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[nik-erz] /ˈnɪk ərz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
Also, knickerbockers
[nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/ (Show IPA)
. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
Chiefly British.
  1. a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
  2. panties.
British Informal. a woman's or girl's short-legged underpants.
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 of knickers
1880-85; shortened form of knickerbockers, plural of knickerbocker, special use of Knickerbocker Unabridged
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Examples from the web for knickers
  • She probably started driving home as soon as she woke up and realized her knickers went missing.
  • After all, they know how tired and grey your knickers are.
  • She will throw the knickers far away down in the fairy fort.
  • Certainly sticking our nose into other people's knickers is not one of our habits.
  • But before the housing industry's lobbyists get their knickers in a twist, there are the politics to consider.
  • He once showed up on a course in all-tweed, including tweed knickers and a tweed cap.
  • He grabbed her hair and stuffed the knickers in her mouth.
  • Makes no sense to get the knickers in a twist about it.
  • The public, however, didn't get its knickers in a knot.
  • No, no one's knickers got into a twist until it came to contraception golly.
British Dictionary definitions for knickers


plural noun
an undergarment for women covering the lower trunk and sometimes the thighs and having separate legs or leg-holes
a US variant of knickerbockers
(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 knickers

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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