One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounNorth American, Scottish
Suspenders for trousers.
- ‘The Scots word for braces, straps supporting trousers from the shoulders, is sometimes spelt ‘galluses’ and is a corruption of the term ‘gallows’, the apparatus for capital punishment by hanging.’
- ‘Here, at one of the Winter Range shoots, this California cowboy has donned a ‘Montana pinch’ hat, bib front shirt, galluses, and an original pair of circa 1890s wooly shotgun chaps, along with his square-toed boots, California-pattern spurs, wild rag, and Colt Peacemaker and frontier-era gunleather.’
- ‘By that time, he had gotten to be very stout and usually wore galluses, but in addressing at hotel at the banquet, he and his wife seemed to be in a hurry and he left off his galluses.’
- ‘Their hats should be creased fore and aft like a fedora, and I don't like exposed galluses.’
- ‘It helped to hide the suspenders, or galluses, which held up the trousers.’
Mid 19th century: plural of gallus, variant of gallows.
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