witches' knickers

Discussion in 'Dictionary Additions' started by panjandrum, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Term: witches' knickers

    Your definition or explanation: Plastic shopping bags that have been discarded or have blown from waste sites become caught in trees, hedges and fences. Windblown, they become shredded.

    Yes, the tax is one that you are encouraged to avoid: it was introduced primarily to decrease the number of bags littering our country, especially the "witches' knickers" that get caught in fences and trees, rather than to raise money.

    One or more places you have seen the term: Irish Times, 2 September 2006

    Have you looked for this term or meaning in dictionaries, and not found it? Yes

    See also:
    tundra ghost
    Witches' knickers
  2. jfrizzy New Member

    the term seems too wonderfully descriptive to just be assigned to stray shopping bags.

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