bay window

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Bay windows

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From bay + window.

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bay window (plural bay windows)

  1. (architecture) A window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room.
  2. (figuratively) A protruding belly.
    • 1948, Godfrey Poage, What You Ought to Know Before Marriage, St. Louis: The Queen’s Work, p. 12,[1]
      Marriages that are based only on sex appeal generally fizzle out as soon as he gets a bay window and her figure becomes a bit lumpish.
    • 1982, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Man Descending, McClelland & Stewart (2004), ISBN 0771086903, page 126:
      Bert came hustling up, bumping his way through the kids with his bay window.

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