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    a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas,what's the meaning of ''be-shellsuited"?

    “a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas”,what's the meaning of ''be-shellsuited"?So please help me .
    The following is the context.
    In one episode of TV series Miranda, a couple of youths walk into her shop.Miranda and her friend Stevie are both terrify to see them.Before saying hello to them,Miranda whispers to Stevie "Look at them, they're like a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas."
    I would very appreciate if you enlighten me on the connotation of this utterance.
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    Re: a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas,what's the meaning of ''be-shellsuited"?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas,what's the meaning of ''be-shellsuited"?So please help me .
    Context might help.
    This is a shellsuit: Rsultats Google Recherche d'images correspondant http://www.thefashionpolice.net/images/2007/09/25/shellsuit.jpg

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    Re: a pack of be-shellsuited hyenas,what's the meaning of ''be-shellsuited"?

    and 'be-' is a prefix that used to be applied to anyone wearing something: 'besuited' = 'wearing a suit'. This is not normally a 'productive suffix' today; you can't just use it on any item of clothing. You can say 'I wear a coat when I'm going shopping',but it would sound very odd to say 'I go shopping becoated'. In this case it's in a a jocular way.

    I'd guess the context was about young women getting drunk in public (and laughing loudly - the call of the hyena is often described as a laugh).

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