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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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KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi oil exports through the pipeline to Turkey have been stopped due to technical malfunctions on the Iraqi side.
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Summary: <p>Car accidents are increasing daily on the main coastal highway in Sidon because a number of traffic lights have stopped working.AaThe traffic lights on a crossroad near Eliya Hospital in Sidon have not been operating for several weeks due to malfunctions. Near-fatal car accidents have since occurred on what is considered to be the main Sidon thoroughfare, accompanied by constant traffic and injuries to pedestrians.
A US refiners association said the industry was blindsided by a federal court ruling in a case brought by the Sierra Club that increases the chances of companies being fined while using plant safety flares during shutdowns, start-ups and malfunctions.
The major malfunction at this hospital is the management which allowed the problem to drag on so long.
The Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals to reports of malfunctions in pacemakers and other electronic medical devices worn by patients during CT scans.
"Whoever shut the machine off said, 'It's an obvious malfunction. If you look at the top of the machine, it says we're not responsible for malfunction of the machines.
Based on information from the air traffic controller that white smoke was coming from the plane, the captain decided to evacuate the passengers though he was uncertain whether a malfunction had set off the alarm, according to the final report by the Aircraft and Railway Accident Investigation Commission.
But her condition deteriorated and Mrs Symes quickly diagnosed a shunt malfunction, as she had seen it happen around 12 times before.