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Definition of flab

: soft flabby body tissue

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The plan, launched as a dip in oil prices made Saudi Arabia's economic future look precarious, calls for Saudi Arabia to diversify its economy away from energy and cut the economic flab accumulated after living for decades on a diet of petrodollars. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Who is behind the wheel in a changing Saudi Arabia?," 22 June 2018 Dude had the nerve to elbow me aside before wrapping his flab around the fountain and straight-up getting his slurp on. Lori D. Johnson, The Root, "The Inheritance," 3 June 2018 These cities are tops at fighting flab Arlington, Va. is the nation’s fittest city, with Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., close behind, according to a study released Tuesday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Gaza violence, Pennsylvania primary, NBA draft lottery: 5 things to know Tuesday," 15 May 2018 Saturday’s incident is the latest in a string of emergency landings for Southwest, following last week’s unscheduled landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport over an issue with cockpit instruments showing a problem with the plane’s flab. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Southwest Airlines plane loses pressure midflight: It was 'a scary situation,' says passenger," 14 May 2018 But what's worse, at least for women, is a shift, around menopause, in where this excess flab accumulates. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Belly Fat Battle," 1 May 2018 My arm-to-chest flab ratio makes a sleeveless top look preposterous. Hannah Morrill, Cosmopolitan, "Why I Feel More Confident When I'm Naked," 29 Aug. 2016 At 6-4 and 297 pounds, Hand is more muscle than flab at defensive tackle almost like another David Onyemata. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Another Ohio State player in Round 1?," 7 Mar. 2018 That moment by my bedside with my stomach rolls scrunching in on one another, my ass fat spilling out of my underwear, and my arm flab sticking to my torso like wings, felt particularly potent. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "How I Came to Love My Body—a Decade After My Eating Disorder," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of flab

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flab

back-formation from flabby

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English Language Learners Definition of flab

informal : extra soft flesh on a person's body : excess body fat


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Kids Definition of flab

: excess body fat


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Medical Definition of flab

: soft flabby body tissue

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