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  • n. Waders; rubber pants (including oversized boots) worn when wading in shallow water, especially when digging for clams with a clam rake.
  • n. A kind of trousers for women, short in length and often called capri pants


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  • The island instead became populated by small farmers, oystermen-residents still call themselves "clamdiggers" - and the Hellgate Pilots, who guided ships from Long Island Sound through the straits alongside Ward Island.

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  • To this day, natives are called clamdiggers, while those with, say, a quarter-century on the island earn the apparently coveted sobriquet mussel-sucker.

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  • Natives are called "clamdiggers," and those who leave-for college, marriage or a fling at the outside world-usually come back.

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  • The first stop was a class at the Open Center taught by the inspirational guru Julia Cameron, author of "The Artist's Way," the last before she moves back to Taos, N.M. The expansive room was filled with men wearing clamdiggers and strappy sandals and women carrying rucksacks.

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  • Nadal's biggest endorsement deal is with Nike, which has tried to make money on Nadal by moving him out of his customary clamdiggers and sleeveless shirts.

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  • Lieberman best keep a suitcase packed with linen suits and clamdiggers, that open Ambassadorship to The Maldives awaits disloyalty.

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  • Photo of Irish clamdiggers, 1882, is from the National Archives.

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  • Though, in all seriousness, we would totally wear white clamdiggers with a little red “Help” stitched on the pocket!

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  • One lady of a certain age mentioned that she'd read that expatriates should dress down, only to find herself feeling very out of place wearing clamdiggers and tennis shoes to an afternoon barbeque where everyone else, a mostly Mexican crowd, was all dressed up.

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  • Lost clamdiggers and reportorial notebook, in or around Riv Hotel LV 6/8-6/9 sentimental value, generous reward, no questions asked.

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  • But skipvia--now that you've mentioned it and all....

    *waiting to see skipvia in clamdiggers c. 1958*

    March 14, 2008

  • These were also popular in the 50s for boys due to a brief national infatuation with calypso music (and Harry Belafonte in particular.) They had fake rope belts and stripes down the outside of the leg. I have some embarrassing pictures of myself in them on the first day of school in about 1958. And no, I won't share them...

    March 14, 2008

  • Calf-length slacks for women, popular in the 1960s

    Also called capris, petal pushers

    February 2, 2008