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What is crombie coat idiom meaning? I can't find any answers.

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    Could you post or link where this idiom is used? As a native AmE speaker I have never heard that phrase – katatahito Jun 15 at 9:40
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    I suspect this is referring to abercrombie which appears to be a padded jacket. The existence of Abercrombie & Fitch complicates searching, but it seems to be possible – Andrew Leach Jun 15 at 9:58
  • Hello, Mediator. Are you sure you haven't seen a nonce usage such as 'he was sporting the proverbial Abercrombie'? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 15 at 18:11
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A Crombie Coat is one of range a classic outerwear made by the tailoring company Crombie (founded 1805 according to their website). It's a high quality, high status coat which has been worn by a number of famous people in the past including Winston Churchill, Cary Grant and members of The Beatles.

Crombie are a British tailoring company and have nothing to do with the American retailer Abercrombie and Fitch.

By the way, I found most of this information by googling "Crombie Coat".

  • But OP is asking about a (mooted) associated idiom, not merely the product. Perhaps something along the lines of 'it's built like a Mack' (proverbially solid and reliable). – Edwin Ashworth Jun 15 at 13:03
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    @EdwinAshworth The idiom, if it exists, will be related to the product. It will refer to men who are wealthy and part of the establishment. A bit like talking about 'pinstriped mentality' in the UK or, possibly, 'buttoned down mentality' in the US. – BoldBen Jun 15 at 17:25
  • The question therefore is: Is there a related idiom? If not, the question is invalid. OP does not give any evidence that there actually is such an idiom. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 15 at 18:09

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