- 1A woman’s outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs.More example sentences
- After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.
- She was wearing a knee-length dark blue jean skirt with a front slit and a blue backless top.
- Damien felt himself staring, she was wearing a short pleated denim skirt and her bikini.
- 1.1The part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist.More example sentences
- Amy adjusted Sara's coat over the skirt of her blue dress before turning for the scarf.
- Her cerise dress had narrow skirts and large, puffed sleeves.
- Amelia wore pretty dresses with full skirts and small waists with short jackets and fanned pumps.
- 2 [mass noun] • informal Women regarded as objects of sexual desire: so, Sandro, off to chase some skirt?More example sentences
- He was here, with her this very instant, and he wasn't leaving to go chase some skirt.
- He was chasing skirt and snorting booze, hoovering up every kind of sin and excess he could lay his gauntlets on.
- No, he was a skirt chaser of the worse kind.
- 3A surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft.More example sentences
- Sprung armour side skirts protect the wheels and tracks.
- On the outside the 888 has new wheel arches, side skirts, chassis and an odd-looking rear spoiler.
- Side skirts and new alloy wheels complete the changes.
- 4 [mass noun] An animal’s diaphragm and other membranes as food: bits of beef skirtMore example sentences
- Choose lean beef such as topside, silverside or skirt (also known as bavette in Scotland) and ask the butcher to cut the slices as thin as possible.
- 5A small flap on a saddle, covering the bar from which the stirrup leather hangs.More example sentences
- I pulled myself slowly into the saddle, arranging the skirts carefully.
- If the saddle or the blanket is too long at the skirt it too may be rubbing her at the hip bone area.
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- 1Go round or past the edge of: he did not go through the city but skirted itMore example sentences
- If you are walking, you can skirt round the edge of the crag and follow some steps to rejoin the path.
- Kook stood up and skirted the round table till he came to the small black oven that stood behind Taterra.
- He did not have the time to skirt round all the walls looking for a way out.
- 1.1Be situated along or around the edge of: the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattleMore example sentences
- Along the scenic route skirting the rim we stopped at every lookout to gaze at the fantastic scenery.
- We also leased horses and went along a shaded path skirted by a stream.
- One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.
- 1.2 [no object] (skirt along/around) Go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it: the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hillsMore example sentences
- I went out of my way to walk right through a puddle, rather than skirt around it.
- Soon they were skirting along the coast towards Louisburgh as bonfires blazed along the road.
- But the solution does not lie in skirting around the edges of the problem, but rather, diving directly in.
- 2Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with: they are both skirting the issue [no object]: the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperationMore example sentences
- The bill was drafted in an attempt to skirt constitutional concerns.
- He skirts the road-legality issue by informing customers that his bikes are sold for recreation, not transportation.
- Media coverage of hot-button issues usually skirts this aspect of them.
Middle English: from Old Norse skyrta 'shirt'; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th century.