monkey jacket

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noun

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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monkey jacket

noun

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

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