Some claim that it was coined
because the Scottish Ninth Regiment of the
Foot once spent its full monetary allotment for clothing on uniforms;
what four-word cliché is it?
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dressed to the nines
Normally, the officers kept some of the
allotment for themselves, but the Ninth's allotment being completely spent on
uniforms made them the best dressed regiment in the British army.
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