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duds (plural only)

  1. (New England, UK, dated) Clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance.
    • 1890, William Morris, News from Nowhere, in the journal The Commonweal. (First published in book form 1890.)
      I looked at what I could see of my rough blue duds, which I had plenty of opportunity of contrasting with the gay attire of the citizens we had come across; []
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]”
    • 1997, Skiing (volume 50, number 4)
      We were hard-pressed to find anyone who actually skis in these designer duds, but someone's buying the stuff: Hilfiger's ski and boardwear line grosses around $25 million per year []
  2. plural of dud