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[gal-uh-siz] /ˈgæl ə sɪz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Older Use.
a pair of suspenders for trousers.
Origin of galluses
First recorded in 1825-35; variant of gallows
Related forms
gallused, adjective Unabridged
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  • Dont gentlemen put their feet on the table and let their galluses down?

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • And that other one—that Milbrey—from all I hear he's lighter'n cork—cut his galluses and he'd float right up into the sky.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • If your singletree chain broke, you fixed it wid mulberry skins; same wid your galluses.

  • He had shortened his "galluses" and hitched up his breeches to a very comfortable fit.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • That air Rufe is shore the monstrousest scalawag that has escaped hangin' on the galluses.

  • Und de nex time I seed a pare of galluses convict a prisner.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • "More or less," he admitted, wishing to goodness he had on his best pair of "galluses" instead of the ones he was wearing.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • Uncle had tied a red handkerchief around his neck and was readjusting his galluses when I returned.

    The Light in the Clearing

    Irving Bacheller
  • Yer see, when I threw those partridges onter the ground it brought a purty powerful strain onto my galluses.

  • Then he served the trousers and the "galluses" the same way; likewise Benny Ellison's socks.

    The Rival Campers Ashore

    Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for galluses


plural noun
(dialect) braces for trousers
Word Origin
C18: variant spelling of gallowses, from gallows (in the obsolete sense: braces)
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