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in (one's) birthday suit

Completely naked. (Alludes to the fact that one's "suit" is nothing at all when born.) I have a recurring nightmare where I'm walking through school in my birthday suit. As kids, we had no problem going swimming together in our birthday suits.
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*in one's birthday suit

Fig. naked; nude. (In the "clothes" in which one was born. *Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) I've heard that John sleeps in his birthday suit. We used to go down to the river and swim in our birthday suits.
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birthday suit

Nakedness, as in The doorbell rang, and here I was in my birthday suit. In 18th-century Britain this term originally referred to the clothes one wore on the king's birthday. Later it was jocularly transferred to bare skin, alluding to the condition of a newborn baby.
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in your birthday suit

If you are in your birthday suit, you are not wearing any clothes. I could go out there in my birthday suit and nobody would even notice. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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birthday suit

Wearing no clothes. People said to be in their birthday suit are as naked as the day they were born.
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References in classic literature ?
I happened to look timidly up from my stitching, across the table at my godmother, and I saw in her face, looking gloomily at me, "It would have been far better, little Esther, that you had had no birthday, that you had never been born
I did n't know what to give you, for you 've got everything a man wants, and I was in despair till I remembered that dear grandma always made you a little cake like that, and that you once said it would n't be a happy birthday without it.
And that was Rose's little prayer on the night of her fourteenth birthday.
on a birthday that was, also), Grip and I thought of this after we went upstairs to bed, and when it was midnight, striking one o'clock, we came down to your door to see if you were well.
It is even difficult for me to believe that there was a gap of full two months between my return to Salem House and the arrival of that birthday.
I was beginning to be rather vain of my knowledge, for I spent my birthday guineas on it, and set aside the greater part of my pocket-money for similar investment; though I have no doubt, now, that the little I knew was extremely dear at the price.
The whole party was assembled in the house-place when Hetty went down, all of course in their Sunday clothes; and the bells had been ringing so this morning in honour of the captain's twenty- first birthday, and the work had all been got done so early, that Marty and Tommy were not quite easy in their minds until their mother had assured them that going to church was not part of the day's festivities.
However, both the friends felt that the thing looked rosy indeed when one day Nastasia informed them that she would give her final answer on the evening of her birthday, which anniversary was due in a very short time.
Next day during the service at the palace church in honor of the Emperor's birthday, Prince Volkonski was called out of the church and received a dispatch from Prince Kutuzov.
I wish I had known it was your birthday, Lady Windermere.
To-morrow's my birthday, and I'm going to put you-all on your back--savvee?
But if I see Ozma I'll tell her you want to come to her birthday party.
Peter had gone to Markdale after dinner to spend the afternoon with his reunited parents because it was his birthday.
A present given when it isn't your birthday, of course.
And noticing a gleam of light peeping in beside one of the serge curtains, he cheerfully dropped his feet over the edge of the sofa, and felt about with them for his slippers, a present on his last birthday, worked for him by his wife on gold-colored morocco.