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A derisory name used by British naval seamen during the First (1652–4) and Second (1665–7) Anglo-Dutch Wars to describe Dutch seamen. As a sea song, written to commemorate the British victory at the St James's Day battle, 25 July 1666, has it:The cannons from the Tower did roar,When this good news did come to shore,The bells did ring and bone-fires shine,And healths carrous'd in beer and wine,God bless King Charles and all our fleet,And grant true friends may safely meet,Then Butter-boxes brag no more,For now we have beaten you or'e and or'e.

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