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thong (n.)

Old English þwong, þwang "narrow strip of leather" (used as a cord, band, strip, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *thwang- (source also of Old Norse þvengr), from PIE root *twengh- "to press in on, to restrain" (source also of Old English twengan "to pinch, squeeze"). As a kind of sandal, first attested 1965; as a kind of bikini briefs, 1990.

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Definitions of thong from WordNet

thong (n.)
leather strip that forms the flexible part of a whip;
Synonyms: lash
thong (n.)
underpants resembling a G-string; worn by women especially under very tight pants;
she wore thongs in her quest for the callipygian ideal
thong (n.)
a thin strip of leather; often used to lash things together;
thong (n.)
minimal clothing worn by stripteasers; a narrow strip of fabric that covers the pubic area, passes between the thighs, and is supported by a waistband;
Synonyms: G-string
thong (n.)
a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe;
Synonyms: flip-flop
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