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  • noun Plural form of stay-lace.


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  • Just as the priest enters, her earrings fall to the floor and her stay-laces burst.

    A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs Josiah Henry Combs 1923

  • ” “Good things, pretty things, she answered; “stay-laces of all colours, ” and she pulled out one which was woven of bright-coloured silk.

    Little Snow-White 1909

  • The shopman might just as well have offered straps and stay-laces to the population around him.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War Lewis Hough 1899

  • He seemed to contemplate a possible fainting-fit, and, remembering his novels, the necessity of cutting stay-laces, a task better left to women.

    Tristram of Blent An Episode in the Story of an Ancient House Anthony Hope 1898

  • She laughed again, adding, "Really I was expecting Dick Benyon to propose to cut your stay-laces."

    Quisanté Anthony Hope 1898

  • Why, I remember the Miss O'Flahertys, Lord Dunshanbo's daughters, when I was a little girl; and 'twas faintin 'on the floor they were every other minute and everyone havin' to run and cut their stay-laces.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan 1896

  • They've no stay-laces to cut, so they don't go faintin 'away.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan 1896

  • With a ringing laugh she crossed the dressing-room towards the doctor, dragging with her Madame Michon, who was holding on to her stay-laces as though they were reins, with the look of a sorceress being whisked away to a witches 'sabbath.

    A Mummer's Tale Anatole France 1884

  • Mr. Furze unfastened his wife's gown and stay-laces, and gave her a stimulant.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford 1872

  • Her bodice was of tar-brown skin, and beneath her stay-laces, which seemed to be of green sea-grass, was a foam-white chemise, like the feathery breast of a sea-bird.

    Weird Tales from Northern Seas Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie 1870


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