knee-length pants, especially those formerly worn by boys considered too young to wear full-length trousers (often used as a term symbolizing youth): I haven't felt this way since I was in knee pants.
D’oh! Words We BlurtEver trip over a sidewalk curb? Fall down a step? Bump into someone on the street? Push a door the wrong way? What’s your first verbal instinct in these moments of surprise? Is it to blurt out some onomatopoetic non-word (QZ.com refers to them quite accurately as “interjections, exclamations, non-lexical conversational sounds”). Well, whatever they are called, we know a few gut-reaction examples (that have …
Origin of knee pants
First recorded in 1865–70
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