Three types of footwear -- including a brogue, a plimsoll, and an evening slipper -- established the basis for Katrantzou's theme.
He was not especially interested in Waterline happenings so long as plimsoll remained set.
plimsoll jumped for the girl, caught her by one arm roughly.
People always professed great regard for "Poor Jack," but until Mr. plimsoll arose, they left him to drown.
plimsoll's dark eyes were boring through the dealer's lowered lids.
plimsoll slid a bolt on the door, brought over one of the makeshift chairs and placed it in front of Molly, seating himself.
And they were tolerably certain that plimsoll had ambushed the two from the Three Star.
plimsoll shrugged his shoulders, but his eyes flickered and, for a second, his cowardly soul shrank.
An' didn't you have yore li'l' session with plimsoll all to yorese'f. What's eatin' you?
plimsoll's likely taken her over to the Waterline range country.
"mark on the hull of a British ship showing how deeply she may be loaded," 1881, from Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), M.P. for Derby and advocate of shipping reforms (which were embodied in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876). Sense extended 1907 to "rubber-soled canvas shoe" (equivalent of American English sneakers) because the band around the shoes that holds the two parts together reminded people of a ship's Plimsoll line; sense perhaps reinforced by sound association with sole (which sometimes influenced the spelling to plimsole). The name is of Huguenot origin.