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  1. simple past and past participle of hose


hosed (comparative more hosed, superlative most hosed)

  1. (not comparable) Wearing hose.
    • 1833, M[atthew] J[ames] Chapman, Barbadoes, and Other Poems, London: James Fraser, [], page 72:
      Satins and silks and hoséd legs they shew; / Rich streams of cane-distilled nepenthe flow.
    • 1922, Pearl Doles Bell, The Autocrat, New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, page 52:
      “You must know, Estelle dear, that when one’s”—Kathryn paused, then finished maliciously—“hosed legs and feet are half frozen it is no time to consider too rigid conventions.”
    • 1947, Philip Lindsay, The Queen’s Confession, Bath: Cedric Chivers Ltd, published 1971, →ISBN, page 24:
      Bigly built, he looked so foolish in his puffed yellow breeches making his hosed legs seem stalk-like while he pranced and struck himself on the chest and tore the cock-feather out of his round cap and bit it in fury, spit sparkling on the shaven inch of chin between beard and underlip.
    • 1954, Howard Breslin, The Silver Oar, New York, N.Y.: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, page 85:
      She gathered her skirts waist high to reveal slim hosed legs, a flash of pale thighs.
    • 1972, Martha Rofheart, Fortune Made His Sword: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, →LCCN, page 50:
      For this man’s eyes held a strange interest, with contempt under, and dwelt upon my hosed legs, where they met my short surcoat.
    • 1981, Shelby Hearon, Painted Dresses, New York, N.Y.: Atheneum, →ISBN, page 11:
      There were two graying women whose veined hosed legs below gray overcoats straddled shopping bags as they nodded toward one another wordlessly.
    • 1985, Brent A. Pitts, transl., The Fifteen Joys of Marriage (American University Studies, series II (Romance Languages and Literature), volume 26), New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang, →ISBN, page 140:
      A revolution in men's fashions swept through courtly circles around 1340 with the introduction of the "mode nouvelle," tight-fitting outfits with a short waistcoat that left hosed legs and thighs open to view.
    • 1986, David Bodanis, The Secret House: 24 Hours in the Strange and Unexpected World in Which We Spend Our Nights and Days, New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 152:
      These much-abused devices have a noble pedigree, as the contemporary records show that French and English nobles would almost always tuck their hosed legs under such individual TV tables when it was time to eat in their châteaux.
    • 1987, Martha Barron Barrett, God’s Country, New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 67:
      He’s king of all these wigged men sitting with their hosed legs kitty-cornered under their desks.
  2. Ruined, messed up.
    • 2018, Richard Powers, The Overstory, Vintage (2019), page 362:
      “Weʼre having some internal communication issues. In fact, weʼre pretty hosed at the moment.”

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