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knee breeches

plural noun
breeches (def 1).
Origin of knee breeches
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His brown suit, knee breeches, and silk stockings, were set off by brightly polished steel buttons and diamond buckles.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • His trousers were knee breeches, buckled just below the knee, and he was very bow-legged; his calves were big and knotted.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • knee breeches are more usual, but even those are seen in none but very lavish houses.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • He was clad in a huge waistcoat, long coat, knee breeches and hoseblue hoseupon his comely legs!

  • He wore horn spectacles; and knee breeches, waistcoat and coat of black like the ink which fades to brown in a drying ink-horn.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • He wore the old style of dress always, knee breeches and buckles: but I have mentioned this before.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And he would have been more conspicuous with a cocked hat on his bare red scalp, and knee breeches instead of buckskins.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It's drillin'—drillin' with 'em all the time, an' red-tape an' knee breeches, an' when they ain't drillin' they're dancin'.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • It was at Oxford I first dressed in knee breeches and silk stockings.

  • Pretty girls walked there in the twilight with long-haired lovers in knee breeches and round hats.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott

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