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leg art

noun, Slang.
1.
cheesecake (def 2).

cheesecake

[cheez-keyk] /ˈtʃizˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
Also, cheese cake. a cake having a firm custardlike texture, made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit mixture.
2.
Informal.. Also called leg art. photographs featuring scantily clothed attractive women.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; 1930-35, for def 2; late Middle English chese kake; see cheese1, cake
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British Dictionary definitions for leg-art

cheesecake

/ˈtʃiːzˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
a rich tart with a biscuit base, filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cream, sugar, and often sultanas, sometimes having a fruit topping
2.
(slang) women displayed for their sex appeal, as in photographs in magazines, newspapers, or films Compare beefcake
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Word Origin and History for leg-art

cheesecake

n.

also cheese-cake, mid-15c., from cheese (n.1) + cake (n.). In figurative uses for "soft, effeminate" from 18c. Slang meaning dates from 1934, when a "Time" magazine article defined it as "leg-pictures of sporty females." In its early years this sense of the word often was associated with Marlene Dietrich.

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Slang definitions & phrases for leg-art

cheesecake

modifier

: unless one perceives in cheesecake photographs illicit and limitless pleasures

noun
  1. Photographs and photography of women in clothing and poses that emphasize their sexuality: a magazine full of cheesecake (1930s+)
  2. A woman's legs, breasts, hips, etc: standing on the corner scoping out the cheesecake (1940s+)

[apparently fr the appreciative comments of one or another New York City newspaper photographer at the ocean-liner docks who posed women so that their legs were featured, and pronounced the pictures to be ''better than cheesecake'']


leg art

noun phrase

Pictures of women in clothing and poses that emphasize their sexuality; cheesecake: The magazine was once sought for its leg art (1930s+)


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