One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coloured flannel shirt, as worn by workers in the bush.‘he wore a dirty torn Crimean shirt’
- ‘We were pretty fussy with our clothes, no flannel Crimean shirts and dungarees for us.’
- ‘His Crimean shirt was torn into ribbons.’
- ‘The rough guernsey or dark Crimean shirt is almost the only wear.’
- ‘He wore a Crimean shirt, and a hat like a stage cowboy.’
- ‘A bushman, in Crimean shirt and moleskins, would clatter over the stony road and dismount before the inn.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of the Black Sea peninsula, probably with reference to the warmth of the material.
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