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plus fours

plural noun
long, baggy knickers for men, introduced before World War I and worn until the 1930s for sports activities, especially golf.
Origin of plus fours
First recorded in 1915-20; so called because four inches are added to the length of ordinary knickers to give the desired looseness
Related forms
plus-foured, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for plus fours

plus fours

plural noun
men's baggy knickerbockers reaching below the knee, now only worn for hunting, golf, etc
Word Origin
C20: so called because the trousers are made with four inches of material to hang over at the knee
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