hoop-petticoat love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hoop-skirt.
  • n. A plant, Narcissus Bulbocodium, a native of heaths in France, so called from the shape of its flowers.


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  • Nott inscribes his book β€œTo all Good Housewives,” and declares that he placed an Introduction before it merely because fashion had made it as strange for a book to appear without one as for a man to be seen in church without a neckcloth or a lady without a hoop-petticoat.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • 'I find several speculative persons are of opinion that our sex has of late years been very saucy, and that the hoop-petticoat is made use of to keep us at a distance.

    The Coverley Papers

  • 'Among these various conjectures, there are men of superstitious tempers, who look upon the hoop-petticoat as a kind of prodigy.

    The Coverley Papers

  • The torn card may probably be dropped by the well-dressed gamester, who has exchanged the dice-box for the mallet, and whose laced hat is hung up as a companion trophy to the hoop-petticoat.

    The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings With Descriptions, and a Comment on Their Moral Tendency

  • The hoop-petticoat came into fashion, and the dress was looped up at intervals to show the richly-coloured skirt below.

    With Marlborough to Malplaquet A Story of the Reign of Queen Anne

  • A lass of six years is bound up in a whalebone waist; her large hoop-petticoat supports a skirt covered with wreaths; she wears on her head a skillful combination of false curls, puffs, and knots, fastened with pins, and crowned with plumes, and so high that frequently "the chin is half way down to her feet"; sometimes they put rouge on her face.

    The Ancient Regime

  • A white muslin dress, not expanded by the stiff, ceremonious hoop-petticoat, but falling down in ample folds, wrapped up her tall, noble figure, a small lace kerchief covered the beautiful neck, and in part the splendid shoulders.

    Empress Josephine An historical sketch of the days of Napoleon

  • By bribes of gingerbread of her own making, stamped with a royal crown, she tempted their sunny sportiveness beneath the gloomy portal of the province-house, and would often beguile them to spend a whole play-day there, sitting in a circle round the verge of her hoop-petticoat, greedily attentive to her stories of a dead world.

    Twice Told Tales

  • And, to do the people justice, stern republicans as they had now become, they were well content that the old gentlewoman, in her hoop-petticoat and faded embroidery, should still haunt the palace of ruined pride and overthrown power, the symbol of a departed system, embodying a history in her person.

    Twice Told Tales

  • Her spangled shoes and gold-clocked stockings shone gloriously within the spacious circle of a red hoop-petticoat, which swelled to the very point of explosion, and was bedecked all over with embroidery a little tarnished.

    An Old Woman's Tale (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")


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