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nicky-tam

/ˈnɪkɪˈtæm/
noun
1.
(Scot) a strap or string secured round a trouser leg below the knee, formerly worn esp by farm workers to keep the trouser bottoms clear of dirt
Word Origin
C20: from knicker + tam, taum a fishing line or string
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Word Origin and History for nicky-tam
n.

also nicky tam, "garter worn over trousers," 1911, from Scottish, from shortened form of knickers + Scottish & northern English dialect taum, from Old Norse taumr "cord, rein, line," cognate with Old English team (see team). Originally a string tied by Scottish farmers around rolled-up trousers to keep the legs of them out of the dirt.

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