neck ruff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n neck ruff a high tight collar
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Usage

In literature:

At the lower part of the neck it wears a black ruff.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
On either side of her bosom, sheer linen, puckered by golden rosettes, mounted to form behind her neck a little ruff.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
We also saw numbers of a species of pigeon with black bills, slate-coloured bodies, and a ruff of white feathers about the neck.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
The ruff round his neck and his broad-toed shoes are also plainly out-of-date.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
The hideous vultures near have scraggy necks, with a ruff round them.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The General went as Rubens, in a Spanish costume, with a little ruff round his neck, a sword by his side, and a stately manner.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
A dirty ruff was around his neck, and on his head he wore a great shapeless hat peaked up in front.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
A pointed head appeared with blazing eyes, with a neck-ruff flaring high.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Round their necks they wore great ruffs, which resembled washing baskets.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
See the large ruff around my neck.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [January, 1897]" by Various
Small ruffs, however, begin to appear at the neck, and most wrists are ruffled.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
He was dressed in loose-fitting clothes, made apparently of yellow satin, and a large white ruff surrounded his neck.
"International Short Stories" by Various
OUTLINE PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST in profile to left; in imaginary costume, with a lace ruff to the neck, and earrings in the ears.
"Aubrey Beardsley" by Robert Ross
High-necked dresses set with a small ruff became general in Mary's reign.
"Dress design" by Talbot Hughes
A kaross of lion's skin was slung about his short but powerful frame, the mane forming a ruff round his huge bull-neck.
"Jasper Lyle" by Harriet Ward
He wore no lace ruff about his thick neck, but only a simple white linen collar.
"The Golden Galleon" by Robert Leighton
Death, with a ruff on his neck, waits at the door, near which is a coffin.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
It had a long beak, staring eyes, brown tufts of feathers on each side of its head, and a large flesh-coloured ruff of feathers round its neck.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
He wore a large stiff ruff about his neck.
"The Mercenary" by W. J. Eccott
She would walk in on her hind legs, a ruff around her neck.
"Little Tony of Italy" by Madeline Brandeis
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In poetry:

I was the rector's son, born to the Anglican order,
Banned for ever from the candles of the Irish poor;
The Chichesters knelt in marble at the end of a transept
With ruffs about their necks, their portion sure.
"Carrickfergus" by Louis MacNeice