One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skirt worn over a series of hoops that make it spread out.
- ‘This will obviously be a mixed blessing; it is my earnest hope that by 2100 the very notion of visiting one's in-laws will have gone the way of the hoop skirt and the dodo bird.’
- ‘As she stepped out of the room, her hoop skirt swishing slightly, she ran into Drew.’
- ‘But no wardrobe disaster can top photographer Martha Swope's experience as an Angel in the 1950s: ‘We wore 25-pound costumes made of felt, and hoop skirts underneath.’’
- ‘One of the great American traditions that has gone the way of hoop skirts and top hats is that of the Fourth of July orator.’
- ‘It fell to the ground in layers, with no petticoat or hoop skirt underneath.’
- ‘My embroidered, velvet hoop skirt was wider and longer than hers, yet she tripped over hers on the stairs and I didn't.’
- ‘She unlatched it and pushed up the sash then she gathered up her large hoop skirt and stepped through the window.’
- ‘All of these entities were once terribly important to the growth of this society, but all have now gone the way of the Model T and the hoop skirt.’
- ‘This was an important occasion and Doremi Bender was dressed in the best clothing she owned - a bright hoop skirt of red silk and velvet, with matching vest over a white Elven-weave blouse.’
- ‘The dress had a hoop skirt, those horrendous things that stick out due to a hoop in the bottom hem of the dress.’
- ‘Enormous magnifying glasses enlarged faces and limbs to funhouse proportions; the women then glided across the stage in silk hoop skirts and were suddenly hoisted onto the men's shoulders.’
- ‘It had been about two years since her arrival and at the time hoop skirts were all the rage, and of course, although only nine years old, I had a great interest in fashion.’
- ‘The skirt was large enough to fit over her hoop skirt and still have a small train too.’
- ‘She could have the barbeque and gala but it would be a modern affair without hoop skirts and without the melodrama.’
- ‘You can almost picture a stern lady in a hoop skirt being helped down from the train, while a porter scurries to take her valise.’
- ‘The chase scene, and Lake's sped-up sprint through a backlot in hoop skirt and bloomers, are pure slapstick.’
- ‘She crossed her legs daintily, smoothing her hoop skirt, and glanced up at me pathetically, locking eyes with me for a moment, then returning to her own set's chatter.’
- ‘I was making faces because I was being asked to wear a hoop skirt.’
- ‘In Self-Portrait, the artist creates a two-headed image of herself dressed in a tent-shaped hoop skirt.’
- ‘She had taken off her large hoop skirt so that it was easier to move around.’
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