Definition of bodice-ripper in English:


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informal or humorous
A sexually explicit romantic novel or film with a historical setting.
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  • Girl With A Pearl Earring is not a film that makes haste, nor is it a bodice-ripper (its most explicit scene occurs as Griet gets her ear pierced).
  • Their story is the very stuff of a Bollywood bodice-ripper.
  • It's fine to compare the Brontës with bodice-rippers.



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  • What is it about Chris Matthews’ show that evokes images of bodice-ripping, drooling ravishment?
  • His sixth spouse was novelist Kathleen Winsor, who wrote the bodice-ripping bestseller Forever Amber; their union lasted about two years.
  • Although the quality varied from week to week you could always be guaranteed a bodice-ripping art review when you opened your Salient on a Monday morning.

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