- a tall fur hat with a baglike ornament hanging from the top over the right side.
- the bearskin hat worn by certain British guardsmen.
Origin of busby
First recorded in 1755–65; orig., a bushy wig; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for busby
The hijinx Llewyn finds himself in with the cat is worthy of a Busby Berkeley number.‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Is About to Be a Very Big Deal
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And Busby shouted from his position in the corner on the floor, "Shut up, you fool!"
Well, now, which one of these men did you leave home with—Busby or Kitsong?
He admitted that he expected Busby to have trouble with Watson.
Let us hope that as he was not fully admitted, he escaped Busby's birch.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
"He certainly means to let me off altogether," exclaimed Busby.Out of the Hurly-Burly
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- a tall fur helmet with a bag hanging from the top to the right side, worn by certain soldiers, usually hussars, as in the British Army
- (not in official usage) another name for bearskin (def. 2)
C18 (in the sense: large bushy wig): perhaps from a proper name
- Sir Matthew, known as Matt . 1909–94, British footballer. He managed Manchester United (1946–69)
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Word Origin and History for busby
"fur hat worn by hussars on parade," 1807, earlier "a kind of bushy, tall wig" (1764), of unknown origin, though it is both a place name and a surname in England. Related: Busbied.
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