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 for Stuff gown
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stuff \Stuff\, n. [OF. estoffe, F. ['e]toffe; of uncertain
     origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. stop, v.t.
     Cf. Stuff, v. t.]
     1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of
        manufacture.
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              For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the
              work to make it, and too much.        --Ex. xxxvi.
                                                    7.
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              Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.
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              The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,
              And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill. --Sir
                                                    J. Davies.
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     2. The fundamental material of which anything is made up;
        elemental part; essence.
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              Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience
              To do no contrived murder.            --Shak.
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     3. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind;
        specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or
        worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.
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              What stuff wilt have a kirtle of?     --Shak.
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              It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though,
              superior kinds were of silk exclusively. --F. G.
                                                    Lee.
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     4. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
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              He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
                                                    --Hayward.
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     5. A medicine or mixture; a potion. --Shak.
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     6. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or
        irrational language; nonsense; trash.
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              Anger would indite
              Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write. --Dryden.
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     7. (Naut.) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with
        which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared
        for lubrication.                            --Ham. Nav.
                                                    Encyc.
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     8. Paper stock ground ready for use.
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     Note: When partly ground, called half stuff. --Knight.
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     Clear stuff. See under Clear.
  
     Small stuff (Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. --Ham.
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     Stuff gown, the distinctive garb of a junior barrister;
        hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown, under
        Silk.
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