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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAILOR

Yea, like a woman, who deems a man safest when he is a tailor, or a perfumer.

He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.

Hart Schaffner and Marx had not yet become rural America's tailor.

A suit of this kind should be as irreproachable in fit and finish as a tailor can make it.

He had been a tailor in his time, and had kept a phaeton, he said.

It was quite dark when he entered the High Street, and the tailor's shop was closing.

And all the better, I dare say, for the thrashing he got when a youngster, from the Vermont tailor.

Poor proud girl, she gave orders to the tailor to make it so.'

And, pray, direct the tailor to make yours the height of the fashion.

Madame Boche was going to a tailor who was late in mending an overcoat for her husband.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes," from Late Latin taliare "to split," from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff, a cutting, twig," on the notion of a piece of a plant cut for grafting.

Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, cf. slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.

Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); originally "heavy and plain," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.

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