"cloth" = uniform

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jul 25 14:45:50 UTC 2008

OED opines (def. 13) that this sense has been dead since 1823, but Rep. Joe Sistak (D.-Pa.) is living proof that it isn't.  He used to be an admiral and just remarked on Fox news that he "wore the cloth of this nation for thirty-one years."

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