bodice ripping

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bodice ripping (usually uncountable, plural bodice rippings)

  1. Alternative form of bodice-ripping
    • 1993, Judy L. Larson, Cynthia Payne, Graphic arts & the South, page 168:
      Tracks of the Armies portrayed more than suggestive bodice ripping: Volck's subject here was the aftermath of a rape (fig. 8).
    • 2011, Chloe Neill, Hard Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel:
      Even a vampire enjoys a little bodice ripping now and again.
    • 2013, Laura Frost, The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents, page 93:
      After much bosom heaving and bodice ripping, Diana becomes conscious of her love for the “lawless savage,” and she decides to stay with him in their love oasis.