Saophron

The girdle worn by Grecian women, whether married or not. The bridegroom loosed the bride's girdle, whence “to loose the girdle” came to mean to deflower a woman, and a prostitute was called “a woman whose girdle is unloosed”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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