abandoned habits

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Pun on abandoned(immoral) habit and riding habit(woman's garment for horseback riding).

Noun[edit]

abandoned habits pl (plural only)

  1. (archaic, British slang) The clothing worn for horseback riding by the prostitutes on Lady's Mile in Hyde Park (the carriageway along the northern bank of the Serpentine).

References[edit]

  • Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 1, page 2
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 1, page 3