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Definition: To wear the breeches
, v. t. [imp. Wore
(w[=o]r); p. p. Worn
(w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing
. Before the 15th century
wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared
weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or
clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan,
L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr.
vas. Cf. Vest
1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self,
as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage,
etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to
wear a coat; to wear a shackle.
What compass will you wear your farthingale? --Shak.
On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. --Pope.
2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or
manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
“He wears the rose of youth upon him.”
His innocent gestures wear
A meaning half divine. --Keble.
3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to
consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes
4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition,
scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually;
to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
That wicked wight his days doth wear. --Spenser.
The waters wear the stones. --Job xiv. 19.
5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a
channel; to wear a hole.
6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in
the first essay, displeased us. --Locke.
To wear away
, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy,
by gradual attrition or decay.
To wear off
, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow
decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.
To wear on
or To wear upon
, to wear. [Obs.] ``[I] weared
upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]'' --Chaucer.
To wear out
(a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay;
as, to wear out a coat or a book.
(b) To consume tediously. “To wear out miserable days.”
(c) To harass; to tire. ``[He] shall wear out the saints
of the Most High.'' --Dan vii. 25.
(d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in
To wear the breeches
. See under Breeches
(br[i^]ch"[e^]z), n. pl. [OE. brech, brek,
AS. br[=e]k, pl. of br[=o]c breech, breeches; akin to Icel.
br[=o]k breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch; cf. L.
bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. Brail
1. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs;
His jacket was red, and his breeches were blue.
2. Trousers; pantaloons. [Colloq.]
, in the life-saving service, a pair of canvas
breeches depending from an annular or beltlike life buoy
which is usually of cork. This contrivance, inclosing the
person to be rescued, is hung by short ropes from a block
which runs upon the hawser stretched from the ship to the
shore, and is drawn to land by hauling lines.
, a forked pipe forming two branches united at
, breeches coming to the knee, and buckled or
fastened there; smallclothes.
To wear the breeches
, to usurp the authority of the
husband; -- said of a wife. [Colloq.]