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butt naked

slang Entirely nude, especially in others' view. Possibly a variation of "buck naked," though both mean the same and are correct in use. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house butt naked!
See also: butt, naked

half-naked

Partially undressed. The phrase is sometimes used hyperbolically by someone who considers another's attire not conservative enough. Thinking only my mom was outside, I came out of the dressing room half-naked and, to my horror, saw some older girls from school. You can't wear shorts like that to church, you look half-naked! Go change right now!

buck naked

slang Entirely nude, especially in others' view. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house buck naked!
See also: buck, naked

stark naked

Completely naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my classroom and realize I've forgotten my homework—and that I'm stark naked! We've all come into this world the hard way—stark naked and screaming!
See also: naked, stark

the naked eye

Normal vision that has not been enhanced or augmented in any way. Because bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, it was only relatively recently in human history that we even became aware of their existence. The fine print is so tiny, you can barely make it out with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

the naked truth

The total, unembellished, and unaltered truth. Used especially to something that someone may consider unpleasant or offensive. While they were created with good intentions, the naked truth is that these policies have set back our economic recovery by at least another five years.
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as naked as the day (one) was born

slang Completely nude; without any clothes on whatsoever. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house naked as the day he was born! We have an adorable video of you when you were about two years old, running around the back yard as naked as the day you were born!
See also: born, naked

(as) naked as a jaybird

slang Completely nude; without any clothes on whatsoever. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house naked as a jaybird! We have an adorable video of you when you were about two years old, running around the back yard as naked as a jaybird!
See also: jaybird, naked

*naked as a jaybird

Cliché naked; bare. (*Also: as ~.) Two-year-old Matilda escaped from her nurse, who was bathing her, and ran out naked as a jaybird into the dining room. Uncle John sometimes spends a whole day walking around his house as naked as a jaybird.
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*naked eye

the human eye, unassisted by optics, such as a telescope, microscope, or spectacles. (*Typically: appear to ~; look to ~; see with ~; visible to~.) I can't see the bird's markings with the naked eye. The scientist could see nothing in the liquid with the naked eye, but with the aid of a microscope, she identified the bacteria. That's how it appears to the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

naked truth

the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it's the naked truth. I can take it. Just tell me the naked truth.
See also: naked, truth

with the naked eye

with eyes that are not aided by telescopes, microscopes, or binoculars. The moon is quite visible with the naked eye. Bacteria are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
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naked as a jaybird

Bare, unclothed, as in I came straight out of the shower, naked as a jaybird. This simile replaced the 19th-century naked as a robin and is equally unclear, since neither bird is normally stripped of its feathers. Further, the bird it refers to is more often called simply "jay" rather than "jaybird," yet the latter is always part of the simile. [c. 1940]
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naked eye

Sight unassisted by an instrument such as a microscope or telescope. For example, These insects are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This expression was first recorded in 1664.
See also: eye, naked

naked truth

Plain unadorned facts, without concealment or embellishment. For example, What I've told you is the naked truth. This expression supposedly alludes to a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood then dressed in Truth's clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another's clothes, went naked. [Late 1500s]
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the naked eye

COMMON If something can be seen with the naked eye, you can see it without the help of equipment such as a telescope or microscope. These green insects, just visible to the naked eye, are generally found on the under side of the leaves. Enough light gets through space for us to see thousands of stars with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

the naked truth

the plain truth, without concealment or embellishment.
This phrase may originally have developed as a translation of the Latin phrase nudaque veritas , found in Horace's Odes, or to any of various fables that personify Truth as a naked woman in contrast to the elaborate dress and artifice of Falsehood.
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the naked ˈeye

the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument: Bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.
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the naked ˈtruth

the truth, which may be unpleasant: If you want the naked truth about it, he’ll certainly give it to you!
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stark ˈnaked

(British English) (American English buck ˈnaked) completely naked: He always walks around his apartment buck naked.
See also: naked, stark

butt naked

mod. totally nude. (Mildly objectionable.) I was butt naked in the shower and couldn’t get the phone.
See also: butt, naked

get naked

in. to enjoy oneself thoroughly; to relax and enjoy oneself. Let’s all go out and get naked tonight.
See also: get, naked

naked

mod. undiluted; having to do with neat liquor, especially gin. (see also raw.) No ice, please. I want mine naked.

naked truth

n. the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it’s the naked truth.
See also: naked, truth

naked as a jaybird

Stark naked. Why, of all ornithological species, should a jaybird be singled out for its nudity? One explanation is that “jay” was a 19th-century word for a country bumpkin, and since bumpkins were vulnerable to the wiles of others, a jaybird would be vulnerable indeed.
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Thus, nakedness works to equalize all members of the human world.
The author surveys how nakedness functions in three categories: painted scenes on geometric vases, the kouroi sculptures, and the naked hero (Herakles) in later vase painting.
Her nakedness was not about flaunting sexuality or selling anything.
In Europe, they refused me because Raks Sharki (bellydance) was linked to nakedness and vulgarity, and not seen as having any technique.
There comes a time when the nakedness of the emperor can no longer be denied.
In the icon of his Baptism Christ's near nakedness reveals his self-giving love.
Degrees of Nakedness takes its name from the title of one of the stories in the collection, and nothing could more aptly label its contents.
What's most disturbing about the process is the sheer nakedness of the politicking behind the allocations.
We immediately see some part of the exegetical problem: Ham commits the delict but it is his son (actually one of his sons), Canaan, who is cursed with the burden of servitude (what sort of primitive patriarchal prohibition declared that seeing a father's nakedness was punishable by this extreme--if indirect--penalty is not a topic Goldenberg takes up, though I suspect that there must be rabbinical comment on this situation of sexual taboo).
Nakedness is used by elderly women, in particular, in extreme and life-threatening situations.
It is worth noting the strong images of nakedness and clothing in these readings.
Miss Spedding pointed out: 'The law says that mere nakedness, if it was within an appropriate setting, is not in itself indecent.
The city's statue of dreamy Apollo depicts a flawless nude with a tunic draped languidly are around his muscled arms like a mink stole, intentionally underscoring his nakedness.
When you think about it," Bailey explains, "the current craze for reality shows is sort of a craze for public nakedness.
The text continues that Ham, one of Noah's three sons, and the "father of Canaan," saw "his father's nakedness," (8) and told his two brothers, Shem and Japheth, who came into Noah's tent and, out of respect for their father, walked backward so as not to see their father in this state, and covered him with a garment.