jailbait

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jail +‎ bait, from the risk of a prison sentence.

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jailbait (usually uncountable, plural jailbaits)

  1. (slang) A sexually attractive person who is very young, especially one below the age of consent.
    • 2009 The Economist, “Charis Wilson, model and writer, died on November 20th, aged 95”:
      "The first time she modelled for Edward Weston, in March 1934, Charis Wilson knew she didn’t look good. At 20 she was “a piece of jailbait”, a mere child, especially with the stumpy plaits into which she sometimes twisted her hair."

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