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Perpendiculars

Parties called crushes, in which persons have to stand almost stationary from the time of entering the suite of rooms to the time of leaving them.

“The night before I duly attended my whether to three fashionable crowds, `perpendiculars' is the best name for them, for there is seldom more than standing room.” —Edna Lyali: Done van, chap. ix.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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