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breech
used in The Adventures of Augie March

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Definition
rear

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
  • Thea went to get ready for bed and I fell asleep in my breeches and was out for ten hours.
    Chapter 15 (58% in)
  • " The Commissioner, whose health hadn't been good lately, called from bed, "Let's see you, Cholly Chaplin, before you leave," and when Dingbat, looking wronged, and leg-bound in the deforming breeches, stood up to him, he said, colossally amused, "Ee-dyot!
    Chapter 6 (14% in)
  • Thea too traveled with sports equipment—breeches, boots, gun cases, cameras; in the can I had by chance turned on an infra-red bulb that she used for developing films, and in the bathtub were pans with fluid and unfamiliar pipes and gizmos.
    Chapter 14 (18% in)
  • When we came home and she took off her breeches and sat in her out-of-doors shirt with bare legs, she might take up a piece of costume jewelry to fix the clasp and sit like a girl of ten, in a rapt way, her neck bent and knees up, her fingers kind of clumsy.
    Chapter 14 (63% in)
  • Some sight, I guess, since I'm fairly tall and wore that height-increasing hat and whipcord breeches, and, moreover, obviously followed the lead of Thea's beauty and importance.
    Chapter 15 (49% in)
  • What was I doing in breeches and campaign hat down here in Central Mexico if I wanted to be serious about it?
    Chapter 16 (6% in)
  • Next morning I saw her in the garden, in riding breeches and the heavy boots she wore for snaking, thick and sturdy so that fangs couldn't pierce.
    Chapter 17 (50% in)

There are no more uses of "breech" in The Adventures of Augie March.

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