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glad rags

plural noun, Informal.
dressy clothes, especially as worn to a party or other social event.
Origin of glad rags
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I been playin' gent a long time, thinkin' it was just the glad rags I had and nothin' else.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • As Captain Y said, the little ketch had "put on her glad rags."

  • And to go home at night to doll up in his glad rags and call on Mazie.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • Pitchfork is going to a swell reception to-night, and will wear his glad rags.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • "Whom the gods would destroy they first dress in glad rags," piped Collins.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • "Put on your glad rags and come back, Priscilla," begged Peggy, who also was making preparations for a retreat.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • Guess you'll have to bid a fond farewell to all the glad rags you brought with you, and put on some of Ruth's, or Helen's.

  • We can see to it that the Patience girl gets some glad rags and some dope when she gets here.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • I slipped into the lavatory, hastily doffed my glad rags, and climbed into flannel and dungarees once more.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut

    Charles W. L. Bryde
British Dictionary definitions for glad rags

glad rags

plural noun
(informal) best clothes or clothes used on special occasions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for glad rags

glad rags

noun phrase

  1. One's best and fanciest clothing; party clothes: He was piking around in his glad-rags, with the buy-bug in his ear
  2. Formal evening wear (1902+)
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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Idioms and Phrases with glad rags

glad rags

Stylish clothes, as in Let's put on our glad rags and go out on the town. [ ; late 1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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