One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Baggy knickers reaching below the knee, worn especially by men for playing golf.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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