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[tog] /tɒg/
a coat.
Usually, togs. clothes.
verb (used with object), togged, togging.
to dress (often followed by out or up).
Origin of tog
1775-85; apparently short for earlier cant togeman(s), togman cloak, coat, equivalent to toge (late Middle English < Latin toga toga) + -man(s) obsolete cant suffix < ? Unabridged
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  • They'd have to be to tog out like that every day in the week.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • In silk, with a trademark Latin, the plutocrat's wife appears, and I can afford but satin to tog out my dimpled dears.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
British Dictionary definitions for tog out


verb togs, togging, togged
often foll by up or out. to dress oneself, esp in smart clothes
See togs
Word Origin
C18: probably short for obsolete cant togemans coat, from Latin togatoga + -mans, of uncertain origin


  1. a unit of thermal resistance used to measure the power of insulation of a fabric, garment, quilt, etc. The tog-value of an article is equal to ten times the temperature difference between its two faces, in degrees Celsius, when the flow of heat across it is equal to one watt per m²
  2. (as modifier): tog-rating
Word Origin
C20: arbitrary coinage from tog1 (noun)
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Word Origin and History for tog out



1708, "any outer garment," shortened from togman "cloak, loose coat" (1560s), thieves' cant word, formed from French togue "cloak," from Latin toga (see toga). Middle English toge "toga" (14c.) was also a cant word for "coat."

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Slang definitions & phrases for tog out



  1. Composed and effective; free of tension and anxiety: Now they're together, unless they're strung out (1960s+ Counterculture fr black)
  2. Stylish and au courant; socially adept (1960s+ Black)

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get it together, have it all together

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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