Petticoat government
Petticoat Pet"ti*coat, n. (Zo["o]l.) [Petty + coat.] A loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist. [1913 Webster]

{Petticoat government}, government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs. [Colloq.]

{Petticoat pipe} (Locomotives), a short, flaring pipe surrounding the blast nozzle in the smoke box, to equalize the draft. [1913 Webster]


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  • petticoat government — noun Domination by women • • • Main Entry: ↑petticoat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Petticoat Government — Infobox Book | name = Petticoat Government title orig = translator = image caption = author = Baroness Orczy illustrator = cover artist = country = UK language = English series = genre = Historical novel publisher = Hutchinson Co release date =… …   Wikipedia

  • petticoat government — government by women …   English contemporary dictionary

  • petticoat government — Female government, female home rule …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Petticoat — Pet ti*coat, n. (Zo[ o]l.) [Petty + coat.] A loose under garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist. [1913 Webster] {Petticoat government}, government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs. [Colloq.] {Petticoat pipe} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Petticoat pipe — Petticoat Pet ti*coat, n. (Zo[ o]l.) [Petty + coat.] A loose under garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist. [1913 Webster] {Petticoat government}, government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs. [Colloq.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petticoat — [pet′ē kōt΄, pet′ikōt΄] n. [ME petycote: see PETTY & COAT] 1. a skirt, now esp. an underskirt often trimmed at the hemline as with lace or ruffles, worn by women and girls 2. something resembling a petticoat 3. [Old Informal] a woman or girl adj …   English World dictionary

  • petticoat — ► NOUN 1) a woman s light, loose undergarment in the form of a skirt or dress. 2) (before another noun ) informal, often derogatory associated with women: petticoat government. ORIGIN from obsolete petty coat «small coat» …   English terms dictionary

  • petticoat —    dominated by a female    For the Victorians a petticoat was a female, without expressly sexual overtones:     I can safely say here there is not a petticoat in the whole history. (Haggard, 1885)    It is not necessary to dilate further to… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • petticoat — petticoatless, adj. /pet ee koht /, n. 1. Also called pettiskirt. an underskirt, esp. one that is full and often trimmed and ruffled and of a decorative fabric. 2. any skirtlike part or covering. 3. a flounce or valance fitting around the sides… …   Universalium

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