Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to various things of a presumably coquettish or attractive nature: a small becoming bonnet fashionable about the middle of the nineteenth century; a lady's cap with ribbons that tied under the chin on one side with ‘kissing-strings’; a short lock of hair curled in front of each ear, etc. The name is also given to the wild pansy. See kiss-me.
“Giving Blackpool's entertainment history a very modern twist, this 10-day festival of magic, theatre, burlesque, circus and street entertainment revives Britain's favourite kiss-me-quick location's reputation as the best place to see variety performed.”
“He spoke of "leisured gaiety": kiss-me-quick hats and fairground novelties alongside solemn Henry Moore figures.”
“Art and design eventually gave way to sea-bathing, donkey-rides and kiss-me-quick hats, before cheap flights to the continent helped usher in an era of social deprivation and boarded-up shops.”
“Nostalgia, innocence, sea air, kiss-me-quick hats and saucy postcards – piers are a uniquely British mix, and a dying breed.”
“Oh yeah, and sorry that my pic here above shows me un-bowler hatted, but unfortunately they were so unconvincing that it looked more like a Blackpool kiss-me-quick hat than businessman chic.”
“He nodded to the staff; growled a "Lazybones!" as the Roofers passed out two by two, always two by two: a fair one with made-up eyes, a dark one with kiss-me-quick lips; sniffed their cheap perfumes amid the tarry smell of the packages marked Sidney, New York, Paris ....”
“Oh, she had often felt inclined to send them all to the devil: the made-up eyes, the kiss-me-quick lips, the tow wigs, the low jokes, the monkey-claws!”
“No kiss-me-quick change had a chance of producing anything better.”
“A gust of wind, and away went the straw hats from the stall, up into the air, over the heads of the crowd, spinning along in the gutters; one, a very kiss-me-quick, was blown slap in the face of an old priest trudging along reading his breviary.”
“Next spring's collection was a kiss-me-quick, seaside themed affair, with ice-creams handed out at the door and the sound of gulls cawing over crashing breakers piped over Claridges ballroom's PA system.”
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