openwork stocking

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openwork stocking (plural openwork stockings)

  1. (historical) A type of stocking having decorative gaps in the fabric.
    • 1935, Emlyn Williams, Night Must Fall:
      Perhaps one high heel catching the sunlight, with a bird perched on the end of it; and the other – a stockinged foot, with blood . . . that's dried into the openwork stocking.
    • 1942, John Steinbeck, The Moon is Down:
      It was a picture of a girl, all legs and dress and eyelashes, a well-developed blonde in black openwork stockings and a low bodice, and this particular blonde peeped over a black lace fan.