One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of material long enough to make a dress.
- ‘Some competitions offered other prizes, e.g., for the Best Translation of ‘The Men of the West’ first prize was a suit or dress length of Irish material, presented by Mr. Frank Dorr, Foxford.’
- ‘If you bought a dress length of fabric in pioneer days how much fabric was it?’
- ‘I bought a dress length the other day, and after it was sent home I suddenly decided I did not want it.’
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