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Great coats off

Posted by James Briggs on October 08, 2008 at 17:00

In Reply to: Great coats off posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 07, 2008 at 13:28:

: : : 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.?

In the military still, I believe