blue-coat, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans bloubaadjie, see bloubaadjie.
prison slang
1. A long-term male prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence, usually after having been declared an habitual criminal; bloubaadjie sense 2 b. See also Blourokkie sense 1.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 12In prison the blue-coat occupies a position of some degree of importance. A blue-coat is even higher than a murderer.
1976 V. Rosenberg Sunflower 57In prison, the murderer, unlike the blue-coat, does not wear a distinctive garb. He is not dressed by the authorities in a way to single him out from the other convicts.
2. An indeterminate prison sentence; blue-jacket; coat; cf. baadjie sense 2.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 11He goes back to prison to serve the indeterminate sentence all over again. As they say in prison, he goes back to do his second blue-coat.
1975 Sunday Times 15 June 3If I give myself up, I want to know that I’m not going to get a bluecoat (indeterminate sentence).
A long-term male prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence, usually after having been declared an habitual criminal; bloubaadjie2 b.
An indeterminate prison sentence; blue-jacket; coat;

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