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Attested US 1992.[1] Presumably derived from eye candy (which was first attested in 1984).


arm candy (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) An attractive, seemingly romantic companion who accompanies a person in public simply so that one or both of the individuals can gain attention, enhance social status, or create an impression of sexual appeal.
    • 1992 Aug. 21, Marcia Froelke Coburn, “Marilyn’s enduring appeal”, Chicago Tribune:
      All About Eve (1950, FoxVideo). [Marilyn Monroe had] already had mini-roles in eight movies when she turned up as George Sanders’ arm candy in the party scenes of this film.
    • 2003 Feb. 17, Jeffrey Ressner, "Shot on Location," Time:
      Friends described her as always ready to serve as "arm candy"—that is, a pretty date—to industry players, in hopes of landing a role.


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  1. ^ arm candy, at Word Spy

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