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Left/right

Posted by Helmetfoot on December 24, 2008 at 10:32

I have heard/read about British gentlemen, when buying a suit, would advise the tailor that they "Dressed Left" or "Dressed Right". Based upon this, the tailor would cut the cloth and make the "left leg" or "right" leg, more spacious so that the tightness of the leg would not display the size or lack of size of the customers manliness (if you know what I mean). Are those phrases correct and are they used in the tailoring business? How did they come into use?