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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: knickerbockers

knickers

noun
     
knick‧ers [plural]
1DCC British English a piece of women's underwear worn between the waist and the top of the legs [= panties]:
a pair of frilly knickers
2 American EnglishDCC knickerbockers
3

(don't) get your knickers in a twist

British English spoken used to say that someone is upset, or to tell someone not to get upset
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