as the actress said to the bishop

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as the actress said to the bishop

  1. used to highlight a sexual ambiguity in an innocent remark
    Heavens, that's a big one – as the actress said to the bishop.
    • 1976, David Widgery, The Left in Britain:
      The important thing was where you do it, not what you do (as the actress said to the bishop)
    • 1998, Timothy White,:
      "Oh, well," offered Andrews wryly, as she peeled a piece of fruit, "nothing like a hot banana — as the actress said to the bishop." She then apologized for the tacky sexual quip, explaining, "It just slipped out — as the actress said to the bishop."
    • 1999, Michael Sprinker, Ghostly demarcations: a symposium on Jacques Derrida's Spectres of Marx:
      He has, as the actress said to the bishop, been an unconscionably long time coming, []

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