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battle of the bulge

slang The struggle to lose weight or stay slim. The phrase is a humorous reference to the World War II battle of the same name. The battle of the bulge keeps me going to the gym.
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battle of the bulge

the attempt to keep one's waistline slim. (Jocular. Alludes to a World War II battle.) She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge. I've been fighting the battle of the bulge ever since I turned 35.
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battle of the bulge

n. the attempt to keep one’s waistline normal. (Named for a World War II battle.) She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge.
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battle of the bulge

A jocular description of fighting middle-aged spread, named for an actual battle between the Allies and German forces during World War II. The last great German drive of the war, it began in December 1944, when Nazi troops “bulged” through the Allied lines deep into Belgium. It took a month for the Allies to drive back the German forces. The current cliché was born in the second half of the 1900s, when diet-conscious Americans deplored the seemingly inevitable advance of pounds that comes in advancing years. A New York Times review of the one-woman play by Eve Ensler, The Good Body, had it: “. . . Ms. Ensler . . . [was] soliciting the experiences of women caught up in similar battles of the bulge” (Nov. 16, 2004).
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Some military police were even killed while performing their duties during the Battle of the Bulge. A memorial plaque is displayed in the Belgian town of Houffalize, where two military policemen were killed on 19 December as American units retreated in the face of German armored columns.
Over the past sixty years, scholars have written extensively in English, French, and German about the Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945.
Exercising carte blanche power, SS officers confronted Americans captured in the Battle of the Bulge and demanded to know which were Jewish.
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A survey conducted to highlight the launch of SEGA's Rome: Total War Gold Edition has found that a shocking number of Brits associate The Battle of the Bulge as a war against keeping weight down rather than the great historical WWII event.
is the true story of the author's experience as a prisoner of war after being captured during the Battle of the Bulge in Germany in 1944.
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FAT FRIENDS: Everybody's favourite `flabulous' ladies are back, still struggling with the battle of the bulge. (Thank goodness none of them are successful - `skinny soulmates' doesn't quite have the same ring about it).
A gripping true life saga and one that belongs in every World War II Military History collection, The Longest Winter: The Battle Of The Bulge And The Epic Story Of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon is an impressively written military history by author Alex Kershaw, and published on the 60 anniversary of that famous and infamous battle.
My father, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, passed away two years ago."
The latest pictures of model Sophie Dahl certainly prove that she has won the battle of the bulge.
Speaking of which, we are still fighting the battle of the bulge with our fat cat Jason.
He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and Normandy.
That applied to nothing as much as the Battle of the Bulge, one of the pivotal clashes of that historic struggle.
There's encouraging news for people who've been losing the battle of the bulge. Weight loss may be at hand--if that hand begins reaching for a glass of milk, slice of cheese, or dish of yogurt, all low-fat, of course.