keeping the passover phr.
(W.I.) spreading out one’s clothes for an airing.
|‘Capt. Clutterbuck’s Champagne’ in Blackwood’s Mag. 655: Keeping the passover was, however, only a phrase at that time in vogue in Jamaica. It meant spreading out one’s kit or stock of clothes for the purpose of airing them. Its etymology was this: of yore the phrase had been, Holding a Rag Fair, or a Monmouth Street the displays being much like those of the children of Israel. One day, however, it flashed across the brain of an officer, who was a profound orientalist, that there was some historical connection between the passover and old clothes.|