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Saturday, February 09, 2002

furbelow

\FUR-buh-low\ , noun;
1.
A pleated or gathered flounce on a woman's garment; a ruffle.
2.
Something showy or superfluous; a bit of showy ornamentation.
Quotes:
In a season of ruffles, frills and furbelows, simple cuts in neutral shades stand out.
-- "Designers Head for Neutral Territory", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 27, 1997
Patience is required to get past some of the director's more baroque cinematic touches, decorating the story's dark center with visual furbelows . . . and aural gimmicks.
-- Lisa Schwarzbaum, "Movies: The Evil That Men Do", Entertainment Weekly, October 23, 1998
It is a story that, for all its hyper-animatedness, all its flips and furbelows of style, is confusing and wearisome.
-- Christine Stansell, "Details, Details", New Republic, December 10, 2001
Origin:
Furbelow is perhaps an alteration of Italian faldella.
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