Buff jerkin


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originally, a leather waistcoat; afterward, one of cloth of a buff color.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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A more complete article of defensive armor was a buff jerkin or shirt of great thickness, made of doublings of elk skin, and reaching to the feet, holes being left for the head and arms.
"When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a-groaning with grief and pain, and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides, but, by good luck, I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce."
When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a groaning with grief and pain; and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides; but by good luck I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce.
The translation led to some inspired invention, as in 4.2, when Chris DuVal's determined pantomime of twenty-first century cultural referents for "cop" recovered the lost significance of an officer's buff jerkin, during Dromio's breathless attempt to tell Adriana of her husband's arrest.