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knickers

[nik-erz] /ˈnɪk ərz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
Also, knickerbockers
[nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/ (Show IPA)
. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
2.
Chiefly British.
  1. a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
  2. panties.
3.
British Informal. a woman's or girl's short-legged underpants.
Idioms
4.
to get one's knickers in a twist, British Slang. to get flustered or agitated:
Don't get your knickers in a twist every time the telephone rings.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; shortened form of knickerbockers, plural of knickerbocker, special use of Knickerbocker
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British Dictionary definitions for get ones knickers a twist

knickers

/ˈnɪkəz/
plural noun
1.
an undergarment for women covering the lower trunk and sometimes the thighs and having separate legs or leg-holes
2.
a US variant of knickerbockers
3.
(slang) get one's knickers in a twist, to become agitated, flustered, or upset
Word Origin
C19: contraction of knickerbockers
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Word Origin and History for get ones knickers a twist

knickers

n.

"short, loose-fitting undergarment," now usually for women but not originally so, 1866, shortening of knickerbockers (1859), said to be so called for their resemblance to the trousers of old-time Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations for Washington Irving's "History of New York" (see knickerbocker).

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Slang definitions & phrases for get ones knickers a twist

knickers

Related Terms

have someone by the short hairs


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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