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Great coats off

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 07, 2008 at 13:28

In Reply to: Great coats off posted by RRC on October 06, 2008 at 13:04:

: : I wish to know the meaning and origin of the term "Great coats off" please.

: A great coat is a heavy overcoat. The men were playing in the snow with their great coats off. They had taken off their overcoats.

We don't use the term "greatcoat" here in the U.S., at least not these days. Is it still used in the U.K.?