Trousers

Definitions

  • Emily repairs Will's trousers
    Emily repairs Will's trousers
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Trousers A garment worn by men and boys, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

COME ALONG, YOU LITTLE IMP! I'LL LEARN YOU TO MAKE FUN OF MY TROUSERS COME ALONG, YOU LITTLE IMP! I'LL LEARN YOU TO MAKE FUN OF MY TROUSERS
What the seams of your trousers are put there for What the seams of your trousers are put there for

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
    • n trousers A garment for men, extending from the waist to the ankles, covering the lower part of the trunk and each leg separately; originally, tightly fitting drawers; pantaloons. See strossers. In the early part of the nineteenth century long frilled drawers reaching to the ankles were worn by girls and women, and called trousers.
    • n trousers Synonyms Breeches, Trousers, Pantaloons. Breeches are properly short clothes, reaching just below the knee; the use of the word for trousers is erroneous and vulgar. Trousers is the old word for the garment common in Occidental nations to cover the legs of men; many, especially in England, still insist upon the word, and confine pantaloons to its historical sense. Many, however, especially in America, are satisfied with pantaloons (colloquially, pants) for trousers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Trousers trow′zėrz long breeches: a garment worn by males on the lower limbs and trussed or fastened up at the waist by braces or belt
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Quotations

  • Henrik Ibsen
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    “You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.”
  • Austin O'Malley
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    “Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.”
  • Lester Piggott
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    “Eating's going to be a whole new ball game. I may even have to buy a new pair of trousers.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
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    “Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.”
  • Bruce Dickinson
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    “Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.”

Idioms

All mouth and trousers - (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used, though this is a corruption of the original.
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All talk and no trousers - (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
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Wear the trousers - The person who wears the trousers is the dominant or controlling person in a relationship, especially the woman.
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Who wears the trousers? - (UK) The person who wears the trousers in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. trousses, breeches worn by pages, from trousse, trosse, a bundle, a truss. See Truss, and cf. Trossers Trouse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trousses, breeches worn by pages.

Usage

In literature:

And, as he stooped, his trousers split up the back.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
Those who are at all dressed, wear short trousers and an upper garment.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
And the ones in dark-blue uniform with the maroon stripe at the side of the trousers?
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
And he would wear long trousers!
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
The seat of Jones' trousers came away with the lioness' claws.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
And meanwhile Captain Owen Kettle, stripped to shoes and trousers, sweated over his work in the baking heat.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
This coat also, like the trousers, is padded, and reaches almost to the haunches.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
I always did this thing without loosening my trousers.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
We used to lie out on the edge of the lake, in our oldest trousers, and talk.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
His only movement was a tattoo of the fingers on his trousers' legs.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
It sniffed critically at its coat and trousers, and flung them to the other end of the room.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
You see Mr. Direck had never seen Mr. Raeburn before, and knew nothing about his trousers.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
In fact I dreaded the butternut trousers almost as much as she did.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
Gilmore buried his hands deep in his trousers pockets and with one eye half closed surveyed the lawyer over the tip of his tilted cigar.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
They also wear loose trousers and jackets and little red caps.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
Now, off with your shirt and trousers.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
A little later I had slipped into the trousers and was proudly marching at the head of my little impi.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
Will you have the trousers to match?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 4th 1914" by Various
For a space Kipps was too busily employed to think at all of Chitterlow or the crumpled bit of paper in his trouser pocket.
"Kipps" by H. G. Wells
One is a little reminded of the trousered monkeys on the barrel organs.
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
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In poetry:

Women wear trousers
To trail round the shops;
Women in trousers
Wield brushes and mops.
"A Question" by Cicely Fox Smith
Women wear trousers
For sleeping and sitting
And pouring out tea in
And doing their knitting.
"A Question" by Cicely Fox Smith
Did some lodge here
And leave for a keepsake
Wisteria trousers? Thoroughworts,
Impossible to forget,
Their fragrance lingers on.
"Did some lodge here" by Ki no Tsurayuki
I shan’t tell you what’s his name:
When we want to play a game,
Always thinks that he’ll be hurt,
Soil his jacket in the dirt,
Tear his trousers, spoil his hat,—
Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!
"Fraidie-Cat" by Clinton Scollard
With whirring head I slid from bed,
Crept from my peaceful couch;
Forsook my trousers hanging there,
Red gold within their pouch.
Out through my chamber door I fled
And up the hallway softly sped.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
I smash-because I feel like it! Hang it all! Freedom! I've power!
Run, spirit, till dawn. Out of the way. Today we rule!
And when I leave the pub with hands in the pocket of my trousers
I'll stagger wide down the drunken street, nobody's fool!
"The Saturday Night Song" by Julian Tuwim

In news:

Billie Joe Armstrong refused to pull up trousers.
Whether two-tone, textured or regimentally striped, the new trouser dictates the look.
Certainly, madam,' said the man in the black jacket and striped trousers, pen and notepad at the ready.
There's a renewed interest in tailoring this fall, and the result is a bonanza of jacket shapes and trousers.
a $595 blazing-pink jacket that comes with one inexplicably black sleeve (as well as) a pair of black trousers with a giant white hand positioned ...
Trousers to a cocktail party.
This season a glitzy pair of trousers replaces the little black dress.
Jonah Falcon was stopped and frisked by the TSA in San Francisco due to a giant bulge hiding in his trousers .
And yes, his quest for flat-front trousers and Herman Miller chairs on an unemployed New Yorker's salary are all very amusing, but it's when Hyman steers away from his raison d'être and delves into relationships that he hits his stride.
Check out these chic trousers that can turn up your style in the office.
Right now, it's all about long and loose trousers , with a slew of stylish stars including Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Oliva Palmero rocking the '70s-inspired look.
Taller, slimmer , leggier: That's how you'll appear in smartly pared-down trousers.
A pair of flaming trousers (or a growing nose, à la Pinocchio) isn't the only sign that a person is spewing falsehoods.
Translating the bespoke-level tailoring of menswear for ladies has been making waves since Garbo rocked a suit and Chanel decided on a trouser revolution.
Knits are on the high end of the fashion barometer this year, which means that a long, lean sweater , belted over a skinny skirt or tucked into trousers, can conveniently take the place of a jacket.
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In science:

There are the Hilbert spaces on the two legs of the trousers in the spatial topology change case and, in the black hole case, there are the Hilbert space of states inside the horizon and the Hilbert space of states on late time surfaces after the black hole has evaporated.
Generalized Quantum Theory and Black Hole Evaporation
The situation is not so very different from that of the “trousers” spacetime sketched in Figure 1.
Generalized Quantum Theory and Black Hole Evaporation
The relative distortion between the affine parameters t and ˆt, brought about by curved space focusing, gives rise to the trousers shape of a binary black hole horizon.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Figure 3: Trousers shaped event horizon obtained by the conformal model.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Consequently, a causal curve passing through the torus at a given time can be slipped below the bottom of a trouser leg to yield a causal curve lying entirely outside the hole [133].
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Dray, The causal boundary of the trousers space, Class.
Boundaries on Spacetimes: An Outline
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