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  • noun a short sleeveless undergarment for women


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  • The underbodice was fitted silk, with very fine silk chiffon of the exact same shade draped loosely over it, disguising the décolleté neckline, making it seem much less daring.

    The Perfect Lover Laurens, Stephanie 2003

  • Lady Lovejoy, who had some trouble with her underbodice.

    Mrs. Dalloway 2003

  • Full skirt is attached on elastic to china silk underbodice.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

  • She would sit in her underbodice, unhooked of them, sunk softly into herself, her hands stroking her tortured jacket of ribs and her breath flowing deeper.

    Star-Dust Fannie Hurst 1928

  • But, now that the thing has been spoken of, I may as well state that when the medical examination was being made at the mortuary a tiny skull, not bigger than a pea, and made of ivory, was found inside Mrs. Lester's underbodice.

    Number Seventeen 1915

  • He was aware of the irrepressible trembling which shook her slender frame when he spoke of the ivory skull found in Edith Lester's underbodice, and the replica of the same grewsome token sent to Forbes, so suppressed all mention of his own experiences on returning to Innesmore Mansions overnight.

    Number Seventeen 1915

  • Tell me, too, why the same hand which thrust a little ivory skull into the dead woman's underbodice caused a similar token to be delivered to you by this morning's post.

    Number Seventeen 1915

  • Upstairs Hazel coiled her hair, running her fingers through its bright lengths, as she had no comb, and turning in her underbodice to make it suit the low dress.

    Gone to Earth Mary Gladys Meredith Webb 1904

  • Then, slipping two fingers into the aperture, she tore open her lace underbodice.

    The Second Latchkey 1889

  • Jump ` loose jacket; an underbodice 'is, Webster's tells us, probably an alteration of jupe, as is jumper.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2 1991


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