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In U.S. slang, fig. use for “a German” dates from 1858 (cf. kraut). “The effort to substitute liberty-cabbage for sauerkraut, made by professional patriots in 1918, was a complete failure.” [Mencken]

Source: Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

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