Definition of pear-shaped in English:


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1Tapering towards the top, like a pear: a pear-shaped diamond
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  • Victoria tried on a Harrods drop pear-shaped diamond necklace which was going for a bargain £75,000 after being reduced from £100,000.
  • The shoes are encrusted with more than 400 round and pear-shaped diamonds.
  • We fell into each others arms and I kissed her pear-shaped diamond necklace feeling its coldness against my teeth.
1.1(Of a person) having hips that are disproportionately wide in relation to the upper part of the body: attention to detail helps disguise a pear-shaped figure
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  • Exercising for your body type: I'm pear-shaped.
  • For those of you out there really into clogged arteries and developing a pear-shaped figure, this is the meal for you.
  • A pear-shaped woman begins to sing to enthusiastic applause.


go pear-shaped

British informal Go wrong: everything went pear-shaped
[originally RAF slang]
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  • The home player should have won the opening game but as so often happens to their team this season, everything went pear-shaped at the end.
  • This required some input from me and everything started to go pear-shaped.
  • After 25 minutes, all went pear-shaped and he decided to call it off.

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