notch on one's bedpost

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Etymology[edit]

From the practice of keeping track of the number of one's sexual liaisons by carving notches into the post of one's bed.

Noun[edit]

notch on one's bedpost (plural notches on one's bedpost)

  1. (idiomatic, slang, offensive) A sexual conquest; a casual sexual partner.
    • 2002, Anne McAllister, The Great Montana Cowboy Auction, Silhouette Books (2002), ISBN 9780373484577, page 22:
      He was a notch on her bedpost, a stepping stone on her quest for stardom.
    • 2007, Melinda Curtis, Count on Love, Harlequin (2007), ISBN 9780373714483 , page 167:
      She'd confused Sam's attentions with real feelings, and now she was just another notch on his bedpost.
    • 2010, Jenna Black, Glimmerglass, St. Martin's Press (2010), ISBN 9780312575939, page 138:
      Bad enough to think he'd wanted me as just another notch on his bedpost, but to think he'd tried to seduce me for cold-blooded political purposes was unbearable.
    • 2011, Peter Robinson, Before the Poison, McClelland & Stewart (2011), ISBN 9780771076237, unnumbered page:
      [] He wasn't a notch on her bedpost. They were in love, for crying out loud.'

Usage notes[edit]

Considered offensive because objectifying – seeing a person as a conquest.

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