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blue gown

1. A prostitute. The phrase derives from the blue gowns that convicted prostitutes once had to wear in houses of correction. Those poor blue gowns will have nowhere to turn when they're released, and most likely will end up here again.
2. A licensed beggar in Scotland (who traditionally wore a blue gown). If you don't take this job, you're going to end up a blue gown, begging on the streets!
See also: blue, gown

cap and gown

The mortarboard and robe traditionally worn during academic ceremonies, especially graduation. All graduates need to be here in cap and gown at 9 AM tomorrow.
See also: and, cap, gown

cap and gown

the academic cap or mortarboard and the robe worn in formal academic ceremonies. We all had to rent cap and gown for graduation. I appeared wearing my cap and gown, but I had shorts on underneath because it gets so hot at that time of year.
See also: and, cap, gown


the relations between a town and the university located within the town; the relations between university students and the nonstudents who live in a university town. (Usually in reference to a disagreement. Fixed order.) There is another town-and-gown dispute in Adamsville over the amount the university costs the city for police services. There was more town-and-gown strife reported at Larry's Bar and Grill last Saturday night.

cap and gown

Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown. For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, cap, gown

town and gown

The inhabitants of a college or university town and the students and personnel of the college, as in There used to be friction between town and gown but the new parking lots have eased it . The gown in this expression alludes to the academic robes traditional in British universities. [Early 1800s]
See also: and, gown, town

town and gown

non-members and members of a university in a particular place.
The gown is the academic dress worn by university members, now required only on ceremonial or formal occasions. The distinction between town and gown was made in these specific terms in early 19th-century Oxford and Cambridge, but the traditional hostility between the native inhabitants of the two cities and the incoming students has been a long-standing phenomenon, as is evidenced by the St Scholastica's Day riot in Oxford in 1354 .
See also: and, gown, town


Relations between a college and the municipality in which it is located. Students at British universities and boarding schools were fond of playing pranks on the inhabitants of the cities and towns where the schools were. However, not all the “pranks” were pranks: drunken carousing, theft, arson, and other crimes were done under the guise of boyish high spirits. These uneasy relations between town and “gown” (students wore academic robes, as in “cap and gown”) happened in this country too, and there are still times when a mayor and a college dean meet to try and smooth ruffled feathers.
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At the WCBF, cleanroom workers received training in the new gowning procedures as part of their annual aseptic gowning qualification.
However, the WCBF found that this new approach to sterile gowning can help improve the gowning process, reduce opportunities for operator error, and minimize the risk of contamination-providing a strong incentive for switching.
To test the hypothesis that the doctor-patient relationship may be compromised by the presence of a "barrier" gown, the effects of gowning status on physician trust were estimated.
Further, the two items added to the Trust in Physician Scale (directly assessing patients' attitudes toward gowning) revealed no statistical differences with regard to patient gowning status.
In the second stage of the analysis, the extent to which other variables might affect the relationship between gowning status and physician trust was examined.
Interaction terms: Gowning status by first visit to clinic; gowning status by first visit with physician; sex of physician by duration of visit.
The following variables were initially included in the analysis: First visit to facility; first visit with doctor; patients' years of education; gowning status; patient race; sex of physician; patient sex; patient age; and duration of visit (time in minutes).
The second question under study of whether gowning patients before the physician's arrival in the examination affects the overall duration of the clinic visit.
The primary objectives of this study were to analyze potential effects of gowning practices on the doctor-patient relationship as well as the duration of clinic visit.