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  • n. Plural form of furbelow.

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Examples

  • In the furbelows and folderol of the chat between the first cup and the second he shows me several interpretations of crocodiles in soapstone and wood, but nothing real.

    Richard Bangs: Quest for the Lord of the Nile, Part II

  • And so with the cock bird, displaying his feathered ruffs and furbelows, dancing strange antics and spilling out his heart in song.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Innuit pattern, sewed together with sinew threads, and devoid of beads or furbelows.

    A RELIC OF THE PLIOCENE

  • As the Cleveland News reported the day after his demise: "He was his 100 percent self all the time, no frills, or furbelows, and it was this trait that won him fast friends among the heads of manufacturing, industrial and mercantile concerns as well as among the newsies on the street corners."

    Roger I. Abrams: Beanball Anniversary

  • Set in Paris during the Vichy era, “Marguerite” stars the gifted (but badly used) Ruthie Henshall, a darling of the West End musical, as the doomed courtesane once played by Greta Garbo in frills and furbelows.

    London Theater Journal: Wet Groundlings and a Soggy Camille named “Marguerite” - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Devoid of frills and furbelows, the First Lady most successfully complements her refined wardrobe, either audaciously, with fantastic faux jewels, or charmingly, with a playful brooch or an unassuming bow.

    Michael Henry Adams: Changing Fashion, Obama Style

  • These are just a few of the unorthodox touches that make Metropolitan Home magazine's showhouse, which opened last week, more than just another eye-numbing collection of fringes and furbelows from job-hungry decorators.

    This Is The House That Love Built

  • Louvre where the monarchy displayed itself in furbelows.

    Les Miserables

  • Perhaps this is the heavy price which society exacts for our furbelows, our titles, and our children.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • There was no whimsy about her dress tonight: her mantua gown was exquisitely composed and cut to her figure, the brocade petticoat full to the ground, the sleeves adorned with gorgeous furbelows, the décolletage deliciously full.

    The Scandal of the Season

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  • I encountered furbelows in Martha Grimes' I Am the Only Running Footman. I could tell it was meant to draw attention to some sort of ornimentation. All refs indicate women's clothing, but Grimes applied it to home-made chair covers.

    July 7, 2009