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plimsoll

or plim·sol, plim·sole

[plim-suh l, -sohl]
noun British.
  1. a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker.
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Origin of plimsoll

First recorded in 1905–10; perhaps so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark

Plimsoll mark

noun Nautical.
  1. load-line mark.
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Origin of Plimsoll mark

1880–85; named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98), English member of Parliament who brought about its adoption
Also called Plim·soll.
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  • He is a sort of bouncer, or capper for that gambling joint run by Plimsoll.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • Plimsoll'll use some of them to swear that he grubstaked Casey.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • They're tellin' me you give Plimsoll till sun-up to git out of camp, Sandy.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • The affair with Plimsoll at sun-up was likely to be short and sharp.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • "There's bad blood between you two," he said to Plimsoll and Sandy.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for plimsoll

plimsoll

plimsole

noun
  1. British a light rubber-soled canvas shoe worn for various sportsAlso called: gym shoe, sandshoe
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Word Origin

C20: so called because of the resemblance of the rubber sole to a Plimsoll line
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Word Origin and History for plimsoll

Plimsoll

n.

"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.

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