wardrobe malfunction


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wardrobe malfunction

An instance in which an outfit or costume does not fit or hold together properly, especially when it exposes a part of the wearer's body as a result. The phrase was coined in the aftermath of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, during which performer Justin Timberlake managed to pull off part of fellow performer Janet Jackson's costume, revealing one of her breasts. A: "Much to my mortification, my pants ripped when I bent over, so I ended up showing my butt off to the whole office!" B: "Yeesh, that's quite the wardrobe malfunction!"
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wardrobe malfunction

n. the failure of a costume to fully cover its wearer as intended. (From an incident on broadcast television where this failure allowed a woman’s naked breast to be seen. The term itself was concocted to be an excuse for the incident.) Now he spends hours watching TV, hoping for another wardrobe malfunction.
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