American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resembling a leg of mutton in shape; tapering sharply from one large end to a point or smaller end, as a sleeve or sail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the general shape or outline of a leg of mutton.
“Then I removed the sprit, tightly hauling down the peak of the sail, and we raced along under what sailors call a leg-of-mutton.”
“Shortly he will be setting a tiny leg-of-mutton and steering with an oar.”
“You can follow the evolution of such once-tr endy things as the cage-crinoline (or hoop); the bustle; the 22-inch-waist corset; the high, breast-revealing Empire waisted dress; and the leg-of-mutton sleeve.”
“She was dressed in traditional Victorian bustle and leg-of-mutton sleeves.”
“She is an immaculately dressed despot with a languorous voice and tiny white buttons along the cuffs of her black, leg-of-mutton sleeves.”
“It features a distinct "leg-of-mutton" sleeve, which is puffy at the shoulder and tapered at the wrist.”
“If they would have a leg-of-mutton and an apple-pudding, and a glass of sherry and port (or simple brandy-and-water called by its own name) after dinner, all would be very well; but they must shine, they must dine as their neighbors.”
“How fine it was, a sprigged muslin of rich green and gold, with leg-of-mutton sleeves puffed at the shoulder and tapered down the arms.”
“She posed slightly for him, aware the high neck and leg-of-mutton sleeves gave a touch of sophistication while the back exposed a large triangular area of bare skin.”
“The portraits of the present day are not disfigured by the towering head-gear, the long waists and hoops against which Reynolds had to contend, nor by the greater variety of hideous fashions, including the no-waist, the tight clinging skirt, the enormous bows of hair, and the balloon or leg-of-mutton sleeves, which at various periods interfered with the highest efforts of Lawrence.”
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