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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 A "bib" and a "tucker" are now-outdated clothing embellishments.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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

all tuckered out

Very tired. After a day at the amusement park, the kids were all tuckered out and fell asleep in the car on the way home.
See also: all, out, tucker

*(all) tuckered out

Rur. tired out; worn out. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Poor John worked so hard that he's all tuckered out. Look at that little baby sleeping. She's really tuckered out.
See also: out, tucker

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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

tucker someone out

to tire someone out. All this work has tuckered me out. The heavy work tuckered the staff out early in the day.
See also: out, tucker

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either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives.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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

tuckered out

Exhausted, very tired, as in I was all tuckered out after that game. The precise origin of this usage is not known. [Colloquial; 1820s]
See also: out, tucker

your best bib and tucker

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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

your best bib and tucker

your 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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

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.
See also: and, bib, tucker

tucker out

To make someone weary; exhaust someone: Hiking all day tuckered me out. The long bus ride tuckered out the travelers.
See also: out, tucker

all tuckered out

Exhausted. “Tucker” was a 19th-century New England word for “tire” or “used up.”
See also: all, out, tucker
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The Tuckers will have to go to Maine to get the donkey.
The Tuckers have a Web site with more information about their petting zoo, pony rides and wagon or carriage rides at www.
George Tucker, and the rest of the Tucker family of Virginia long have exercised a special fascination upon historians, students of American literature, political scientists, students of rhetoric, and devotes of the South.
In making Judge Tucker represent the entire planter class of his adopted state and time, Hamilton is entirely successful.
Prosecutors say Tucker deliberately drove into a river as he and Carol returned from a pub meal.
Dad-of-two Tucker, who denies murder, went to Bosnia for six months as a UN military observer in January 1995.
Jim Guy Tucker can well appreciate the business adage that it takes money to make money.
Federal investigators led by Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr have examined the details of how Tucker and his wife obtained money to help amass a fortune during the go-go '8Os.
The stars: Charlie Sheen, Chris Tucker, Paul Sorvino, Heather Locklear, Gerard Ismael, Elise Neal.
A year later, by April 1986, the Tuckers reported notes payable of just $112,226.
The Tuckers reported a steady increase in total income through the mid-'80s.
With a doctor's referral a few days later, Tucker took her daughter to a pediatric opthamologist, who took one look and ordered Tucker to drive immediately to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in Hollywood.
We can come to church and still not know God," Tucker thunders, his cadence stressing "God," which he majestically gives two syllables.
Tucker also tests all of its gloves to meet or exceed standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and CE Certification (European Safety Standard).
To receive NSF Certification, Tucker oven mitts were laboratory tested, and shown to comply with all requirements of NSF Protocol P149: Oven Mitts used in Commercial Food Service.