bust bodice

bust bodice
   a garment for holding women's breasts
   A bodice is a garment which covers the upper parts of the body. Barely euphemistic, except when shortened to BE:
    Others have compared them to Madonna's bust bodice. (A. Waugh in Daily Telegraph, 14 December 1994 — they were two brick cones containing a theatre)
    Start-rite shoes for Wills and Rory, summer vest for Aunt Dolly, esoteric haberdashery for the Duchy... BBs for Clary and Polly. (Howard, 1993, giving a shopping list from the Second World War)
   The usage lapsed rather when Brigitte Bardot appeared on the scene.

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