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monkey jacket

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noun
  1. a short, close-fitting jacket or coat, formerly worn by sailors.

Origin of monkey jacket

First recorded in 1820–30; so called from its resemblance to a jacket worn by an organ-grinder's monkey
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Examples from the Web for monkey jacket

Historical Examples

  • Having laid himself on his bunk, Farnborough drew an envelope from the inside breast-coat pocket of his monkey-jacket.

    The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Underneath his great-coat he wore his monkey-jacket, three sweaters, and a muffler.

  • "I shall be quite willing, I am sure," said the man in the monkey-jacket with imperturbable effrontery.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

  • The fellow took a firm grip of my monkey-jacket, and I made for the door.

  • Pete was still in his stocking cap and Wellington boots, but he had a monkey-jacket over his blue guernsey.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for monkey jacket

monkey jacket

noun
  1. a short close-fitting jacket, esp a waist-length jacket similar to a mess jacket
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