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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.
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You crept up the stairs in stockinged feet and as his back was turned, stabbed him with glancing blows and one went through the back of his arm to the front, severing his arterial vessel and spurting vast quantities of blood all over him and you ,and down the stairs as he went to get help.' The judge added, 'I'm quite satisfied the consequences of what you did very shortly hit you and at the time you stabbed Simon, you were fuelled by the fury you had worked yourself up to and had the intention to cause him really serious harm.' She added that their marriage was 'doomed to fail'.
The big man of comedy Greg Davies, star of The Inbetweeners and 6ft 8in in his stockinged feet, presents The Back of My Mum's Head at Warwick Arts Centre tonight and Dudley Concert Hall on Monday.
At 5ft 9ins in her stockinged feet, maybe Katie tired of stooping on the red carpet to spare her diminutive other half 's blushes.
Cardiff Burlesque and Swansea's Bluestocking Lounge organised yesterday's first ever Welsh Burlesque Festival at Cardiff's Guildford Hall which was sold out before any of the performers set a stockinged foot on stage.
Earlier in the week, Albion fans had been warned that if they attended The Hawthorns in "bovver boots" were they would be "ordered to take them off and watch the match in their stockinged feet".
Obama walked in stockinged feet through the prayer room, underneath the dome and across the sprawling courtyard before he walked across to the University of Indonesia for his speech.
Having seen that height was measured 'in stockinged feet' to prevent applicants from simply wearing higher heels, he applied again, to the Royal Military College, Great Marlow, but arrived for his interview wearing cork heels inside his stockings.
When she runs somewhere, she stands behind a smaller screen, where stockinged legs are furiously racing.
His Western Conference side is balanced out nicely, though, by the tallest man on show in Yao Ming, who stands 7ft 6in in his stockinged feet - although given Hardaway's remarks he might be best advised not to try that one out literally.
Cole writes with fully realized stage direction to go with his dialogue--people clap their hands, pivot on stockinged feet, stand for several beats in puddles of pooling water.
With its effete brown trucks and brown stockinged drivers, UPS looks like the same old delivery company it was for decades, but below the surface it is like a corporate iceberg--the bulk of its multifaceted operations loom invisible to the ordinary customer.
As she walks through the house, ceramic tiles feel smooth under her stockinged feet.
For while he means to stop catching glimpses of stockinged thighs (and, on one occasion, a great deal more), the forbidden lust is invariably stronger than his resolve to sin no more and mollify Miss Stark.