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  • n. Plural form of shirt-waist.


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  • Tourists came and went, and pretty girls on their noon hour passed by in twos and threes, wearing the wide-brimmed straw hats and crisp white shirt-waists that had become the fashion.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Time and observation would no doubt mend or remodel the shirt-waists; and meanwhile both they and Miss Cameron would do very well for East Elgin, Mrs Forsyth avowed.

    The Imperialist

  • Still, she was an honest soul: she found more fault with what she called Miss Cameron's "shirt-waists" than with Miss Cameron herself, whom she didn't doubt to be a good woman though she would never see thirty-five again.

    The Imperialist

  • The boys were all dressed in shirt-waists and skirts, with neat white collars and little bows of various kinds.

    Glenloch Girls

  • When bidding don't get excited and think you're attending an auction of shirt-waists at a fire-sale.

    You Should Worry Says John Henry

  • The rotund woman with a short waist, sketched in No. 54, may improve her figure, as shown in No. 55, by choosing belts and collars the exact shade of her shirt-waists in summer, and by not cutting off her height by any sort of outside belt on winter gowns.

    What Dress Makes of Us

  • "University" -- because one of the preachers insisted upon preaching so much that the students got no chance to study; also because he sent home a rich man's daughter whose shirt-waists revealed too much of her fleshly nature.

    The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition

  • Both wore enormous dry "rats," that showed through the thin covering of outer hair, their stockings were quite transparent, and bows of pink and lavender ribbon were visible under their thin shirt-waists.

    Saturday's Child

  • I am still in the same shop with the same shirt-waists.

    Hungry Hearts

  • Often as I stood at my board at the laundry, I thought of Miss Whiteside, and her clean world, clothed in the snowy shirt-waists I had ironed.

    Hungry Hearts


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