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 for 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,
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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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