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underwaist

[uhn-der-weyst] /ˈʌn dərˌweɪst/
noun
1.
a blouse worn under another.
2.
such a blouse to which other undergarments are pinned or buttoned, worn by infants and small children.
Origin of underwaist
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; under- + waist
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  • Materials: Pupils may furnish their own materials for an underwaist such as they wear.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • She goes chasing out in her underwaist and petticoat sometimes.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • Maria had a beautiful neck showing above the lace of her underwaist.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Is your uncle rich enough for you to have a governessand you go trailing round in your underwaist and petticoat!

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer

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