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hoop skirt

a woman's skirt made to stand out and drape in a stiff bell-like shape from the waist by an undergarment framework of flexible hoops connected by tapes.
the framework for such a skirt.
Also called hoop.
Origin of hoop skirt
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was the days of the hoop-skirt and she just about filled the door, so that nobody might see past her.

    The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys H. J. Crumpton and Washington Bryan Crumpton
  • In 1860-65, the hoop-skirt held sway, and the wasp waist was typical of beauty.

    The Arena Various
  • One stands up to allow a lemonade-seller to pass; she wears a hoop-skirt twelve feet in circumference.

  • In one tent was a side-saddle, a neat pair of gaiters, and a hoop-skirt.

  • In one of her trunks, broken open by pilferers of the attacking party, a hoop-skirt was found.

    Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary
  • A soldier had chanced upon a hoop-skirt, and arrayed in it he was performing a dance amid the applause of his companions.

    The Little Regiment Stephen Crane
  • I see a pitcher iv wan th' other day with nawthin' on her but a basket of cocoanuts an' a hoop-skirt.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War Finley Peter Dunne
  • You will observe that under the head of crinoline and hoop-skirt periods, there are a variety of outlines, markedly different.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • My hoop-skirt caught on one of the posts, and I fell sprawling into the yard.

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley

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