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Agreed, "Name for the British, originated from British sailors SUCKING limes to prevent scurvy".
As to the insinuation that this is an example of how the “British were always the smart ones" one should question, after ruling the high seas and controlling so many beautiful places in the world, while suckin lines, why in God's name they ended up with the crappiest piece of land in the entire empire!! yeah, smart ones they are!. Suck some more limes baby!

If Britain isn’t the 51st state, why do so many Brits think there are 51 states! Brilliant your are ... Mates!
by AJK November 20, 2003
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a British person, term comes from sailors who came to the New World preventing scurvy from sucking limes. Term indigenous to North America
"That guy over there is a limey, lives in London, and came over here just for a short vacation".
by anonymous November 10, 2002
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A colloquial term used to address or mock british sailors, as they commonly sucked on limes to prevent scurvy. When scurvy was realised to be a common killer on long sea voyages, it was discovered soon after that fruit with a high citrus content would prevent this. The reason they chose limes in particular is that they were cheaper than oranges, and much more appealing in taste than lemons.
Sailor1: Lookit' that guy! Limey bastard.
Sailor2: What, you'd rather suck on lemons instead?
by Coillscath June 05, 2006
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A word Americans use to describe an English or British person. Comes from when British sailors used to eat limes to avoid scurvy. Although some entries have described the phrase as derogatory, it's really not that offensive at all, certainly nothing like the N-word, for example. It depends on the context, if the American uses it affectionately, the Briton should have no reason to be offended. If the American uses it while hurling abuse and expletives at the Briton, than their whole tone is what's offensive rather than the use of the word "limey".
American: Hey there limey, how's it going in England?
Englishman: Fine thanks, are you alright?

Cab Driver: What, no tip? You cheap limey cocksucker!
Englishman: Well in Britain we don't tip EVERYONE, you Yank twat!
by ManofG April 06, 2008
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An insulting term used to describe the English
Those limey bastards burned the whitehouse down in 1812!
by Christopher LaRock July 27, 2003
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Having lived in both Great Britain and in the United States, AND being educated reasonabley well, I believe that the word Limey is best defined as simply a slang term to refer to British citizens. As for all the slush slinging between anti-americans and anti-brits: I find both nations have in common the general hatred by much of the rest of the world, primarily because each nation has poked it's unwanted nose into other peoples' business around the globe at various times past and present. Its a mite silly for eithers citizens to chastise the other. Personally, I like both nations alot, AND find both to contain a liberal helping of poop-heads as well.
Brits,Limeys,Yanks,Wankers,Fellow victims of our own Egos.
by American Historian March 08, 2006
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Name for the British, originated from British sailors eating limes to prevent scurvy. British always were the smart ones, which is why they AREN'T the 51st state and never will be, thank god. RULE BRITANNIA
Limey 1 "hahahahaha look at that YANKEE with scurvy"
Limey 2" LOL, Lime anyone?" *sucks on lime*
by Define_it August 02, 2003
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Origianally used as an insult for English people. Now no longer an insult (especially in the North and among younger people) thanks to bands such as Hadouken!, who use it in their songs.
Hadouken! (That Boy, That Girl) : 'Yeh I'm an indie limey, but I like it grimey'
by Holly Fisher November 16, 2007
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