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birthday suit

What one is said to be "wearing" while completely naked. Alludes to the fact that one is born without clothing. 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

Completely naked. Alludes to the fact that one is born without clothing. 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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wearing (one's) birthday suit

Completely naked. Alludes to the fact that one is born without clothing. I have a recurring nightmare where I'm walking through school wearing my birthday suit. As kids, we had no problem going swimming together wearing 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

INFORMAL
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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in your birthday suit

naked. humorous
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in/wearing your ˈbirthday suit

(informal, humorous) wearing no clothes; naked: The towel fell off, and there he was in his birthday suit!
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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 ?
"Mihail Ivanitch, when is your birthday?" he asked all, of a sudden.
(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.
'But you said something in a prayer; and when you rose and walked about, you looked (as you have done ever since, mother, towards night on my birthday) just as you do now.
The next birthday came round, and we heard he was ill in bed.
Also, that the story of the Colonel being sent away from his sister's door, on the occasion of his niece's birthday, seemed to strike Mr.
I broke out crying and sobbing, and I said, "Oh, dear godmother, tell me, pray do tell me, did Mama die on my birthday?"
Dear, dear, to think how much time we passed alone together afterwards, and how often I repeated to the doll the story of my birthday and confided to her that I would try as hard as ever I could to repair the fault I had been born with (of which I confessedly felt guilty and yet innocent) and would strive as I grew up to be industrious, contented, and kind-hearted and to do some good to some one, and win some love to myself if I could.
I felt the distance between my godmother and myself so much more after the birthday, and felt so sensible of filling a place in her house which ought to have been empty, that I found her more difficult of approach, though I was fervently grateful to her in my heart, than ever.
I often thought of the resolution I had made on my birthday to try to be industrious, contented, and true-hearted and to do some good to some one and win some love if I could; and indeed, indeed, I felt almost ashamed to have done so little and have won so much.
I never saw in any face there, thank heaven, on my birthday, that it would have been better if I had never been born.
It was an uncomfortable consideration on a twenty-first birthday, that coming of age at all seemed hardly worth while in such a guarded and suspicious world as he made of it.
Here, established in perpetuity, is the poor Beauty, a widow with a little girl; here, at dinner on Sophy's birthday, are the three married girls with their three husbands, and one of the husband's brothers, and another husband's cousin, and another husband's sister, who appears to me to be engaged to the cousin.
Pokwang and Ogie Alcasid, two beloved comedians of Philippine show biz, both marked their birthdays on Aug.
George Tlhalerwa said in an interview that while most head of state celebrate their birthdays lavishly, President Khama preferred his to be intimate, small, with some level of interaction with ordinary people.
This is in contrast to the repressive state appointing birthdays of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and the incumbent leader's father Kim Jong-il as national holidays and magnificently celebrating them.