best bib and tucker


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your best bib and tucker

  (old-fashioned, humorous)
the best or most formal clothes that you own We were all dressed in our best bib and tucker for my aunt's wedding.
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best bib and tucker

One's finest clothes, dressed up, as in The men were told to put on their best bib and tucker for the dinner dance. Although wearing either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives. [Mid-1700s] For a synonym, see Sunday best.
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They play a former vaudeville double-act who agree to don best bib and tucker for a TV special.
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Although the Timmins look swanky in their best bib and tucker, the arrival of the police soon lowers the tone.
GLOSSY: Best bib and tucker for a stony-faced Hugh at yet another Versace show in June 1999