One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Soft loose flesh on a person's body; fat.
fat, fatty tissue, excessive weight, fatness, plumpness, bulk, fleshiness, fleshView synonyms
- ‘I'll lose this flab around my middle, have some more energy and probably feel a little more focused and centered.’
- ‘But if you stick to a program of healthful, moderately sized meals, this could be all your body needs to rid itself of excess flab.’
- ‘Parental responsibility is the key factor in fighting our children's flab and they need to be assisted in making the difficult choices about what to feed their children.’
- ‘He was of good army build, not letting any flab get to his body with his steel blue eyes that demanded respect when he wanted it.’
- ‘As his athletic bulk has turned to flab, he is now seen as a danger only to fellow-users of public transport.’
- ‘Recently, an official newspaper published photos of them flaunting their flab.’
- ‘You hope nothing unbuttons or unzips on you, revealing any flab or flesh.’
- ‘The foetal stem cell therapy is not only being used to smooth out wrinkles, but is also being injected into other parts of the body to get rid of cellulite and excess flab.’
- ‘Still, I wouldn't want a romantic clinch with a new love at my age - what with all that cellulite and flab.’
- ‘I hated how I looked so I spent the summer working out and doing everything I could do get rid of my baby fat and flab.’
- ‘The only way to get rid of extra weight and flab is through exercise to burn up extra calories and by keeping away from those extra calories in the first place.’
- ‘Italian sportsmen are far too vain to run to flab.’
- ‘The first of my tests was a simple measurement of how much of my test subjects' stomach flab I could pinch between my fingers.’
- ‘But the grand ambition to shed festive season flab is likely to be quietly ditched by two-thirds of people before winter is out.’
- ‘It is what happens to your silhouette when excess flab is forced upwards and outwards by trousers that are at least two sizes too small.’
- ‘If he can cope with my cellulite, I can cope with his flab.’
- ‘Though alcohol need not be eliminated from our lives, it is of interest to note that it is devoid of any nutritional value and can be turned into fat, adding flab to the body.’
- ‘Not all English holidaymakers like getting drunk and showing off their flab you know!’
- ‘Love handles and a bit of flab here and there are a normal part of growing older, but an increasing number of people are facing a far weightier problem.’
- ‘The very idea of overweight men being able to stuff all their excess flab into their underwear and pass themselves off as svelte is, quite frankly, unacceptable.’
1950s: back-formation from flabby.
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