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- A competition in which participants compete for a determination that one is the most physically attractive.
- 2019 December 4, Pip Dunn, “Class 70s: a decade of disappointment?”, in Rail, page 65:
- The locomotives were labelled 'ugly', 'unsightly' and 'industrial', as their cab fronts were a mass of slats, grooves and blocks (despite the fact that, of course, locomotives are for work - it's not a beauty contest).
beauty pageant — see beauty pageant
beauty contest m (invariable)