leg-of-mutton

leg-of-mut·ton

(lĕg′ə-mŭt′n, lĕg′əv-) or leg-o'-mut·ton (lĕg′ə-)
adj.
Resembling a leg of mutton in shape; tapering sharply from one large end to a point or smaller end, as a sleeve or sail.

leg-of-mutton

or

leg-o'-mutton

n
(Clothing & Fashion) (modifier) (of a sail, sleeve, etc) tapering sharply or having a triangular profile

leg′-of-mut′ton

or leg′-o'-mut′ton,



adj.
1. having the triangular shape of a leg of mutton: a leg-of-mutton sail.
2. (of the sleeve of a dress or blouse) full and puffed from shoulder to elbow and then tightly fitted from elbow to wrist.
[1830–40]
References in classic literature ?
Then I removed the sprit, tightly hauling down the peak of the sail, and we raced along under what sailors call a leg-of-mutton.
Think pretty Poet's sleeves, billowing bishop's sleeves and gigot sleeves (also called the leg-of-mutton sleeve).
That commanding pinstripe was seen on chiffon leg-of-mutton sleeves on slim fitting, buttoned-up dresses trailing untied pussy bows, or in wool in a feminine take on the three piece suit.
The painting displays a subtle richness of color in the iridescent salmon-hued leg-of-mutton sleeve of the mother's dress and the delicate fabric clothing of the auburn-haired baby.
Designer Icarius makes bold statement with golden yellow and white jacket with leg-of-mutton sleeves and one oversized lapel, worn over yellow blouse and matching bikini shorts.
LET ME START OUT BY NAILING MY colours to the mast: I'm a lapstrake dory man; leg-of-mutton sail, centreboard and protected waters, Whenever the swell gets above about a half-metre, I'm in the club reading CS Forester or Patrick O'Brian.
Notice there's no mention of traditional trappings such as a fingertip veil, leg-of-mutton sleeve or Princess Diana-style train.
His is an Anglicized, leg-of-mutton realism, not unlike that of Stanley Spencer: the nude is reduced to edible (if still Oedipal) plain food.
About 1815 fashion began moving back to the era of stiff corsets, leg-of-mutton sleeves, and full skirts that developed into the hoop skirt.