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  • adj. wearing a petticoat

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wearing petticoats.
  • In electricity, having a petticoat. See petticoat, 7.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. wearing or furnished with a petticoat


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  • French designer Christian Dior is usually credited with popularizing the "New Look" -- which featured a cinched waist and huge, petticoated skirt -- in 1947.

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  • The little girls wore bright pastels, even in winter, lacy little socks, and white nylon sweaters over their petticoated party dresses.

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  • Lona: Chiefly to annoy the petticoated and trousered prudes that one met at every turn in the town.

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  • Mrs. Lovick, you say, is a good woman: if the lady be worse, you shall advise her to send for a parson to pray by her: unknown to her, unknown to the lady, unknown to thee, (for so it may pass,) I will contrive to be the man, petticoated out, and vested in a gown and cassock.

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  • They were all slip-shoed; stockingless some; only under-petticoated all; their gowns, made to cover straddling hoops, hanging trollopy, and tangling about their heels; but hastily wrapt round them, as soon as I came up stairs.

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  • What can they think of them? what can they make of these bearded or petticoated giants who look down upon their games? who move upon a cloudy Olympus, following unknown designs apart from rational enjoyment? who profess the tenderest solicitude for children, and yet every now and again reach down out of their altitude and terribly vindicate the prerogatives of age?

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  • Once in the French Quarter, they jaunted by topless strip clubs and restaurants with petticoated Southern belles, past drunken college frat boys, spilling their super-size cups of beer, and around street musicians dancing with trombones.

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  • She gazed about their bedroom, and its full dismalness crawled over her: the awkward knuckly L-shape of it; the black walnut bed with apples and spotty pears carved on the headboard; the imitation maple bureau, with pink-daubed scent-bottles and a petticoated pin-cushion on a marble slab uncomfortably like a gravestone; the plain pine washstand and the garlanded water - pitcher and bowl.

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  • Should the bishop now be re-petticoated, his thraldom would be complete and forever.

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  • He then began to trot, and roared out apparently that we must do the same. 1 We looked at one another, the Hammal swore that he would perish foully rather than obey, and — conceive, dear L., the idea of a petticoated pilgrim venerable as to beard and turban breaking into a long

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