Woolyback meaning

(regional, Liverpudlian) A person who works in Liverpool docks (historically)
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(regional, pejorative, Liverpudlian) A person from any of several towns or the country around Liverpool (present day)
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Origin of woolyback

  • Medieval. Non resident Welsh and English people attempting to avoid the entrance fee at Chester City Walls on market day, by sneaking through the livestock entrances with a sheep on their back.

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  • Coal delivery men from mines in the areas surrounding liverpool would use a sheep fleece as padding for their backs when carrying bags of coal from their vehicles.

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  • Liverpool Docks 18th Century: Unloading ships, the dockers would carry the woollen bales on their backs leaving traces of wool on their clothing.

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