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hobble skirt

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noun
  1. a woman's skirt that is very narrow at the bottom, causing the wearer to walk with short, mincing steps.
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Origin of hobble skirt

First recorded in 1910–15
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Historical Examples

  • The sarong is scant and reminds one strongly of the hobble-skirt, as no Malay is able to take a full stride in it.

    The Critic in the Orient

    George Hamlin Fitch

  • She declines to wear a hobble-skirt; but decline or not, she hobbles through life.

    Poor Relations

    Compton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for hobble skirt

hobble skirt

noun
  1. a long skirt, popular between 1910 and 1914, cut so narrow at the ankles that it hindered walking
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