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long johns

noun, (used with a plural verb) Informal.
long underwear, especially for winter use.
Origin of long johns
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
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long johns

plural noun
(informal) underpants with long legs
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Word Origin and History for long johns

type of warm underwear, 1943, originally for U.S. GIs. By 1919 as a type of pastry. Long john also was used of various sorts of worm, potato, sled, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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long johns

noun phrase

Long winter underwear: A generation or so ago, men, women, boys and girls put on long ones in October and wore long ones until spring/ Pop, will you dig that dish out of your long johns (1940s+)

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