freshman fifteen

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freshman + fifteen (pounds)

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freshman fifteen (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial, US, Canada) Amount of weight (thought to be 15 pounds) gained by a student during their first year of college.
    • 1997, Tali Edut, with Dyann Logwood and Ophira Edut, “HUES Magazine: The Making of a Movement”, in Leslie Heywood & Jennifer Drake editor, Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, ISBN 9780816630059, OL 8070238M, page 85:
      I gained the dreaded "freshman fifteen," whereas Ophi became unnaturally thin from eating too little.
    • 1999 August 4, Alice Sebold, Lucky, New York: Scribner, ISBN 9780684857824, OL 7722384M, page 37:
      Having gained the regulation freshman fifteen meant that my skirt that day fit.
    • 2012 August 9, Tiana Kupinski, “Getting mean on the Freshman 15”, Sun Belt Collegiate, Explorer:
      The freshman fifteen is the stuff of urban legend — a horror story that wreaks havoc on the psyches of high school seniors everywhere, for fear that it too might touch their lives, leaving them crying in the Sears dressing room shopping for pants two sizes larger.

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