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high water

water at its greatest elevation, as in a river.
Origin of high water
First recorded in 1545-55

high waters

plural noun, Slang.
trousers short enough to expose the ankles, especially as worn by growing children whom they earlier fit.
Also called flooders.
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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high water

another name for high tide (sense 1)
the state of any stretch of water at its highest level, as during a flood
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high waters

noun phrase

(also high water pants or high waders or flood pants) Trousers that are shorter than current fashion dictates, esp that end above the ankles: Look at his high waters!

[fr the notion that the trousers have been chosen or rolled up for walking through high water]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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