budgie smugglers

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(swimming costume): A jocular reference to a man's tight-fitting swimming costume or swimsuit, typically speedos.

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budgie smugglers

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal, plural only) A style of tightfitting men's swimming costume cut like underwear briefs that covers the buttocks and groin but not the legs, especially worn in surf lifesaving and in swimming races.
    • 2006 July 9, Annabel Crabb, “UK learns rules of Texas hold 'em”, The Sydney Morning Herald:
      Roughly, the rule goes: if you have just swum, are planning to swim soon or are reasonably proximate to a place where others are swimming, then your budgie smugglers are perfectly acceptable.
    • 2006 November 23, Stuart Rintoul, “Bracks's walk was on the wild side”, The Australian:
      "Mr Baillieu has popped out of the water in his budgie-smugglers, but he doesn't reckon that climate change is a problem," Garrett scoffed. "I mean, give me a break."
    • 2012 January 11, Amy Findlay, “Awesome Ironman!”, Milton Ulladulla Times:
      “If you think that men in budgie smugglers don’t look good, well all the blokes in this race still have it and they looked great,” she joked.
    • 2012 January 12, Kate Starke, “Smuggler hid illegal abalone in underpants”, Herald Sun:
      A MAN has been fined and banned from recreational fishing in Victoria after confusing his budgie smugglers for abalone smugglers.
  2. plural form of budgie smuggler

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