in drag

in drag

Dressed as member of a different gender, especially in an exaggerated way as part of a performance (e.g. that of a drag queen). I was a little nervous the first time I performed in drag, but I got a great response from the crowd.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in drag

wearing the clothing of the opposite sex. (Usually refers to a man wearing women's clothing.) Two actors in drag did a skit about life on the farm. Gary looks better in drag than he does in a suit.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in drag

Wearing clothes normally worn by the opposite sex, as in All of the actors in the revue were in drag. This expression originally alluded to male actors wearing women's apparel on stage, especially for comic purposes, but also refers to cross-dressing by homosexuals. [Colloquial; c. 1870]
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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.

in drag

mod. wearing the clothing of the opposite sex. (Usually refers to women’s clothing.) Two actors in drag did a skit about life on the farm.
See also: drag
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Sexual masquerade in Canadian film often shows itself in drag, with explicit examples of feminized male characters playing dress-up, from Explosion (1969) to Outrageous!