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Breech, the garment worn by men over the lower part of the body; once not inflected: “that you might ne'er have stolen the b. from Lancaster,” H6C V, 5, 24 (i. e. usurped the authority of your husband). “Breeches:” Gentl. II, 7, 49. Shr. III, 2, 44. John III, 1, 201. H8 I, 3, 31. Lr. I, 4, 190. Oth. II, 3, 93. “though in his place most master wear no --es,” H6B I, 3, 149 (have not the authority due to the husband).
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