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- n. Plural form of kickshaw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.
- n. A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.
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Such dinners they may pronounce as mere flummery and "kickshaws," but the partakers of them will not often endorse their opinion, nor desire to return to the antique fashions of 1773.
Little "kickshaws" for Polly lay on the table before him, and a small fire burned in the grate, with a huge kettle thereon.
“We are well enough now,” said Mowbray, “though we have had none of their d — — d kickshaws.”
Sweets from broceded trays and kickshaws most elaborate.
“Because when you touch an honest bit of bread you never wipe your hands, but if you take one of these fine kickshaws you turn to your napkin at once, as if you were angry to find your fingers soiled.”
We dare not imagine the private agonies of his Lady, deprived, perhaps forever, of acquiring additional kickshaws and gauds on investors' nickels and dimes.
I hate your kickshaws, though I keep a French cook for those who are not of my way of thinking.
Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
At dinner, the lady maintained the same ungracious indifference, never speaking but in whispers to her aunt; and as to the repast, it was made up of a parcel of kickshaws, contrived by a French cook, without one substantial article adapted to the satisfaction of an English appetite.
She lives in Leeson park with a grief and kickshaws, a lady of letters.
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