Doughface

Southern sympathizers in the North were referred to as “doughfaces”. ┬áDespite being an etymology fan, I’d never thought to research the word’s origin ’til now. It’s pretty great. ┬áHere’s the short answer:

The term doughface originally referred to an actual mask made of dough, but came to be used in a disparaging context for someone, especially a politician, who is perceived to be pliable and moldable.

There’s a full history of the word that’s worth a read at the link below.

Doughface – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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