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best bib and tucker

Slang definitions & phrases for best bib and tucker

best bib and tucker

noun phrase

One's best clothes; glad rags (mid-1700s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with best bib and tucker

best bib and tucker

One's finest clothes, dressed up, as in The men were told to put on their best bib and tucker for the dinner dance. Although wearing either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives. [ Mid-1700s ]
For a synonym, see Sunday best
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