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lilywhite n. a person without a police record; someone who does not trigger suspicions; a clean-skin. Editorial Note: This is a more specific sense of the adjectival form of lily-white ‘lacking faults or imperfections; beyond reproach.’ (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • What is the significance of the word “lilywhite” in the title and lyrics of the song by Cat Stevens?  As far as I know, he is neither Irish nor a terrorist.  Would anyone investigate?

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