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Almost certainly "buggers". Several other possible options ("bastards", "balls") are used later in the book without bowdlerisation. 'Now, you damned swab, will you take that back?' 'No, I will not.' 'You oily swine! You nigger's Nancy Boy! You crawling, sneaking, f - - bloody bastard!' 'Order!' exclaimed Mr Macgregor. and 'Here, Macgregor, ...


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