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lawn sleeves

(used with a plural verb) the sleeves of lawn forming part of the dress of an Anglican bishop.
(used with a singular verb) the office of an Anglican bishop.
(used with a singular or plural verb) an Anglican bishop or bishops.
Origin of lawn sleeves
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It defended the poacher lad, but lost for the writer his lawn sleeves.

  • My lords of the lawn sleeves have lost half their honours now.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I would sometimes wear the lawn sleeves of a bishop, and sometimes the tye-wig of a barrister.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • Four bishops in purple, with lawn sleeves, golden crosses on their breasts, and croziers in their hands.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • The dignity a parson derives from the lawn sleeves and square cap of his diocesan will never endanger his humility.

  • Another person put on a bishop's robes, satin gown, lawn sleeves, and the other pontifical ornaments.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • If the university shall not think fit to allow Mr. Oates his degree, the lawn sleeves are to be ruffled next parliament.

    Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • Gambroons and aprons and lawn sleeves won't go a-voyaging, depend upon it.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • If not, the Irish bench of bishops jointly selects the new wearer of lawn sleeves.

  • A preaching, prison-preaching, field-preaching esquire, strikes more than all the black gowns and lawn sleeves in the world.

    George Whitefield Joseph Belcher

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