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(one's) best bib and tucker
One's dressiest or most formal attire. A "bib" and a "tucker" are outdated clothing embellishments. Be sure to wear your best bib and tucker to the gala tonight. You can't wear jeans to a restaurant like this—you need to wear your best bib and tucker! Look at David in his best bib and tucker! So handsome!
An initialism of "brought in by," used in medical settings as shorthand to identify who brought the patient in to a hospital, clinic, physician, etc. Patient is aged 25. BIB father. Cause of illness/injury is unknown.
poke (one's) bib in
To involve oneself in an intrusive or nosy manner into something that is not one's business or responsibility. Primarily heard in Australia. I wish my neighbors would quit poking their bibs in and just leave us alone! Liam, don't poke your bib in your brother's affairs—he can manage well enough on his own.
stick (one's) bib in
To involve oneself in an intrusive or nosy manner into something that is not one's business or responsibility. Primarily heard in Australia. I wish my neighbors would quit sticking their bibs in and just leave us alone! Liam, don't stick your bib in your brother's affairs—he can manage well enough on his own.
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one's best bib and tucker
Rur. one's best clothing. I always put on my best bib and tucker on Sundays. Put on your best bib and tucker, and let's go to the city.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives.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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
stick your bib inor
poke your bib inAUSTRALIAN, INFORMAL
If someone sticks their bib in or pokes their bib in, they interfere in a situation or an argument. I wish he wouldn't keep sticking his bib in. Note: You can also say that someone sticks their bib into something. They want to limit the right of unions to stick their bibs into disputes where none of their members is actually involved.
your best bib and tuckerOLD-FASHIONED
If you are wearing your best bib and tucker, you are wearing very smart, formal clothes. The conference guests all turned up on time in their best bib and tucker. Note: In the past, a `bib' was the part of an apron which covered the chest. A `tucker' was a decorative part of a woman's dress, covering her neck and shoulders.
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your best bib and tuckeryour best clothes. informal
Bib and tucker originally referred to certain items of women's clothing. A bib is a garment worn over the upper front part of the body (e.g. the bib of an apron), and a tucker was a decorative piece of lace formerly worn on a woman's bodice.
stick (or poke) your bib ininterfere. Australian & New Zealand informal
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your best bib and ˈtucker(humorous) your best clothes that you only wear on special occasions: Bill put on his best bib and tucker and booked a table at a top restaurant for a romantic dinner.
Bib and tucker are both items of clothing worn in the past.
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best bib and tucker, one's
Dressed in one’s finest clothes. A tucker was an ornamental piece of lace worn by women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to cover the neck and shoulders. A bib was either a fancy frill worn at the front of a man’s shirt or an actual formal shirt front. Their pairing with best dates from the mid-eighteenth century. The word bib appeared in print in America in 1795: “The old gentleman put on his best bib and band [i.e., collar]” (The Art of Courting, Newburyport, Massachusetts). A later locution, dating from the mid-nineteenth century, is one’s Sunday best, also known as Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. It refers to an era when one’s finery was reserved for church (or “prayer meeting”). These Americanisms sound archaic today. See also gussied up.
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