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 Knickerbocker (Die’drich).Knife 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Knickerbockers.
 
Loose kneebreeches, worn by boys, cyclists, sportsmen, tourists, etc. So named from George Cruikshank’s illustrations of Washington Irving’s book referred to above. In these illustrations the Dutch worthies are drawn with very loose knee-breeches.   1
 


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