or Hifaluten. Tall talk. (Dutch, verlooten,
“The genius of hifaluten, as the Americans call it ... has received
many mortal wounds lately from the hands of satirists. ... A quizzical
Jenkins lately described the dress of a New York belle by stating that
`she wore an exquisite hyphaluten on her head, while her train was
composed of transparent fol-de-rol, and her petticoat of crambambuli
flounced with Brussels three-ply of A No. 1.” —Hingston: Introduction to Josh Billings.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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