Deslauriers held his tongue, as he had the bank-notes that had been given to him in his breeches' pocket.
The man hath a straight sword within he leg of his breeches.
Which feels the cold most, the Highlander with his kilt and bare legs, or the Sassenach with his drawers and breeches?
It is an excrescence, not an essential garment like the shirt and breeches.
Dressing was rapid, for Chris, like the rest of the sailors in the tropic heat, wore only his breeches.
His lordship threw off his dressing-gown and stood forth in shirt and breeches.
He started very early—dressed in a blue tailed coat, breeches, and top-boots—and surveyed until dusk.
Who had given him the breeches on his legs and the hat upon his shallow pate?
"Held my head above water, breeches buoy and all that sort of thing," said Stover, remembering something in Dickens.
I will be frank with you—these breeches in which you behold me are my only ones.
c.1200, a double plural, from Old English brec "breeches," which already was plural of broc "garment for the legs and trunk," from Proto-Germanic *brokiz (cf. Old Norse brok, Dutch broek, Danish brog, Old High German bruoh, German Bruch, obsolete since 18c. except in Swiss dialect), perhaps from PIE root *bhreg- (see break (v.)). The Proto-Germanic word is a parallel form to Celtic *bracca, source (via Gaulish) of Latin braca (cf. French braies), and some propose that the Germanic word group is borrowed from Gallo-Latin, others that the Celtic was from Germanic.
Expanded sense of "part of the body covered by breeches, posterior" led to senses in childbirthing (1670s) and gunnery ("the part of a firearm behind the bore," 1570s). As the popular word for "trousers" in English, displaced in U.S. c.1840 by pants. The Breeches Bible (Geneva Bible of 1560) so called on account of rendition of Gen. iii:7 (already in Wyclif) "They sewed figge leaues together, and made themselues breeches."
The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
(Ex. 28:42), rather linen drawers, reaching from the waist to a little above the knee, worn by the priests (Ezek. 44:17, 18).