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Recent Examples of spandex from the Web
And in the chemical industry — well, the spandex supply is getting tight.
Alison Brie, new fave Betty Gilpin (in '80s spandex leotards), and Marc Maron (in '80s Björn Borg polos and Terry Richardson glasses) are all awesome in this series about professionally fake lady wrestling.
So, over the summer of 2016, Oldman and Tsuji labored to create Winston Churchill out of silicone, foam and spandex.
The combination of tight-fitting spandex in a sweaty environment and chronic rubbing due to cycling is a recipe for disaster.
Remember, everyone, exercising in spandex leotards can help align our chakras!
Should a girl’s comfort take precedent over the distraction clingy spandex may provoke in the classroom?
Junior posted a photo of Stewart in full cycling gear - helmet, spandex, everything - Thursday night, and fans went nuts over it.
These long-haired, denim, leather and, yes, spandex clad bands also frequented smaller markets like Huntsville, Mobile and sometimes other Alabama cities like Montgomery.
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Did You Know?
Spandex is a fiber that has had an impact on fashion high and low, casual and formal, outer and under. It's not a trademark, as a number of the names of other fibers are, among them Dacron, Lycra, and Orlon. It's a generic term, coined in 1959 as an anagram of the word expands. Anagrammatic coinages are not common; the only other in our dictionaries that the average person is likely to be familiar with is sideburns. Sideburns is an anagram (and synonym) of burnsides, from Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general in the American Civil War credited with originating the fashion (in the U.S., at least) also known as side-whiskers.
Origin and Etymology of spandex
First Known Use: 1959See Words from the same year
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