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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
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.
Any clothing revealing bare shoulders, midriffs, buttocks — really anything more revealing than a tank top and shorts — was banned.
The group filed their lawsuit against the city of Everett, which recently passed ordinances banning bare shoulders, bare midriffs, and bare buttocks among restaurant employees.
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.
This time, though, both women’s arms are bared — the Michelle Obama influence? — and part of their midriffs too.
Wilson posted photos Wednesday which appear to show Anderson in the same clothes, except a section of her midriff is showing.
Here, there are Y2K fashion personalities like a baby-faced Aaliyah, perpetually in low-slung pants, or a midriff-baring Mya.
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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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