underwire
noun Date: 1973 a wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to aid in support

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  • underwire — un•der•wire [[t]ˈʌn dərˌwaɪər[/t]] n. 1) clo a wire sewn into the underside of each cup of a brassiere, used for support and shape 2) clo a brassiere with such wires • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

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