fabric for making skirts.
Often, skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
Also called skirting board. British, baseboard ( def 1 ).

1680–90; skirt + -ing1 Unabridged
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skirting (ˈskɜːtɪŋ)
1.  a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
2.  material used or suitable for skirts

skirtings (ˈskɜːtɪŋz)
pl n
ragged edges trimmed from the fleece of a sheep

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "lower part of a woman's dress," from O.N. skyrta "shirt," see shirt. Sense development from "shirt" to "skirt" is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (cf. Low Ger. cognate Schört, in some dialects "woman's gown"). Sense of "border, edge" (in outskirts, etc.) first recorded
1470, and the verb meaning "to pass along the edge" is from 1623. Metonymic use for "women collectively" is from 1560; slang sense of "young woman" is from 1906; skirt-chaser first attested 1942.
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