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Meaning of "wetback" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WETBACK

Illegal immigrants would swim across the Rio Grande river to reach the US.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WETBACK

wetback  [ˈwɛtˌbæk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WETBACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wetback is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WETBACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of wetback in the English dictionary

The definition of wetback in the dictionary is a Mexican labourer who enters the US illegally.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WETBACK


bareback
ˈbɛəˌbæk
cashback
ˈkæʃˌbæk
comeback
ˈkʌmˌbæk
cornerback
ˈkɔːnəˌbæk
countback
ˈkaʊntˌbæk
cutback
ˈkʌtˌbæk
fastback
ˈfɑːstˌbæk
fatback
ˈfætˌbæk
feedback
ˈfiːdˌbæk
flatback
ˈflætˌbæk
hatchback
ˈhætʃˌbæk
horseback
ˈhɔːsˌbæk
liftback
ˈlɪftˌbæk
outback
ˈaʊtˌbæk
paperback
ˈpeɪpəˌbæk
playback
ˈpleɪˌbæk
scatback
ˈskætˌbæk
seatback
ˈsiːtˌbæk
slotback
ˈslɒtˌbæk
sweptback
ˈswɛptˌbæk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WETBACK

wet shave
wet steam
wet suit
wet wipe
wet-and-dry-bulb thermometer
wet-bulb thermometer
wet-fly
wet-look
wet-nurse
weta
Wetbike
wether
wetland
wetlands
wetly
wetness
wetproof
wetsuit
wettability
wettable

WORDS THAT END LIKE WETBACK

back
back to back
back-to-back
bounce back
callback
fightback
get back
go back
hold back
hold-back
laid-back
look back
pat on the back
payback
positive feedback
quarterback
setback
softback
throwback
upper back

Synonyms and antonyms of wetback in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «wetback» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WETBACK

Find out the translation of wetback to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wetback from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wetback» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

回潮
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

espalda mojada
570 millions of speakers

English

wetback
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वेटबैक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

wetback
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

wetback
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cucaracha
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ওয়েটব্যাক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

wetback
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Basah semula
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wetback
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ヒスパニック系の人
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불법 이민자가되어 있더라구
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wetback
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

wetback
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வெட்பேக்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वेटबॅक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kaçak Meksikalı göçmen
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

wetback
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Wetback
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

wetback
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

wetback
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

επανα-ύγρανσης
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

water gekoelde keer kamer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

wetback
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

wetback
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wetback

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WETBACK»

The term «wetback» is regularly used and occupies the 78.311 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WETBACK» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wetback

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WETBACK»

Discover the use of wetback in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wetback and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border
Wetback Nation is also the background to understanding the Bush proposals: the story of how the border has become a fraud, resulting in nothing more than the criminalization of Mexican and other migrants, the bloating of the mismanaged ...
Peter Laufer, 2006
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A Wetback in Reverse: Hunting for an American in the Wilds ...
A. WETBACK. ON. THE. MOVE. The days came and went in a hurry. People were beginning to settle down, and the pig-flu virus scare turned out to be more like a practical joke. I certainly had little to worry about, though, I admit, I was scared ...
Frederick Martin-Del-Campo, 2014
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Wetback: The Dramatic Story of a Mexican Alien in Texas and ...
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Claud Garner, 2010
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Wetback
Wetback is the story of two Mexican teenagers and one desperate child cast together by circumstance and set on an adventure charged with youthful expectations and midlife realities.
J. C. Peterson, 2011
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Term Paper Resource Guide to Latino History
36. Operation. Wetback. (1954). To combat the increase in undocumented Mexican laborers being hired by U.S. businesses, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to arrest and ...
Michael P. Moreno, Kristin C. Brunnemer, 2010
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Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol
drugs and affirmed the general broadening of Border Patrol operations to include crime control in the post-wetback years.59 By the early 1970s, U.S. Border Patrol officers reported that the line between drug interdiction and migration control ...
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, 2010
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Hector P Garcia
The content of The Wetback in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas caused significant division and conflict not only within the ranks of the American GI Forum , but among Mexican American leaders throughout South Texas. Although Garcia  ...
Kells, Michelle Hall
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Memories of Chicano History: The Life and Narrative of Bert ...
Hence, Operation Wetback was really a response to the weakening of the contract-labor system that regularized the pool of cheap labor, especially for agribusiness. It was meant to scare the braceros into remaining in their camps and ...
Mario T. García, 1994
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I No Hero
... derogatory name “Mojara” which although it means fish they were using more to describe me as. a. “Wetback”. Their. usual. chant. was. “Mojara”(fish). or. “ Wetback”. “go back to Mexico where you belong”. It was not only annoying but to me it ...
Victor M. Villarreal, 2010
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Llorona on the Longfellow Bridge: Poetry Y Otras Movidas
Literary Wetback (1987) When Bostonians hear me speak Spanish and ask me what country I'm from, I say I come from the border between Tejas and Méjico. Nobody asks me what side of the border I'm talking about, and I don't tell them, ...
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WETBACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wetback is used in the context of the following news items.
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Latino-American Commission condemns use of “wetback” during …
The Nebraska Latino-American Commission has condemned a state senator for using the term “wetback” during legislative floor debate. Sen. Bill Kintner of ... «Nebraska Radio Network, Jun 15»
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Nebraska GOPer opposing Dreamer rights uses 'wetback' racial slur …
Democrats in the Nebraska Senate said this week that state Sen. Bill Kintner (R) went too far when he used the term “wetback,” which is considered to be a racial ... «Raw Story, May 15»
3
From Undocumented Child to Federal Judge
I had serious misgivings about using the word “wetback” in the title, given that it has properly been relegated to the dustbin of outdated and intolerable ethnic ... «Chicago Tonight | WTTW, Jan 15»
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Letter: Bring Back “Operation Wetback
If you have doubts about the veracity of th information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself. Why, you might ask, ... «FITSNews, Apr 14»
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Obama honors man who called Mexicans 'wetbacks,' 'illegals'
President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that “none of us can claim to know exactly what [labor organizer] Cesar [Chavez] would have said about this ... «Daily Caller, Mar 14»
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NC officers busted for sharing racist video game about shooting …
“Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many 'wetbacks' one has killed.” The Justice Department also ... «Raw Story, Mar 14»
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Yes, Cesar Chavez Called Strikebreakers 'Wetbacks'
Cesar Chavez (not to be confused with, um, Hugo Chávez!) is probably best remembered as an incredible labor and civil rights leader. Along with the United ... «ColorLines magazine, Feb 14»
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Report: Senate Candidate From Texas Urges Border Residents To …
A Texas businessman who is running for the U.S. Senate in the GOP primary is drawing fire for referring to people who cross the border illegally as “wetbacks” ... «Fox News Latino, Feb 14»
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GOP Senate Candidate Defends Use Of 'Wetbacks' Slur As 'Normal …
A U.S. Senate candidate is facing fierce criticism after saying ranchers should be free to shoot "wetbacks" on sight, using a derogatory term that the candidate ... «Huffington Post, Feb 14»
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Man Throws Burrito With "Wetback" Written on Wrapper at Fasting …
Of course, there are haters. And, of course, some pendejo thought it funny to throw a burrito at the fasting protestors. And, of course, that same pendejo couldn't ... «OC Weekly, Feb 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Wetback [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wetback>. Aug 2019 ».
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