middle Dutch buten, related to Middle Low German bute "exchange" (see booty). Cf. filibuster. The back-formed verb freeboot is recorded from 1590s.

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