nicky-tam

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From knickerbockers (due to the shape that the trouser legs adopt) + taum (a cord).

Noun[edit]

nicky-tam (plural nicky-tams)

  1. A pair of straps or pieces of string tied around the leg below the knee to raise trousers above the level of farmyard dirt.
  2. The same to prevent the ingress of dust and vermin up the trouser leg.
  3. (by extension) A simpleton or country yokel.

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