stocking feet

in (one's) stocking(ed) feet

Wearing only one's socks or stockings, but not one's shoes. I had just run out to grab the newspaper, but the door locked behind me. Now I'm stuck outside in my stockinged feet!
See also: feet

stocking feet

Wearing socks or stockings, but not shoes, as in I got locked out of the house in my stocking feet. [First half of 1800s]
See also: feet, stocking
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He had replaced his parka with his fur cap and blanket-cloth coat, kicked off his frozen moccasins, and was dancing in his stocking feet.
And for the rest of the night he danced on in his stocking feet, and at five in the morning, rapping thunderously on the door of his new partners' cabin, he could be heard singing the song that had given him his name:--
He followed Rosa in his stocking feet, walking on tiptoe.
I took off my shoes when I gained the forecastle head, and went noiselessly aft in my stocking feet.
But the whole effect is spoiled when I look at them - at Tetralani, five feet ten in her stocking feet and weighing a hundred and ninety pounds, and at Barillo, a scant five feet four, greasy-featured, with the chest of a squat, undersized blacksmith, and at the pair of them, attitudinizing, clasping their breasts, flinging their arms in the air like demented creatures in an asylum; and when I am expected to accept all this as the faithful illusion of a love-scene between a slender and beautiful princess and a handsome, romantic, young prince - why, I can't accept it, that's all.
She knew a small side door which she could unbolt herself and she flew downstairs in her stocking feet and put on her shoes in the hall.
For the first time they would be alone together indoors, and they would sit there, one on each side of the stove, like a married couple, he in his stocking feet and smoking his pipe, she laughing and talking in that funny way she had, which was always as new to him as if he had never heard her before.
Seeling, in turn, didn't have to stand on a cold floor in his stocking feet, emptying his massive camera case while trying to explain to a Transportation Safety Agent the need for a two-foot long, coiled cord.
Clear plastic bags for toiletries became a feature of airport security, which we negotiated in stocking feet, having removed shoes for scanning.
High heels, sandals, slippers and stocking feet can be a catalyst for falling.
She was about 5ft in her stocking feet and arrived one day with a parcel bigger than her.
of snow outside, my stocking feet and no key to get back into the house, I decided against it.
Some, like my good friend Dwight Schuh, often remove their boots and make the final approach in their stocking feet.
In a bravura pre-credits sequence we saw the slightly squiffy DC Dinah Kowalska cabbing it home from a do, literally kicking her boyfriend to the kerb following an argument en route, before giving chase in her stocking feet to a murder suspect she'd just spied in her peripheral.