(UK Und.) stockings.
|Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: drawers hosen.|
|Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].|
|Martin Mark-all 38: Drawers Hosen.|
|O per se O O2: From thy stampers then remove thy drawers and lets prig in sport.‘Canting Song’|
|Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O2: [as cit. 1612].‘Canting Song’ in|
|Eng. Villainies (9th edn).‘Canters Dict.’|
|Eng. Rogue I 48: Drawers, Stockings.|
|‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Canting Academy (1674) 17: Harmanbecks did never toure / For thee, though Drawers still had loure.|
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Drawers, Hosen.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Drawers Stockings.|
|‘Maunder’s Praise of His Strowling Mort’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 34: [as cit. 1612].|
|Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 205: Drawers, stockings.|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: drawers Stockens.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: Hose – Drawers.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 33: DRAWERS, formerly the ancient cant name for very long stockings; now a hosier’s term.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].|
SE in slang uses
(US) to go slowly, to idle, to dawdle.
|Tucker’s People (1944) 204: Come on, come on, stop dragging your drawers.|
see under drop v.1
see get into someone’s pants under pants n.
(US black) to have sexual intercourse.
|Carlito’s Way 74: Yeah, mother, I got to them drawers.|
see keep your pants on! under pants n.