arm candy


Definition of arm candy 

: a young attractive person who accompanies a usually older person at social events

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Not one of them is expendable or arm candy or waiting to be rescued by a man. Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "7 Reasons Why All Parents Should Take Their Kids to See "Black Panther"," 7 Mar. 2018 As for this season, Balenciaga went the extra mile, and threw in a stellar accessory to make the concept all the more believable: Everyone’s favorite new arm candy, the insanely handsome bodyguard. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Balenciaga’s Newest Campaign Is a Paparazzi Dream," 31 Jan. 2018 Even with Derek Jeter as her arm candy, all eyes were on her at the ESPYS Awards, due in no small part to her bombshell beauty look. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Hannah Davis Makes a Gym Ponytail Red Carpet-Worthy, Solves All Our #SummerHairProblems," 16 July 2015 Plus, hubby Blake Shelton makes for some incredible arm candy. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "Redbook Cover Stars at the 2011 CMA Awards," 10 Nov. 2011 Hadid had her usual arm candy in tow—not Malik, but a Stalvey mini bag. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s iPhone Case Is a Love Letter to Zayn Malik," 18 Jan. 2018 And Tom is equally as supportive of his supermodel wife as her official arm candy at red carpet events. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Really Do Have the Strongest Marriage," 22 Jan. 2018 Instead, the big stories of the night were the women’s rousing speeches, snarky digs, activist arm candy and swishy all-black garb, which, not that it was supposed to matter, made for an especially glam red carpet. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy," 10 Jan. 2018 The actor was spotted at the 2017 Emmy Awards as the arm candy of his girlfriend, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ben Affleck Played Plus-One for Emmy-Winning Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus," 18 Sep. 2017

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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