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    very short shorts (=trousers that end at or above the knees)

    ... a particular highlight for me is ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’, when Willem Dafoe runs around in his microshorts and Cousteau-esque red woolly hat and exclaims “Are you guys having an aaaah-gument?” in a thick German accent.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/10/2014
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