plimsoll

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From Samuel Plimsoll, a Bristol merchant.

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plimsoll (plural plimsolls)

  1. (UK) A rubber-soled lace-up canvas shoe for sports or onboard ships; a precursor of trainers.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 13, Well Tackled![1]:
      “Yes, there are two distinct sets of footprints, both wearing rubber shoes—one I think ordinary plimsolls, the other goloshes,” replied the sergeant.

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