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    in full feather

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Will you fellows come along and have lunch with me? Last week I had a splendid day at the races, so Im in full feather at present.

    in full feather = be in cash


    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: in full feather

    Hello,

    It's not an expression that's current, and I honestly can't ever remember hearing it. Being in 'full feather' means being in one's best clothes.

    I'd therefore argue that its usage in the sentence is illogical since I'd hope that the subject was already in their best clothes before their day at the races started. The fact of being in best clothes is independent of success or otherwise at the races.

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    Re: in full feather

    Hi Richard1,

    Thank you for your kindness.

    I agree with you but at the same time I continue to stick to my own in my original post above..

    Deuce of a time since he had dined in full fig! (J. Galsworthy, “Caravan”)

    Annabella was at the ball in full feather.

    in full feather = all dolled up, dressed to kill,

    Dowley was in fine feather, and I early got him stared… (M. Twain, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”)

    in fine feather = in formal wear, in evening dress

    V.

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