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breech
used in Henry VIII

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Most commonly used today in the phrase breech birth in reference to a baby who comes out of the birth canal butt-first rather than head-first.

More-archaic senses seen in classic literature include:
  • breechcloth — a form of loincloth consisting in a strip of material passed between the thighs and held up in front and behind by a belt or string
  • breeches — pants
  • a cannon's breech — the rear of a gun
  • They must either, For so run the conditions, leave those remnants Of fool and feather that they got in France, With all their honourable points of ignorance Pertaining thereunto, as fights and fireworks, Abusing better men than they can be, Out of a foreign wisdom, renouncing clean The faith they have in tennis and tall stockings, Short blist'red breeches, and those types of travel, And understand again like honest men, Or pack to their old playfellows.
    1.3 — Act 1 Scene 3 — An ante-chamber in the palace (46% in)

There are no more uses of "breech" in Henry VIII.

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