to dust one's jacket


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jacket \Jack"et\, n. [F. jaquette, dim. of jaque. See 3d Jack,
   n.]
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   1. A short upper garment, extending downward to the hips; a
      short coat without skirts.
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   2. An outer covering for anything, esp. a covering of some
      nonconducting material such as wood or felt, used to
      prevent radiation of heat, as from a steam boiler,
      cylinder, pipe, etc.
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   3. (Mil.) In ordnance, a strengthening band surrounding and
      re["e]nforcing the tube in which the charge is fired.
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   4. A garment resembling a waistcoat lined with cork, to serve
      as a life preserver; -- called also cork jacket.
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   Blue jacket. (Naut.) See under Blue.

   Steam jacket, a space filled with steam between an inner
      and an outer cylinder, or between a casing and a
      receptacle, as a kettle.

   To dust one's jacket, to give one a beating. [Colloq.]
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