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  • n. Plural form of petticoat.


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  • When a child of 4 years old, in petticoats, he play'd the organ, and the most masterly pieces too before the

    Letter 185

  • She was the woman in petticoats, the full, long skirts of her day.

    Louise A. K. S. Clappe, "Dame Shirley"

  • A clown can sometimes do so, and sometimes a dancer in short petticoats and stuffed pink legs; occasionally, perhaps, a singer.

    Barchester Towers

  • When Molly Bawn was in short petticoats he used to adore her.

    Molly Bawn

  • There were the "Laufen" foaming down the valley under the dining room windows, there were the Swiss waitresses in short petticoats and velvet bodices and white chemisettes, and at the dinner table, sitting precisely opposite, there were the Malts.

    A Voyage of Consolation (being in the nature of a sequel to the experiences of 'An American girl in London')

  • Like most children in short petticoats, who -- contrary to the generally-received idea -- are constantly meditating on every subject that comes under their notice; 'Zekiel had his own ideas about Granny

    Soap-Bubble Stories For Children

  • I failed to picture him, a man educated up to the highest forms of art, gazing in delight while a lady in short petticoats jumps through a hoop from the back of a galloping horse.

    Gossamer 1915

  • The old thing, in short petticoats and a linsey woolsey bodice that had been purple and green, protested shrilly.

    Privy Seal His Last Venture

  • For the other attraction the Barrack room possessed for me, it was a Portrait, - nothing more nor less, - a dear little oval Miniature of the Boy in petticoats; done for him in his second or third year; and/so/like,

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • They were clothed in petticoats and short gowns, or bedgowns as they are called in England, bound round their waists with a trim white apron.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago


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