One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Baggy knickerbockers reaching below the knee, formerly worn by men for hunting and golf.‘he was dressed for an Edwardian shooting party in a full suit of tweed plus fours’
- ‘He added that more and more businessmen are interested in donning plus fours and participating in a day's shooting.’
- ‘His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, arrived by train overnight, pulled on his plus fours and a beret, grabbed his shooting stick and headed for Carnoustie for the final day of the 1931 Open.’
- ‘Since then he has exhibited worldwide - at overseas exhibitions he plays his Englishness to the hilt by turning up wearing plus fours and a deerstalker.’
- ‘I walked into his office to find him dressed in his plus fours and swinging a nine iron.’
- ‘Several male refugees packed plus fours in the belief that they constituted an essential part of a respectable Englishman's wardrobe.’
1920s: so named because the overhang at the knee required an extra four inches of material.
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