dress-improver love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bustle, usually in the shape of a pad or cushion, intended to give the desired curve to a woman's hips and back.

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Examples

  • Arrière-pensée we have seen used, with comic intent but sad effect, for a bustle or dress-improver; and, with sad intent but comic effect, for an afterthought; it is better confined to its real meaning of an ulterior object, if indeed we cannot be content with our own language and use those words instead.

    Foreign Words.

  • The crinoline had not quite reached its full circumference, and the dress-improver had not even been thought of.

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • Hotel is of a sort of Doll's House order of architecture, splendid front, no depth to speak of, and built on so steep an ascent that it is hoisted up at the back like a lady's skirt by a dress-improver.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 24, 1887

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