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silk

a name for the gown worn by Queen's (or King's) Counsel (see BARRISTER), hence to take silk, to become such a counsel.
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The porter, the garcons, the bourgeois, all knew le Colonel Silky, who was now a great man, wore moustaches, and went to court--as the court was.
Colonel Silky was evidently struck with my appearance.
To own the truth, Colonel Silky was delighted with me.
I belong, at present, to Colonel Silky, if that is what you mean; but I presume some fair lady will soon do me the honor of transferring me to her own wardrobe.
By a strange optical delusion the whole sea appeared to rise upon her in one overwhelming heave of its silky surface, where in one spot a smother of foam broke out ferociously.
Ojo noticed one tree, especially, because it had such long, silky leaves and was so beautiful in shape.
Yet all the while his stump of tail valiantly bobbed back and forth, and, when released from such blissful contact, his silky ears flattened back and down as, with first a scarlet slash of tongue to cheek, he seized her hand between his teeth and dented the soft skin with a love bite that did not hurt.
White, a slender, frail little man whose hand seemed strangely cold, as if he were suffering from a chill, and whose whiskers were sparse and silky.
His silky white hair flows over his shoulders; he looks at us with faded blue eyes; he bows with a sad and subdued courtesy, and says, in the simplest manner, "I bid you welcome, gentlemen, to my house.
One day Razumov, coming in by appointment, found a stranger standing there-- a tall, aristocratic-looking Personage with silky, grey sidewhiskers.
Razumov got into the habit of referring mentally to the stranger with grey silky side-whiskers.
The foam felt pleasantly silky and so did my skin - at first.