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Examples of midriff in a Sentence
She wore a skimpy outfit that showed her bare midriff.
midriff-baring tops are popular this summer
Recent Examples of midriff from the Web
Aside from walking the runway in her underwear, the Angel was not shy about bearing her midriff prior to her baby announcement.
Ratajkowski wore a midriff-baring muscle tee from Adidas that looked as if it had been freshly snipped—a DIY strategy the model and actress has been known to employ in the past.
The men were shirtless in the hot muggy weather; the women in shorts and midriff tops with packs of cigarettes tucked into their bras and cowboy hats.
There's no shame in showing off your midriff in a bikini or crop top — ever.
The Everett City Council unanimously enacted two ordinances Aug. 16 dictating a dress code banning bare midriffs, exposed shoulders, shorts or bikinis in quick-serve food and beverage businesses.
This time, though, both women’s arms are bared — the Michelle Obama influence? — and part of their midriffs too.
Moving onto Walker's torso, the former Tottenham player lifts his shirt to reveal the date of his youngest son written across his midriff in Roman numerals, with the hand and footprint of his eldest boy just above.
Dressed in a classic distressed denim getup with midriff bared, Spears performed a song that's stood the test of time.
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Did You Know?
Midriff is now most commonly encountered in the mid-torso or clothing-related senses. These senses are relatively young, having appeared, respectively, in the early 19th and mid-20th centuries. For most of its history, however, midriff has been used to refer to the diaphragm (a large flat muscle separating the lungs from the stomach area). The diaphragm sense has been with us since the earliest known use of midriff in Bald's Leechbook, an Old English medical manuscript that is believed to date back to the 9th century. The riff in midriff comes from Old English hrif ("belly, womb"). Hrif is akin to Old High German href ("womb") and probably also to Latin corpus ("body").
Origin and Etymology of midriff
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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