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court plaster

cotton or other fabric coated on one side with an adhesive preparation, as of isinglass and glycerin, used on the skin for medical and cosmetic purposes.
Origin of court plaster
1765-75; so called because of former use in courtly circles for making beauty spots Unabridged
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  • Some like to use little strips of gummed paper or court-plaster, but old-fashioned glue is about the most satisfactory stuff.

  • "I was taking back some court-plaster I had," replied Alice.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Barbara submitted with no further demur, and soon her face was adorned with strips of court-plaster laid on in a plaid pattern.

    The Wyndam Girls Marion Ames Taggart
  • Several strips of court-plaster covered the cut on her temple.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He took his hat off, and did as he was bid, disclosing only a narrow slip of court-plaster.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • You must have some water, and I will go and get you some court-plaster—do be careful!

    Greifenstein F. Marion Crawford
  • Before he had finished MacDonald had used two thirds of a roll of court-plaster.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • But it's strange that Uncle Jim didn't ask about the court-plaster on my face.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed
  • My blistered cheek was becoming very painful in consequence of the drawing of the court-plaster.

    Nurse and Spy in the Union Army S. Emma E. Edmonds
  • Miss Milly was very sorry, and helped his mother wash his cheek and got court-plaster for her.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
British Dictionary definitions for court-plaster

court plaster

a plaster, composed of isinglass on silk, formerly used to cover superficial wounds
Word Origin
C18: so called because formerly used by court ladies for beauty spots
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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