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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. 2018.
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  • What is there romantic about a queue, or slipper buckles, and knee breeches?

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
  • It was at Oxford I first dressed in knee breeches and silk stockings.

  • 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
  • I saw him here last year and instinctively looked for the cocked hat and knee breeches associated forever with le petit caporal.

    As the Crow Flies Walter Phelps Dodge
  • He was clad in a huge waistcoat, long coat, knee breeches and hoseblue hoseupon his comely legs!

  • He appears in a short coat, knee breeches, and short gaiters.

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


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • And he would have been more conspicuous with a cocked hat on his bare red scalp, and knee breeches instead of buckskins.


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • I remember so late as Mr. Canning, the minister always came down in silk stockings and pantaloons, or knee breeches.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli

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