Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A close-fitting flesh-colored garment or dress for the whole body or a large part of it, intended to represent the natural skin and to give the wearer the appearance of being unclothed: used on the stage: as, silk fleshings; a suit of fleshings.
- In leather manufacturing, the substance scraped from hides in the operation of removing the flesh from them.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Flesh-colored tights, worn by actors and dancers.
“Our friend the Conte Leandro, for instance, having determined to appear at the Circolo ball in the character of Dante -- which, for a poet at Ravenna, was a very proper and natural selection -- presented himself at the Palazzo Castelmare in that of Apollo -- an equally well-imagined presentation; had it not been that the happy intellectual analogy was less striking to the vulgar eye, than the remarkable exhibition of knock-knees and bow - legs resulting from the use of the "fleshings;" which constituted an indispensable portion of the god's attire.”
“Sixty-nine years seem impossible when I see his single, slimpsy garments pressed like fleshings against his form and bulged by heavy bone and huge muscle.”
“I had come as the Prince of Darkness of course and come across a fetching Succubus in very tight fleshings.”
“It was her shape that caught my eye, for she was in the tight fleshings that ballet-dancers wear, and I was admiring her legs when she turned in profile and to my astonishment I recognised Rosanna.”
“The man before him was no other than the one he had seen next door, dressed in red fleshings as Satan.”
“At first glance I could only make out a confused chaos, impossible to describe, amidst which my aunt was bustling about clad in pink fleshings.”
“It is feared, however, that with the advance of fashion the principal character -- who on this occasion was attired in pink fleshings draped with white chiffon -- will be voted overdressed and so fail to attract.”
“They pointed out to him that it was absolutely essential to have none but exemplary characters in the ballet; but they did not tell him where he would procure females who would have no objection to exhibiting their legs in pink silk fleshings.”
“Animal glue is made of bones and trimmings, cuttings and fleshings from hides and skins of animals.”
“In the French revue the members of the chorus reach their artistic limit in costuming when they dance forth from the wings wearing short and shabby undergarments over soiled pink fleshings and any time the dramatic interest begins to run low and gurgle in the pipes a male comedian pumps it up again by striking or kicking a woman.”
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