beast with two backs

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in English by Shakespeare in Othello, 1603. Supposedly a translation of the French "la beste à deux doz" from Gargantua and Pantagruel, 1534, by François Rabelais.

Noun[edit]

beast with two backs (plural beasts with two backs)

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Two people engaged in sexual intercourse.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Typically used in the expression "make the beast with two backs".

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