1(also knickerbockers)North American Loose-fitting trousers gathered at the knee or calf.
- ‘The RSS has been advised to switch over to trousers, abandoning its trademark khaki knickers.’
2British Short underpants worn by women or girls.‘She stripped down to her knickers and bra and crawled into the other bed.’
- ‘You can never have too many pairs of knickers, so why not just pack the lot ? ’
- ‘They're my favourite knickers!’
- ‘A matching purple bra and knicker set’
- ‘We even looked down the back of the sofa and in the knicker drawer’
- get one's knickers in a twist
Become upset or angry.
- ‘The Tories have really got their knickers in a twist over this.’
- ‘It's been accused of rampant misogyny but the men are so pitiful and the show so unfunny that I won't be getting my knickers in a twist about the sexism.’
- ‘Masts can be disguised or even concealed completely so there is nothing unsightly for members of the local planning committee or Civic Society to get their knickers in a twist about.’
- ‘So for heaven's sake, let's not get our knickers in a twist about it.’
- ‘The reason I got my knickers in a twist over this story is that these guys are cheerfully ploughing ahead with a programme based on severely flawed technology.’
- ‘Ok, now don't get your knickers in a twist, I know it's a good game, but it seems to me that a lot of people say a lot of stupid things when they're talking about the Super Bowl.’
- ‘She's got her knickers in a twist about something.’
- ‘Before you get your knickers in a twist this is not my opinion.’
- ‘Why is the Department of Health getting its knickers in a twist about STIs?’
- ‘But the former first lady didn't get her knickers in a twist.’
Late 19th century (in the sense ‘short trousers’): abbreviation of knickerbockers (see knickerbocker).
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