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stay +‎ maker


staymaker (plural staymakers)

  1. Someone who makes stays.
    • 1779, The critical review, or annals of literature[1], volume 48, page 80:
      The author of these Memoirs informs us, that Miss Reay was the daughter of a staymaker near Leicester-Fields; and at the age of fourteen was placed as an apprentice to Mrs. Silver, a mantua-maker, in George's Court, Clerkenwell []
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Her Paine: rebellious Staymaker; unkempt; who feels that he, a single Needleman, did by his 'Common Sense' Pamphlet, free America....
    • 1847, “A soirée in a porter's lodge”, in Chambers's Journal[2], volume 8, page 90:
      The young man bowed, and very politely led the way to a little back parlour, where the staymaker took a seat, and in a very slow and stately manner gave him numberless recommendations concerning the size, colour, and shape of her chaussure.
    • 2009, Lynn Sorge-English, “Constructing Identity: The Staymaker Forms the Lady in Eighteenth-Century Britain”, in Historical Perspectives on Social Identities[3], page 79:
      This entry from the diary of Richard Viney, Staymaker, is one of many in which he mentions the physicality of staymaking in the same breath with sociability with his clients.

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