A female costume; so called from Mrs. Amelia Bloomer, of New
York, who tried in 1849 to introduce the fashion. The dress consisted
of a short skirt and loose trousers gathered closely round the ankles-
becoming enough to young ladies in their teens, but ridiculous for “the
fat and forty.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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