Definitions

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  • n. A lace for fastening stays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lace for fastening stays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A laco used to draw together the parts of a woman's stays in order to give them the form required.

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Examples

  • And, here, the emotions of Mrs Kenwigs became so violent, that Mr Kenwigs was fain to administer hartshorn internally, and vinegar externally, and to destroy a staylace, four petticoat strings, and several small buttons.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • "Don't, my chiel," whispered a buxom staylace dealer in voluminous petticoats, who sat near the woman; "yer good man don't know what he's saying."

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • "Serves the husband well be-right," said the staylace vendor.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • More than that, she got a staylace, and, creeping up to her lord, in great stealth tied the lace in a tight knot to one of his long locks of hair, attaching the other end of the lace to the bedpost; for, being tired herself now, she feared she might sleep heavily; and, if her husband should wake, this would be a delicate hint that she had discovered all.

    A Group of Noble Dames

  • Her chaste drapery was of that revived classic order which the world of fashion was again laying aside to re-assume the medival bondage of the staylace; for New Orleans was behind the fashionable world, and Madame Delphine and her daughter were behind New Orleans.

    Old Creole Days

  • "You frighten me into fits almost; and if you did try to cane me you'd split that coatee of yours all up the back, or break your staylace, or do yourself some mischief, and --"

    Middy and Ensign

  • I have taken to the sofa with my staylace cut, and have lain there hours, insensible, with my head over the side, and my hair all down, and my feet I don't know where -- '

    Great Expectations

  • It consisted -- if you are curious to know -- of pins and needles, and a staylace.

    Verner's Pride

  • Mrs Kenwigs became so violent, that Mr Kenwigs was fain to administer hartshorn internally, and vinegar externally, and to destroy a staylace, four petticoat strings, and several small buttons.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • But I should rejoice to see a staylace from England be thought scandalous, and become a topic for censure at visits and tea-tables.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 Historical and Political Tracts-Irish

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