body linen

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body linen (uncountable)

  1. (now historical) Linen used for clothing, especially underwear or nightwear.
    • 1960, AM Holt, translating Gottfried Keller, Green Henry, Calder Publications 2010, p. 382:
      The young lady remarked pleasantly that she had brought over her own, and her best, body-linen, and had left the older stuff on the other side, so as not to make too shabby a show in the alien territory.