flimsy

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flimsy (comparative flimsier or more flimsy, superlative flimsiest or most flimsy)

  1. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
    He expected the flimsy structure to collapse at any moment.
    • Sheridan
      All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain.

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flimsy (plural flimsies)

  1. Thin typing paper used to make multiple copies.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 251:
      Smiley peered once more at the flimsy which he still clutched in his pudgy hand.
  2. (informal, in the plural) Skimpy underwear.
    • 2007 October 25, Ruth La Ferla, “Now It’s Nobody’s Secret”, New York Times:
      Choosing lingerie “is about what makes you look good, but also what looks good with or through your clothing,” said Monica Mitro, a spokeswoman for Victoria’s Secret, the brand that catapulted racy flimsies into the public eye.

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