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waistband

[weyst-band, -buh nd] /ˈweɪstˌbænd, -bənd/
noun
1.
a band encircling the waist, especially as a part of a skirt or pair of trousers.
Origin of waistband
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; waist + band2
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Examples from the Web for waistband
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  • You touched a spring in its waistband and it flew open, and then it was a workbox.

  • I carry it now inside my waistband so they will have to pull me to pieces to get it.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Then he stuck his regular gun into his waistband on the left.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • He tore off the waistband button in his haste, brushed his coat, washed his hands.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • But it was gone, and he stuck back in his waistband his useless revolver.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for waistband

waistband

/ˈweɪstˌbænd/
noun
1.
an encircling band of material to finish and strengthen a skirt or trousers at the waist
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