One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long gaiter or legging worn to keep stockings or trousers clean, especially when riding.
- ‘The spatterdashes date from 1748 when the Artillery wore them for the first time in any British Corps.’
- ‘Trousers and spatterdashes replaced breeches and gaiters for field service.’
- ‘Under hot, dry conditions the spatterdash should be wetted to ensure satisfactory hardening.’
- ‘Fabric spats, or spatterdashes, were worn over walking shoes around the turn of the 20th century.’
- ‘Canvas spatterdashes with full canvas feet and a leather sole were called ‘mud boots.’’
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