Wearing socks or stockings, but not shoes, as in I got locked out of the house in my stocking feet. [First half of 1800s]
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How to use stocking feet in a sentence
She dragged her luggage off the plane, sat down on the floor of Dulles airport in her stocking feet, and started making calls.
"Six, six and one-eighth in his stocking feet, to be exact," Mr. Peck corrected.
The master's mate was nearly six feet in his stocking feet as he stood, and Christy whispered to him the next thing in his scheme.Within The Enemy's Lines | Oliver Optic
Accordingly, he stole up quietly in his stocking feet, and looked through the keyhole.Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
He scratched his grizzled head, he plodded in his stocking feet, his waistcoat hung open over his shirt.Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
They donned trousers and coats, and prepared to leave the room in their stocking feet.Frank Merriwell's Chums | Burt L. Standish