Green’s Dictionary of Slang

drawers n.

[? their being drawn on and off; the subseq. colloq. use to mean underpants does not materialize until 17C]

(UK Und.) stockings.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: drawers hosen.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 38: Drawers Hosen.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ O per se O O2: From thy stampers then remove thy drawers and lets prig in sport.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O2: [as cit. 1612].
[UK]Dekker ‘Canters Dict.’ Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 48: Drawers, Stockings.
[UK] ‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 17: Harmanbecks did never toure / For thee, though Drawers still had loure.
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Drawers, Hosen.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Drawers Stockings.
[UK]‘Maunder’s Praise of His Strowling Mort’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 34: [as cit. 1612].
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 205: Drawers, stockings.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: drawers Stockens.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: Hose – Drawers.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 33: DRAWERS, formerly the ancient cant name for very long stockings; now a hosier’s term.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].
[UK]Sl. Dict.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

drag one’s drawers (v.)

(US) to go slowly, to idle, to dawdle.

[US]I. Wolfert Tucker’s People (1944) 204: Come on, come on, stop dragging your drawers.
drop one’s drawers (v.)

see under drop v.1

get to the drawers (v.) [abbr. get the drawers off]

(US black) to have sexual intercourse.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 74: Yeah, mother, I got to them drawers.

In exclamations