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bodice ripper

noun, Informal.
a modern Gothic novel or historical romance, usually in paperback format, featuring at least one passionate love scene, characteristically one in which the heroine vainly resists submitting to the villain or hero.
Also called bodice buster. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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bodice ripper

(informal) a romantic novel, usually on a historical theme, that involves some sex and violence
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A romantic-erotic novel, esp one with a historical plot; heavy breather: the offensive term bodice-ripper/ literary set that swoons over such bodice-busters as ''Love's Sweet Agony'' (1980s+)

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