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- noun plural Colloq. or Slang Breeches; trousers; ; underwear generally, especially women's; -- now usually referred to as
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- noun colloquial, dated
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"inexpressibles" -- (a word which, the reader may be interested to learn, is as old as 1793).
Which led to the use of euphemisms such as " inexpressibles " for leggy items of clothing.
What Mr. Keyes seems to miss is that " inexpressibles " for " breeches " — going back to a bawdy 1790 poem by John Wolcot — was a comic formulation lampooning phony propriety.
Well, no one could ever call YOU "inexpressibles", could they?
Both wore their still abundant hair combed straight back and powdered, a round man's hat, a man's cravat and waistcoat, but in the place of "inexpressibles," a short petticoat and boots: the whole covered by a coat of blue cloth, of quite a peculiar cut.
A felt hat, remarkable only for its being crownless, adorned my head; a ragged blanket sufficed - only in a measure, however - to keep the cold from my coatless body; a pair of "inexpressibles," horribly dilapidated, encased my lower extremities; a boot on one foot, and the other wrapped up in old rags.
"inexpressibles;" and although much annoyed that no Indians could be induced to guide us to Esquimaux Bay, I determined on making the attempt with such assistance as Mr. Erlandson could give me, who was well acquainted with the upper part of the river.
"inexpressibles" inexpressibly bad, or, as Coleridge would have said,
a matter of choice, I prefer a pair of decent "inexpressibles" and a
"inexpressibles" might affect the fortunes of the second act, but I liked all their gay petticoats in the first, extremely.