Top definition. American, also used in some British dialects. Trousers, a bifurcated outer garment covering the body and each leg from waist to ankle. Until the late 20th century traditionally a male garment. To pull down someone's pants trousers. Can be done to either males or females by either males or females. See also depants d Verb. To overpower someone and remove his trousers by force as a humiliation.
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The practical origins of pants
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The fight for pants
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Of all the long controversial topics that are still unsettled in —abortion, immigration, etc. Yet here we are: In March, a federal judge struck down a rule at a North Carolina charter school that prohibited girls at the school from wearing pants. It required them instead to wear skirts, skorts, or jumpers. The reasons that Western societies that is, the men in them have devised for barring women from covering each leg individually have often fallen back on these sorts of appeals to tradition and values. Gayle Fischer, an associate professor of history at Salem State University and author of Pantaloons and Power: A Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States , explained on NPR in that authorities have frequently pointed to the values dictated by the Bible as their justification for reinforcing skirt-wearing. But to women in places such as Europe and the US, they also came to represent power, equality, and freedom from the restrictions—physical, social, and moral—foisted on them.