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Definition of loin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a piece of meat from the back or sides of an animal, near the tail loin of pork
  2. 2loins [plural] (old-fashioned) the part of the body around the hips between the waist and the tops of the legs
  3. 3loins [plural] (literary) a person's sex organs
  4. Idioms
    gird (up) your loins (literary or humorous)
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    to get ready to do something difficult The company is girding its loins for a plunge into the overseas market.
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