battle of the bulge
   a desire to slim
   The bulge is the evidence of obesity around the waist and hips:
    The 'battle of the bulge' became a corsetier's problem. (E. S. Turner, 1952)
   The original battle was Eisenhower's, when the Germans broke through in the Ardennes in December, 1944. The modern campaigns seldom achieve comparable losses.

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  • Battle of the Bulge — Battle of the Bulge, the the last main attack by the German army during World War II, when they surrounded the Allies army in Belgium in 1944 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Battle of the Bulge — For other uses, see Battle of the Bulge (disambiguation). Battle of the Bulge Part of World War II …   Wikipedia

  • battle of the bulge — n. the attempt to keep one’s waistline normal. (Named for a World War II battle.) □ She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge. □ I’ve been fighting the battle of the bulge ever since I had the baby …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Battle of the Bulge — La Bataille des Ardennes  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Bataille des Ardennes.  La Bataille des Ardennes (titre original : Battle of the Bulge) est un film américain réalisé par Ken Annakin, sorti en 1965. Sommaire 1 Synopsis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Battle of the Bulge — a strong but unsuccessful attack by German forces against the Allies in southern Belgium in 1944. The word bulge means a swelling, so the phrase is also used in a humorous way to mean a struggle to lose weight, e.g. by going on a diet: I’m… …   Universalium

  • Battle of the Bulge — noun a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise • Syn: ↑Battle of the Ardennes Bulge, ↑Ardennes counteroffensive • Regions:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Battle of the Bulge. — See Bulge, Battle of the. * * * …   Universalium

  • Battle of the Bulge. — See Bulge, Battle of the …   Useful english dictionary

  • Battle of the bulge —    In December 1944, German forces launched a strong counteroffensive against U.S. forces in the Ardennes region of Europe, forcing them back a distance of 60 miles and creating a huge bulge in Allied lines. Two entire U.S. regiments were forced… …   Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era

  • Battle of the Bulge — final German offensive of WW II in 1944 1945 in which Germany attempted to break through Allied lines on the Western front and retake Antwerp (resulted in an Allied victory) …   English contemporary dictionary

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