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beauty contest

a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles.
Informal. any contest, election, etc., that is decided on the basis of popularity.
Origin of beauty contest
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
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beauty contest

a competition in which the participants, usually women, are judged on their attractiveness, with a prize, and often a title, awarded to the winner
(informal) any contest decided on the basis of superficial attractiveness, popularity, etc: the referendum might turn into a party political beauty contest
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beauty contest

noun phrase

A canvass or occasion that reveals preference, without the force of an election: the mini-convention billed as a beauty contest for those seeking the presidential nomination/ Today's primary is considered a beauty contest because no delegates to the convention will actually be chosen (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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