Definition of garter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrtər//
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  1. 1a band, usually made of elastic, that is worn around the leg to keep up a sock or stocking
  2. 2(North American English) (British English suspender) a short circle of elastic for holding up a sock or stocking
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French gartier, from garet ‘bend of the knee, calf of the leg’, probably of Celtic origin.Idioms
    have somebody’s guts for garters
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    (British English, informal) to be very angry with somebody and punish them severely for something they have done She’ll have your guts for garters if she ever finds out.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: garter