GARTER, n. [1.] An elastic band intended to keep a woman from coming out of her stockings and desolating the country. [2.] An order of merit established by Edward III of England, and conferred upon persons who have distinguished themselves in the royal favor. Other kinds of public service are otherwise rewarded.
“‘Tis Britain’s boast that knighthood of the Garter
Was ne’er conferred upon a cad or carter;
Well, any thrifty and ambitious flunkey
Can drive a bargain — few can drive a donkey.”
So the proud cynic. Some ensuing dicker
Gave him that pretty bauble for his kicker