an hourglass figure

an hourglass figure
old-fashioned
the shape of a woman's body if she has a small waist and large breasts and hips

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  • (an) hourglass figure — an hourglass figure old fashioned phrase the shape of a woman’s body if she has a small waist and large breasts and hips Thesaurus: describing a person s muscles and general shapehyponym Main entry: hourglass …   Useful english dictionary

  • hourglass figure — noun A human body shape resembling an hourglass, i.e. with a very narrow waist and wide bust and hips …   Wiktionary

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  • Hourglass corset — The hourglass corset produces a silhouette resembling the hourglass shape: wide bottom, narrow waist (wasp waist), wide top.HistoryThe first fashions worn with hourglass corsets, around 1830, emphasized width they tended to have very wide skirts …   Wikipedia

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  • hourglass — hour|glass [ˈauəgla:s US ˈaurglæs] n ↑hourglass, ↑sand 1.) a glass container for measuring time in which sand moves slowly from the top half to the bottom in exactly one hour →↑egg timer 2.) hourglass figure a woman who has an hourglass figure… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hourglass — noun (C) 1 a glass container for measuring time in which sand moves slowly from the top half to the bottom in exactly one hour 2 hourglass figure a woman who has an hourglass figure has a narrow waist in comparison with her chest and hips …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hourglass-shaped — adjective Having a shape or cross section like that of an hourglass. See Also: hourglass, hourglass figure …   Wiktionary

  • hourglass — UK [ˈaʊə(r)ˌɡlɑːs] / US [ˈaʊrˌɡlæs] noun [countable] Word forms hourglass : singular hourglass plural hourglasses a) a glass container that uses sand to measure one hour b) computing a symbol used in computer programs to show that the program is… …   English dictionary

  • hourglass — I. noun Date: circa 1515 an instrument for measuring time consisting of a glass vessel having two compartments from the uppermost of which a quantity of usually sand runs in an hour into the lower one II. adjective Date: circa 1834 shaped like an …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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