In Reply to: Great coats off posted by pamela on October 13, 2008 at 03:36:
: : : : : 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
: Where you hear "greatcoats" (and "frockcoats") in Australia is in connection with the goth counter-culture. The standard black greatcoat,lace up Doc Martin boots, black dyed hair and heavy makeup can be seen on our streets even in summer when the average maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). Pamela
"greatcoats" were particularly the overcoats worn by the army 1914-18. "greatcoats off" sounds like an order as to me.
they became part of skin-head attire, along with DM boots, turned up jeans and braces over t-shirts.