One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A knee-length waterproof rubber or plastic boot.
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- ‘Each volunteer was kitted out in oil spill clean up attire - waterproof jacket and trousers, white over suit, wellingtons, rubber gloves, protective goggles and face mask.’
- ‘My wellingtons are strategically placed - half way up the stairs.’
- ‘It means wearing wellingtons more than high heels.’
- ‘Wouldn't they be better off with a waterproof coat with a hood and wellingtons?’
- ‘But for me the term always conjures up childhood memories of rooting about in an old canal in my wellingtons and putting tadpoles in a jam jar.’
- ‘Oh where were the wellingtons that Martin had given me now?’
- ‘The water becomes so deep at the bottom of Castlegate it is out of bounds to pedestrians without waders or wellingtons.’
- ‘They appeared even less interested in ecology than I was, going through the motions in their wellingtons and anoraks, as if they were stood in a draughty lecture theatre rather than in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.’
- ‘I was still wearing my wellingtons and I could tell they were impressed.’
- ‘People in wellingtons were out walking their dogs and observing the aftermath of the drama: a park bench shrouded in dark fronds of river weed, a flooded walkway, the ‘trash’ line where the river had reached its highest point.’
- ‘Every day after school, the youngster grabs her coat, pulls on her wellingtons and takes her furry friends Fuzzy and Flossy for a saunter through Buckley Wood.’
- ‘In wet weather stout boots or wellingtons are essential.’
- ‘If you want to go into the livestock area and look at cattle you must come with wellingtons and protective clothing’
- ‘While Barry loaded muddy wellingtons and overalls into more bin-liners, Michael sprayed the workshop liberally with an aerosol air-freshener.’
- ‘I had expected the water to perhaps come above my wellingtons - but it came up around my chest.’
Early 19th century: named after the 1st Duke of Wellington (see Wellington, 1st Duke of).
The capital of New Zealand, at the southern tip of North Island; population 179,463 (2006). It became the capital in 1865, when the seat of government was moved from Auckland.
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