It's also used a few times in Stephen Fry's Hippopotamus. I'll find the page number and put it up. - rationaltoast.
See Thora Hird's autobiography Nothing Like a Dame page183. Apparently the cloth smelt unpleasant.
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- fustian in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 (def. 2) and at least MWOnline at fustian at OneLook Dictionary Search have this definition. DCDuring (talk) 12:29, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
- OED (online) has "Formerly, a kind of coarse cloth made of cotton and flax. Now, a thick, twilled, cotton cloth with a short pile or nap, usually dyed of an olive, leaden, or other dark colour." and "Inflated, turgid, or inappropriately lofty language; speech or writing composed of high-sounding words and phrases" SemperBlotto (talk) 12:32, 2 June 2017 (UTC)