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Smock-frock

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Smock-frock an outer garment of coarse white linen worn over the other clothes in the south of England
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smoc, perh. from A.S. smeógan, to creep into.

Usage

In literature:

There were hardly any black coats or round hats now, but smock frocks, blouses, caps, and bristling and cadaverous heads.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Her present clothes do not enhance her beauty, but in the course of a few weeks she will move into a pink smocked frock.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
Soon after he would issue from his study fresh and vigorous, in a gray smock-frock, and would go up into the zala for breakfast.
"Reminiscences of Tolstoy" by Ilya Tolstoy
An old stiff-legged shepherd, in a smock-frock, was within a couple of hundred yards.
"Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I don't much like living in a cellar and wearing a smock frock; but those concealments have something interesting in them, after all!
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Their pretty, fresh frocks would get crushed between great-coats and dirty work smocks.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
You are not ashamed of putting on a smock-frock?
"Yeast: A Problem" by Charles Kingsley
Men, who had lounged about in smock frocks and leather leggings, came out in silken vests and hats and plumes, as jugglers or mountebanks.
"Ten Girls from Dickens" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
He wore a coarse garment, of ghostly pattern, called a smock-frock.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
I suppose he wouldn't like to come down in a smock frock with a whip in his hand?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 102, Feb. 20, 1892" by Various
In his blue overalls he looked like a miniature ploughman in a smock-frock.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Look at that great lubberly fellow with the queer smock-frock.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
These gentlemen were clothed in cord breeches and high boots, with guernsey smock frocks, in which costume they appeared to live.
"Five Years in New Zealand" by Robert B. Booth
They had on their long smock-frocks, broad-brimmed black hats, and leggings.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
There were country folk then who wore smock-frocks and looked like men in them, too.
"The Secret Glory" by Arthur Machen
I won't have you beat the village children or paint an ass' head on the back of old Brinkmann's smock-frock.
"An Old Story of My Farming Days Vol. III (of III)." by Fritz Reuter
The smock-frocks had gone away from the ground, following the chase; and it was not they who rushed to the rescue.
"The Finger of Fate" by Mayne Reid
A turn in the road brought a lad into view, wearing a smock-frock.
"Trevlyn Hold" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Smock-frocks are going out of use, except for milkers and faggers.
"The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies" by Walter Besant
A smock-frock, say, and the other items of a day-labourer's apparel.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

"The Country-folk are passing near
His tomb—no tale it tells—
Old Ploughmen in their white smock frocks,
Old Women in long scarlet cloaks,
And Lad and Lass,—when on his ear
There faints a sound of Bells!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey