grabass

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See also: grab-ass and grab ass

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grab +‎ ass

Noun[edit]

grabass ‎(uncountable)

  1. (informal, idiomatic, often used with the verb play) Sexual groping; erotic horseplay.
    • 1976, Thomas Glynn, Temporary Sanity: A Novel, ISBN 9780914590293, p. 66 (Google preview):
      [T]hey wouldn't do any work then, just hang around and drink and play grabass with her and she didn't want that.
    • 1997, Lee K. Abbott, "Chapter One of Wet Places at Noon," New York Times (retrieved 11 Dec 2015):
      Bobby was bear-hugging Sammy Vaughn and then playing grab-ass with Sammy's ex-wife Alice.
    • 2010, Regan Taylor, The Glass Cage, ISBN 9781606011874, p. 81 (Google preview):
      "I'm thinking a rousing game of grabass is in my future while you load the dishwasher." . . .
      "So y'all plannin' on grabbing my ass?"
      "That and a few other tempting body parts."
  2. (informal, idiomatic, often used with the verb play) Rowdy behavior; general horseplay or foolery.
    • 1967, Cool Hand Luke (film):
      "There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box."
    • 1977, Philp Caputo, A Rumor of War (2014 Macmillan edition), ISBN 9781429959667, p. 46 (Google preview):
      "Anything else? Yes, Lieutenant Lemmon?"
      "Yes, sir," Lemmon drawled. "How do I get out of this chicken-shit outfit?"
      "Knock off the grabass, Glen. Okay, listen up. When you brief your people, make it clear that our mission is defensive only."

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