best bib and tucker


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(one's) best bib and tucker

One's dressiest or most formal attire. A "bib" and a "tucker" are now-outdated clothing embellishments. Be sure to wear your best bib and tucker to the gala tonight.
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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either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives.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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Matthew Kelly puts on his best bib and tucker to present the live final of Stars In Their Eyes.
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Carol Vorderman (above) dons her best bib and tucker to present the annual bash.
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They play a former vaudeville double-act who agree to don best bib and tucker for a TV special.
GLOSSY: Best bib and tucker for a stony-faced Hugh at yet another Versace show in June 1999