Dick's hatband

   an indication of male homosexuality
   Punning on the crown which the effete Richard Cromwell was unfit to wear in succession to his mighty father, Oliver, and the discoloration:
    Hello, thinks I, he ain't one of the Dick's hatband brigade, surely. (Fraser, 1977, writing in 19th-century style)
   To wear Dick's hatband was to be known as a male homosexual.

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