[ nik-erz ]
/ ˈnɪk ərz /
noun (used with a plural verb)
Also knick·er·bock·ers [nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
- a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
British Informal. a woman's or girl's short-legged underpants.
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to get one's knickers in a twist, British Slang. to get flustered or agitated: Don't get your knickers in a twist every time the telephone rings.
Origin of knickers
1880–85; shortened form of knickerbockers, plural of knickerbocker, special use of Knickerbocker
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's knickers in a twist
/ (ˈnɪkəz) /
an undergarment for women covering the lower trunk and sometimes the thighs and having separate legs or leg-holes
a US variant of knickerbockers
get one's knickers in a twist slang to become agitated, flustered, or upset
Word Origin for knickers
C19: contraction of knickerbockers
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