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breeks

[breeks, briks] /briks, brɪks/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Scot. and North England.
1.
breeches; trousers.
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  • All the world knows that it is ill taking the breeks off a Highlander.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • "I 'll be wipin off a streak o' red upon me breeks" Duke: Quick!

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • In about one minute I 'll be wipin' off a streak o' red upon me breeks.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • If ye sell your purse to your wife, gie her your breeks to the bargain.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • They may wear the breeks, but the women wear the brains, I trow.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • That's the only decent pair of breeks you've got, and the only shoon.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • For I peppered a bloke in the breeks; he swore bad, but 'twas only his play.

  • And of a' the beings ever I beheld in breeks, to think it should be you!

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • They may weel affoord se'enteen hunner linen to set it aff wi' 'at has naething but coaton inside the breeks o' them.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • You cannot "get the breeks off a Highlander," and after a week or two not a cod tail or a cent would have been available from Ike.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for breeks

breeks

/briːks/
plural noun
1.
(Scot) trousers
Word Origin
Scot variant of breeches
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