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Petticoat government

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Petticoat government government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Petticoat government government by women, either at home or in the state
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Petty + coat.

Usage

In literature:

He's beyond petticoat government already: by God!
"Agnes Grey" by Anne Bronte
Mr. Calton seized the hand of the petticoat-governed little man, and vowed eternal friendship from that hour.
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
He stroked his mustache, and returned to his petticoat government.
"Little Novels" by Wilkie Collins
To tell the truth, petticoat government was wearing on him.
"Cap'n Eri" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I've no idea of being under petticoat government, it is not the way with the Hazeldeans.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
What a wonderful solution to life's enigma there is in petticoat government!
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
He telegraphed to me that a conspiracy was afloat to enact a kind of petticoat government.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 9, May 28, 1870" by Various
Instantly petticoat government became a possibility.
"Punchinello, Vol. 2, No. 29, October 15, 1870" by Various
See how I live when I am not under petticoat government.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
If we are to believe du Maurier's art England is a petticoat-governed country.
"George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians" by T. Martin Wood
He is afraid of petticoat government, and fears that he will lose some of his precious liberty.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
I am under petticoat-government here.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
The old man was a jackanapes, or, as the saying goes, under petticoat government.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
Surely he is of an age, now, to go his own way without petticoat government.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
It isn't well, even for a dog, to be under such petticoat government as that; it spoils him.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
You're right; you might as well be under the Devil's government as petticoat government; you're perfectly right there.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
There was no other symptom of petticoat government in that large low room.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
I'm not going to be under petticoat government all my life.
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
I am under petticoat government here.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
The major was not a person subject to petticoat government.
"Throckmorton" by Molly Elliot Seawell
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