in the biblical sense

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from know someone in the biblical sense.

Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the biblical sense

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see biblical,‎ sense.
  2. (euphemistic) Carnally; sexually.
    • 1993, Harold Miles, Bad ol' boy, page 122:
      I was married to you the moment I took you as my wife. That first night I pushed you backward on your bed and took you in the Biblical sense, from that moment on, we were man and wife.
    • 1993 February 26, “NOTORIOUS WOMEN RECOVER FROM THEIR LOVE AFFAIRS”, Ind_Geraldo (Rivera): 
      Unidentified Man 2: How you doing? I've got a question for Pamela. How many rock stars have you met in your whole life? Ms-DES-BARRES: Oh, my gosh. Man 2: Any idea? Any idea or... Ms-LEE: He didn't ask how many you slept with. Ms-DES-BARRES: That's good. RIVERA: You mean met in the biblical sense? Man 2: I mean met and been with. Ms-DES-BARRES: I didn't sleep with that many of them.
    • 2012 March 23, Lanford Beard, “TV Jukebox: 'The Secret Circle,' 'The Voice,' 'Switched at Birth,' and more music-on-TV moments”, Entertainment Weekly:
      The young witches made their relationship official — in the Biblical sense — and Welch’s howling entreaty, “I’d do anything to make you stay,” expressed their yearning and desperation.
    • 2012, Etienne, Trial, page 28:
      Well, I'm no longer seeing him in the biblical sense, but I do run him from time to time.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used to suggest something sexual about a phrase not normally so taken.

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