It means wearing wellingtons more than high heels.
I had expected the water to perhaps come above my wellingtons - but it came up around my chest.
Every day after school, the youngster grabs her coat, pulls on her wellingtons and takes her furry friends Fuzzy and Flossy for a saunter through Buckley Wood.
They appeared even less interested in ecology than I was, going through the motions in their wellingtons and anoraks, as if they were stood in a draughty lecture theatre rather than in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
The water becomes so deep at the bottom of Castlegate it is out of bounds to pedestrians without waders or wellingtons .
People in wellingtons were out walking their dogs and observing the aftermath of the drama: a park bench shrouded in dark fronds of river weed, a flooded walkway, the ‘trash’ line where the river had reached its highest point.
Each volunteer was kitted out in oil spill clean up attire - waterproof jacket and trousers, white over suit, wellingtons , rubber gloves, protective goggles and face mask.
While Barry loaded muddy wellingtons and overalls into more bin-liners, Michael sprayed the workshop liberally with an aerosol air-freshener.
But for me the term always conjures up childhood memories of rooting about in an old canal in my wellingtons and putting tadpoles in a jam jar.
Wouldn't they be better off with a waterproof coat with a hood and wellingtons ?