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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: trouse 'trousers' (14-19 centuries), from Scottish Gaelic triubhas

trousers

noun
     
trou‧sers S2 [plural] especially British English
DCC a piece of clothing that covers the lower half of your body, with a separate part fitting over each leg [= pants American English]
His trousers were slightly too short.
I need a new pair of trousers for work.
trouser adjective [only before noun]
The tickets are in my trouser pocket.

➔ wear the trousers

at wear1 (7)

➔ catch somebody with their trousers down

at catch1 (6)
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