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boiled shirt

a formal or semiformal dress shirt with a starched front.
Origin of boiled shirt
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The village treasurer wore a "boiled shirt" and brass collar-buttons, but no collar or coat.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • Would Thorn surprise his skin with a boiled shirt and his stomach with a broiled steak?

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • Si's paper collar and cuffs at once became pulpy paste, and his boiled shirt a clammy rag.

  • One is one of them he schoolma'ms that goes around in a boiled shirt and a hard-boiled hat, buzzin' like a mosquito.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Thanks to my wisdom, Jerry has now safely emerged from the baby diseases, and confronts the world in a boiled shirt.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • Gamble on me, returned the leader with ready good-nature, Ill make it as clean as a boiled shirt.

  • In the town you are going to, a boiled shirt is a credential.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He had been known to remark: "The sight of a bloke in a boiled shirt makes me sick."

  • Phelan exploded, jumping to his feet and turning white as his boiled shirt.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for boiled shirt

boiled shirt

(informal) a dress shirt with a stiff front
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for boiled shirt

boiled shirt

noun phrase

  1. A dress shirt, esp with a starched front; Fried Shirt
  2. Stiff, chilly, and pompous behavior; stuffiness: not arrayed in the ''boiled shirt'' of formality (1850s+ Western)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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