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silk-stocking district

A section of a city that is dominated by the upper-class. Even if you had the money, you wouldn't want to live in a silk-stocking district—you'd be totally subject to the whims of your wealthy neighbors.
See also: district

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

stock (someone or something) up (with something)

To furnish someone, something, or some place with supplies (of something). We stocked the house up with food, so you should have plenty to eat while we're gone. The kitchen is running low on a few things, but Brady's coming round to stock us up tomorrow.
See also: stock, up

stock up on (something)

To gather, build up, or hoard a supply of something. We stocked up on bottled water and canned goods, so we should be fine during the storm. Don't worry, I've been stocking up on fuel for the past three years for just such an occasion.
See also: on, stock, up

stock (something) with (something else)

To fill something or some place with a store or supply of some commodity. Make sure you stock the bunker with bottled water and non-perishable foods. We try to stock our shelves with produce grown by local farmers wherever possible.
See also: stock

stocking stuffer

A small Christmas gift placed in one's Christmas stocking or given informally. Our gift cards make excellent stocking stuffers! My mom always comes up with the weirdest stocking stuffers. One year she gave me individually wrapped summer sausages!
See also: stocking, stuffer

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

in your ˌstocking(ed) ˈfeet

(old-fashioned) wearing socks or stockings but not shoes: Our feet were too sore to put into shoes, so we walked home in our stockinged feet.
See also: feet, stocking


n. a small gift that is suitable for putting inside a Christmas stocking. I got some little stocking-stuffers for the kids.
References in classic literature ?
Then she replaced her shoes, rolled the cotton stockings together and thrust them into her bag.
The clerk could not make her out; he could not reconcile her shoes with her stockings, and she was not too easily pleased.
Her stockings and boots and well fitting gloves had worked marvels in her bearing--had given her a feeling of assurance, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed multitude.
She tasted a bite, and she read a word or two, and she sipped the amber wine and wiggled her toes in the silk stockings. The price of it made no difference.
It was not every day that that washing-day wind met so fine a lady, and it was charming to see how gently he played about her stockings. "Ah, wind," I said, "evidently you are a gallant born; but tell us the name of the lady.
At all events, it was fairly obvious that, for one reason or another, the wearer of the petticoat and stockings which have now occupied us for perhaps a sufficient number of pages, was a visitor at the cottage.