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knee breeches

plural noun
breeches (def 1).
Origin of knee breeches
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My clothes were brought home in a few days, and I threw off my knee-breeches, as I thought, forever.

  • Dressed (knee-breeches, etc.) and went into school with Selwyn.

  • It was suspected that he had looked too big in knee-breeches.

  • How fine the father looked in his short coat and knee-breeches.

  • In an instant the owner of the landau had alighted, hat in hand, a middle-aged man in velvet coat and knee-breeches.

    The Red City S. Weir Mitchell
  • Even amongst the older men of the Hardanger one seldom sees the knee-breeches and stockings which used to be worn.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • An army of servants, in knee-breeches and a gaudy livery, stood at every corner where they might be wanted.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • He stood on shore and rubbed himself briskly all over with the rough cloth of his knee-breeches before clothing himself in them.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • knee-breeches of the same material, with laced half-boots and leather leggins, set off his stout calf and well turned ankle.

    Warwick Woodlands Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)

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