trouser

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A pair of trousers.

trouser (plural trousers)

  1. (used attributively as a modifier) Of or relating to trousers.
    trouser leg
  2. (in clothing retail and fashion) A pair of trousers.
    And this is our linen trouser, sir.

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  • Outside the clothing retail and fashion industries, the use of the noun trouser to refer to a pair of trousers is rare, and often considered pretentious.

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trouser (third-person singular simple present trousers, present participle trousering, simple past and past participle trousered)

  1. (transitive, UK, Ireland, informal) To put money into one's trouser pocket; to pocket.
  2. (transitive, UK, Ireland, informal) To legally remove funds from an organization for personal use.
  3. (transitive, UK, Ireland, informal) To secretively steal an item or money for personal use.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIX:
      Your aunt told him to pack Upjohn's bags, and the first thing he saw when he smacked into it was the speech. He trousered it and brought it along to me.

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