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measurements rate
(Adult / Slang)
A woman's body measurements around the bust, waist and hips, supposedly relating to sexuality. The winner of the first Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City in 1921 was 16-year-old Margaret Gorman; her measurements were 30-25-32.

SYNONYMS: figure; shapeliness; vital statistics.


(1) Tira (Mae West) in I'm No Angel (1933): ' One figure can sometimes add up to a lot.'

(2) Mae West in I'm No Angel (1933): ' A figure with curves always offers a lot of interesting angles.'

(3) Lola Brewster (Kim Novak) to Marina Rudd (Elizabeth Taylor) in The Mirror Crack'd (1980): ' I'm so glad to see you. Not only have you kept your gorgeous figure but you added so much to it.'

(4) James Bond (Roger Moore) and a shapely woman in Octopussy (1983):
-- Woman: ' You have a very good memory for faces.'
-- James Bond: ' And figures.'

(5) Chrissy (Rita Wilson) and Roberta (Rosie O'Donnell) looking at the magazine cover featuring Teeny Terrell (Melanie Griffith) in Now and Then (1995):
-- Chrissy: ' Now what is it that she has that gets people so excited? '
-- Roberta: ' Long legs, a tiny waist and perky breasts.'

(6) Clayboy (James MacArthur) and Claris (Mimsy Farmer) in Spencer's Mountain (1963):
-- Clayboy: ' Well, you've grown.'
-- Claris: ' 34-22-34.'
-- Clayboy: ' What does that stand for? '
-- Claris: ' What you're gawking at.'

(7) Tillie Schlaine (Carol Burnett) to Pete Seltzer (Walter Matthau) in Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
-- Tillie: ' What do you think? '
-- Pete: ' I think you are a fine figure of a woman.'
-- Tillie: ' I wasn't asking about me. I was asking about the apartment.'
-- Pete: ' Oh. It needs a man's touch.'
-- Tillie: ' Incidentally, for future reference, no woman who fancies she has a good figure likes to hear she's a fine figure of a woman. The two aren't the same at all.'

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