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  • noun Plural form of flannel.
  • noun clothing made of flannel; especially trousers


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  • I have such a cute picture of you two tip toeing about in flannels through out that frenzied little scene.

    Of Mice and Men 2007

  • Finally, the men were ready; a somewhat motley crowd – not more than seven or eight in flannels, while the remainder were in ordinary dress, with occasionally riding breeches and leggings to be seen, and not a few football jerseys.

    Mates at Billabong 1911

  • What they saw, was a young man in flannels suddenly throw up his arms, slide into an azalea bush, from this to the balustrade, and finally land on all fours on the narrow strip of beach, a shower of pink petals and crumbling masonry falling about him.

    Jerry Junior 1907

  • He was in flannels, and his shirt had no stud in at the neck, and his hair was all rumpled up and his hands were inky, and we knew he had left off in the middle of a chapter by the wildness of his eye.

    The Wouldbegoods Edith 1901

  • i am in flannels from october - april. sexy, no? vive le pentapus!

    Of Mice and Men 2007

  • Shoddy is derived from waste or rags of pure unmilled woolens, such as flannels, wraps, stockings, and all kinds of soft goods.

    Textiles For Commercial, Industrial, and Domestic Arts Schools; Also Adapted to Those Engaged in Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods, Wool, Cotton, and Dressmaker's Trades

  • Are the species of togs for yours truly, and lick your loose 'flannels' to rags.

    Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896] John S. Farmer

  • The ninth might be as frigid as a Greenland twilight and the tenth as balmy as a Florida noon -- no matter; on the ninth Mr. Hammond wore light underwear and shivered; on the tenth he wore his "flannels" and perspired.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph Crosby Lincoln 1907

  • Upward, in his flannels and corduroy and jersey, looked exactly like what he was: a retired schoolteacher.

    The Captive Mind 2009

  • Claire looked down the line of people walking in groups in their coats and flannels.

    So Much Pretty Cara Hoffman 2011


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