Knicker

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Knicker A small ball of clay, baked hard and oiled, used as a marble by boys in playing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n knicker A small ball of baked clay used by boys as a marble; especially, such a ball placed between the forefinger and thumb, and propelled by a jerk of the thumb so as if possible to strike another.
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Quotations

  • Jonathan Miller
    Jonathan Miller
    “Attitudes to museums have changed. If it had Marilyn Monroe's knickers or Laurence Olivier's jockstrap they would flock to it.”

Idioms

Fur coat and no knickers - Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
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Knickers in a twist - When your knickers are in a twist, you are angry and snappish over something trivial. 'Whenever he loses his car keys, he gets his knickers in a twist.'
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. knikker,

Usage

In literature:

Straight ahead of him on the trail, and coming directly toward him, moved a figure in knickers and belted tweed.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
His knickers had dried upon him, but his coat was still very damp.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Knickers, White, 1/6, 2/, 2/6, 3/6, and 4/6.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
They won't let her leave the Turkey-twill knickers and the short skirt.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Promised Stanny he should wear his knickers.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Enter, in front, tall young men in coloured tunics, knicker-bockers, and turn-down collars.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various
You wore white flannel knickers, and a little blue coat.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
Westmore walked leisurely toward his quarters, to freshen up and don knickers.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers
Walks into the office in knickers and a cloth cap, and shaves once a week when his beard is ready for clipping.
"The Call of the Town" by John Alexander Hammerton
Brrrring went the alarm and Knickers responded with a lively "Woof" She was anxious to get going.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
The child who sat facing him on a cushion in the bow was a little boy of four or five years, in a short scarlet jacket and blue knickers.
"The Ledge on Bald Face" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Golf knickers are also satisfactory.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior
I've known Macauley ever since I was in knickers.
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
They mustn't wear knickers.
"A Son of the Sahara" by Louise Gerard
This name, later contracted to "Pants," was suggested by my omnipresent checkered knickers, the only nether garment I possessed at the time.
"Down the Yellowstone" by Lewis R. Freeman
And what he knows he learned from me when I was votin' an' he was onny in knickers!
"Natalie: A Garden Scout" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Yet now they are cropping her fair curls, are exchanging her white frock for masculine knickers.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy
Both pockets of his moleskin knickers bulged with ammunition for this engine.
"Mushroom Town" by Oliver Onions
Yes, she told us, Claire was in the water with the others, probably among the deeper ones who were getting their knickers wet.
"The Corner of Harley Street" by Henry Bashford
He looked well in windbreaker coat, cap, leather puttees, and his knickers were genuine Scotch plaid.
"The Mystery of Jockey Hollow" by Cleo Garis
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In poetry:

In Hungary a boy wears white
Blouses, his knickers fit him tight,
He has top boots of patent leather,
And in his hat a peacock's feather.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

'Snickers 'n knickers' are well-earned.
" By 1881, it was shortened to "knickers," and was still common in the 1930s and 40s.
Academy Twists Strikers' Knickers .
Let me see your knickers.
He owns 167-pairs of knickers, 13 pairs of shoes, and 300 sweaters.
Knicker knotting might be the first reaction of beef and dairy producers to any suggestion they could benefit from one another.
And to your right we have David Beckham in his knickers.
While I prefer the knicker length, Vertical Girl also makes a pant and a capri that rock the same qualities.
Do the Scottish indeed wear knickers under their kilts.
Next Crime-Fighting Innovation: Plaid Knickers and a Tam O'Shanter.
When people talk about Madonna exposing herself, they normally mean her tendency to drop her knickers.
Get out your plaid knickers and argyle socks.
Complimentary back-up knickers might be a consideration.
Before we all get our knickers in a tweet.
CONTENTIOUS LABOR DISPUTE RESOLVED IN EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE 2005: Post-MFA Challenges Twist Garment Sector Knickers 2006: SUPPORT FOR TRADE MISSIONS TO SRI LANKA ,NikeLeaks Cables: Asia.
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