galligaskins

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galligaskins (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) large, loose breeches. A fashion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    • 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Rip Van Winkle:
      He was generally seen trooping like a colt at his mother's heels, equipped in a pair of his father's cast-off galligaskins, which he had much ado to hold up with one hand, as a lady does her train in bad weather.

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