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hobble skirt

a woman's skirt that is very narrow at the bottom, causing the wearer to walk with short, mincing steps.
Origin of hobble skirt
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She declines to wear a hobble-skirt; but decline or not, she hobbles through life.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • The sarong is scant and reminds one strongly of the hobble-skirt, as no Malay is able to take a full stride in it.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for hobble-skirt

hobble skirt

a long skirt, popular between 1910 and 1914, cut so narrow at the ankles that it hindered walking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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