I have occasionally heard the word "pantywaist" used as a derogatory adjective, often to describe a "liberal".
Why "pantywaist"? I like pantywaist, which I take to refer to the waistband of knickers, because in my experience contingency promises excitement.
Will.
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I have occasionally heard the word "pantywaist" used as a derogatory adjective, often to describe a "liberal". Why "pantywaist"? I like pantywaist, which I take to refer to the waistband of knickers, because in my experience contingency promises excitement.

It's a derogatory term for someone who is seen as effeminate or a sissy. So it doesn't directly mean "liberal" but those who dislike liberals sometimes categorise them as weak or sissy because of the views they hold.
I believe a pantywaist (panty-waist) was originally a garment made by attaching a top undergarment (BrE "vest") to underpants.
John Dean
Oxford
I believe a pantywaist (panty-waist) was originally a garment made by attaching a top undergarment (BrE "vest") to underpants.

After moving back to the UK, following a couple of years overseas, I managed to create an extraordinary stunned silence in my new workplace by commenting out loud that I was finding my shirt-tail annoying because I kept having to tuck it back into my pants. I have yet to work out a phrase that I could use to equal effect were I ever to find myself working in the States; I don't think that I can work any magic with "vest", unfortunately.

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I believe a pantywaist (panty-waist) was originally a garment made by attaching a top undergarment (BrE "vest") to underpants.

After moving back to the UK, following a couple of years overseas, I managed to create an extraordinary stunned silence ... ever to find myself working in the States; I don't think that I can work any magic with "vest", unfortunately.

Tell them that, when the weather gets cold, you plan to wear a jumper to the office.
Fran
I believe a pantywaist (panty-waist) was originally a garment made by attaching a top undergarment (BrE "vest") to underpants.

After moving back to the UK, following a couple of years overseas, I managed to create an extraordinary stunned silence ... ever to find myself working in the States; I don't think that I can work any magic with "vest", unfortunately.

Just tell them that you like the American office better because there's no faffing off in the workplace.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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I believe a pantywaist (panty-waist) was originally a garment made by attaching a top undergarment (BrE "vest") to underpants.

After moving back to the UK, following a couple of years overseas, I managed to create an extraordinary stunned silence ... ever to find myself working in the States; I don't think that I can work any magic with "vest", unfortunately.

Wife was an only child. When Son was born, I had to explain to her in strong terms that under no circumstances was she to tuck his vest (=US undershirt) or shirt into his pants (=US underpants). Ever.

Yesterday, I was trying on a new wet suit and wondered if it would work with a thin t-shirt underneath, as well as the swimming trunks I usually wear. Wife suggested that it would be easier to zip up if the t-shirt were tucked into the trunks. I was incapable of even trying it out.

David
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After moving back to the UK, following a couple of ... think that I can work any magic with "vest", unfortunately.

Wife was an only child. When Son was born, I had to explain to her in strong terms that under ... easier to zip up if the t-shirt were tucked into the trunks. I was incapable of even trying it out.

Perhaps we should swap: over the years both Son and I have spent quite a lot of time suggesting to Husband that he should untuck.

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Andrew Gwilliam put finger to keyboard in this fashion: Wife ... the trunks. I was incapable of even trying it out.

Perhaps we should swap: over the years both Son and I have spent quite a lot of time suggesting to Husband that he should untuck.

I can't even bear to think about it.

David
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Perhaps we should swap: over the years both Son and I have spent quite a lot of time suggesting to Husband that he should untuck.

I can't even bear to think about it.

You weren't hot on John Major, then?

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