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corset

[kawr-sit] /ˈkɔr sɪt/
noun
1.
Sometimes, corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.
verb (used with object)
2.
to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
3.
to regulate strictly; constrict.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et -et
Related forms
corsetless, adjective
uncorseted, adjective
well-corseted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well corseted

corset

/ˈkɔːsɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
  2. a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
2.
(informal) a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
3.
a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
verb
4.
(transitive) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
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Word Origin and History for well corseted
corset
c.1300, from O.Fr., dim. of cors "body" (see corps).
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Slang definitions & phrases for well corseted

corset

noun

A bulletproof vest; flak jacket (1920s+ Police & underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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