The fellow had a red cap on like a sans culotte, and a most sinister aspect, dreary and meager, a proper caitiff.
The French noblesse chose to have the people 'sans culottes,' and they had 'sans culotte' governors to their hearts' content.
A pike in his hand and a red cap on his head would have completed the picture of a sans culotte.
His successor comes; the sans culotte roars at the head of his rabble in the streets, and storms the palace, stairs.
also sansculotte, "lower-class republican of the French Revolution," 1790, from French, literally "without breeches;" see sans + cullotes. Usually explained as referring to the class whose distinctive costume was pantalons (long trousers) as opposed to the upper classes, which wore culottes (knee-breeches), but this is not certain. Related: Sans-culottes; sans-culotterie.