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ab off

slang To rappel down from a mountain-climbing route. "Ab" is a shortening of "abseil," a largely British term meaning "rappel." Primarily heard in UK. The climb itself is very challenging and fun, but there's nothing to do once you reach the top, so I usually just ab off straight away when I finish the climb. I don't like the look of those storm clouds. We'd better start abbing off. A: "I've been recovering from an injury, so I haven't been mountain climbing in quite a while." B: "We can ab off at any point if it gets to be too much."
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Another name for the abdominal muscles. Ugh, my abs are so sore from that workout last night. That model's abs are so toned, it's ridiculous. I really don't think she's going to go for the hunky guy with the abs—she's always been drawn to nerdy fellows who know a lot about books.

six-pack abs

slang Well-defined abdominal muscles that appear in two columns of three on one's belly (likened to the appearance of a six-pack of canned beverages). My goal for the summer was to shed my love handles and finally get six-pack abs. I know it's pretty superficial, but I find six-pack abs incredibly attractive on men.
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washboard abs

Very strong, well-defined abdominal muscles. The term alludes to the ridges and rigidity of washboards, which were commonly used when washing clothes and linens by hand. I know it's superficial and petty, but I am a sucker for a guy with washboard abs. I had a chubby gut for most of my life, but after a lot of hard work, I finally have the washboard abs I've always wanted.
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n. the abdominal muscles. (see also six-pack, washboard abs.) Look at the abs on that guy. Like a crossword puzzle!

washboard abs

n. heavily marked abdominal muscles, divided into six equal sections. If I work out hard enough I can build those washboard abs.
See also: ABS
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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