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  • n. Coverings for the legs, to protect them from water and mud; long gaiters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coverings for the legs, to protect them from water and mud; long gaiters.


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  • As I wish to describe these persons as accurately as possible, I may add, he wore a dark-coloured coat, corduroy breeches, and spatterdashes.


  • He had breeches of the same, with rows of buttons from the hips to the knees; a pink silk handkerchief round his neck, gathered through a ring, on the bosom of a neatly-plaited shirt; a sash round the waist to match; bottinas, or spatterdashes, of the finest russet leather, elegantly worked, and open at the calf to show his stockings and russet shoes, setting off a well-shaped foot.

    The Alhambra

  • Having knocked at the gate, and then pissed, as most men will do, the porter soon found him out, by his large greasy spatterdashes, his jaded hollow-flanked mare, his bagful of writs and informations dangling at his girdle, but, above all, by the large silver hoop on his left thumb.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Captain Sinclair actually waddled out of his roundhouse to converse politely with the Governor while the convicts were lined up on deck under the eyes of the marines on duty, eyes bloodshot and breath reeking, but leather stocks and spatterdashes perfect.

    Morgan’s Run

  • So woe betide the marine whose choking black leather stock was not properly fastened around his neck or whose knee-length black leather spatterdashes were not properly buttoned.

    Morgan’s Run

  • She came out on the porch now, to help her father on with his coat, and to tie his spatterdashes.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862

  • As a General, his acknowledged and eminent qualities were sullied by the German puerilities of an exact attention to military trifles; any deficiency in etiquette was punished like a crime: the formation of a new pattern of spatterdashes was treated as an important event.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

  • The flaps of our saddles, the great spatterdashes that protected our feet from the mud, and the broad stirrup-straps were covered with carved and embossed patterns; indeed almost all leather-work is decorated in this way, and the saddle-makers delight in ornamenting their wares with silver plates and bosses; so that it was not surprising that our saddles and bridles should have cost, though second-hand, nearly as much as the horses.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • By his side, the registrar Seurrot, his legs encased in blue linen spatterdashes, his back bent, his hands crossed comfortably over his "corporation," sat roasting himself at the flame, while grumbling when the wind blew the smoke in his eyes.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • O yes, he could make spatterdashes (leather riding gaiters), and play a little upon the fiddle.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 19 — Travel and Adventure


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