(UK prison) by meton., a prison sentence.
|Illus. Police News 13 July 3/3: He first denied the charge, but on the three witnesses identifying him said, ‘I suppose this means the “knickers” (slang for convict’s breeches) for me’.|
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 10: I tink I will be wearing de ‘lag knickers’ for tree years.|
by meton., a term of imprisonment.
|Shades of the Prison House n.p.: They had prophesied that I should get knickers and stockings, by which they meant a lagging [DU].|
one who steals from washing lines; by ext. a small-time petty criminal.
|Signs of Crime 172: Bandit A term sometimes used ironically in conjunction with other words, e.g., [...] ‘knickers bandit’ – clothes line thief.|
(UK prison) to get penal servitude.
|Phenomena in Crime 255: Getting the knickers. Penal servitude, so called because convicts once wore knickerbocker suits.|
SE in slang uses
to panic, to behave hysterically.
|‘First Impressions’ on Casualty FanFic [Internet] Some lunatic nurse dashing through the department as though her knickers were on fire!|
see bore the pants off under pants n.
a phr. used to indicate the speaker’s inability to believe an extremely unlikely story.
|DSUE (8th edn) 242/2: C.20.|
|Maledicta IX 195: This article and series devoted to sexual slang would be incomplete without some notice of catch phrases, both British and American: […] you come home with your drawers torn and expect me to believe you found the money.|
see get into someone’s pants under pants n.
1. to become excessively agitated over a problem or situation, to worry to extremes; thus don’t get your knickers in a twist, stop getting so worried; knicker-twisting, agonizingly worrying; thus used with other garments (e.g. cit. 1995) (cf. get one’s tits in a twist under tit n.2 ).
|Chartered Mechanical Engineer 9 15/2: British management are already reluctant enough not to take too many risks without Mr Hutchins ‘daring’ them to DIY-QC: at least if they get their 'Knickers in a twist' the exercise will not break them.|
|Pigeon Racing News 25 6: Wasn’t trying to steal your glory. mates, just got me knickers in a twist after the New Year celebrations.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 122: Don’t get your knickers in a twist darling.|
|Dead Butler Caper 65: ’I’ve come over all of a flutter.’ ‘Don’t get your knickers in a twist,’ I said.|
|Snake 35: Ach, come on Kip – what’s got your Tampax in a twist?|
|Minder [TV script] 54: Don’t get your knickers in a twist.‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in|
|Botanist at Bay 38: Now don’t get your underwear in a twist, princess.|
|Permanent Midnight 247: Don’t get your turban in a twist, pal.|
|It Was An Accident 232: Always the same, never expected any rubbish and never got it. No need to get your knickers twisted.|
|Indep. Rev. 24 Aug. 2: Poor John does get his knickers in a twist!|
|Bug (Aus.) 25 Aug. [Internet] If you’re wondering why I’m swearing so much at the good referee, I’m hoping he’ll get his knickers in a knot and give me the big ten.|
|Guardian Weekend 26 Feb. 3: Bill Clinton, who got his frillies in a real twist recently.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 97: We’re fine, so what the fuck? You got your panties up your crack over nothing!|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 9: I didn’t want her making a scene. [Ibid.] ‘Don’t get yer panties in a bunch,’ I said.|
|Sun. Wife 76: Don’t get your panties in a wad.|
|Sucked In 94: No point in getting our underwear in an uproar. Like the man said, it’s still provisional.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] Let’s not get our panties in a bunch about tomorrow.‘Jungle Boogie’ in|
|Killing Pool 25: Too fucking thingio, the tart — always getting her knickers in a twist over this, that and the other.|
|Mail & Guardian Online (Johannesburg) 12 Feb. [Internet] Swaziland’s chief legal adviser has his knickers in a knot over a ‘threat’ posed to the patriarchal kingdom.|
2. to make a mistake, to be under a misapprehension, to ‘get the wrong end of the stick’.
|DSUE (8th edn) 652/2: since late 1960s.|
see under eat v.
to be quiet, to stop talking, esp. as imper.
|All Night Stand 19: ‘Shut your knickers,’ he said.|
see wet one’s pants under pants n.
see keep your pants on! under pants n.