on the game

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Etymology[edit]

UK late-19th century.[1] However, game as a euphemism for sexual activity dates to at least Troilus and Cressida (1602):[1] "Set them down / For sluttish spoils of opportunity / And daughters of the game." Compare with the similar euphemism sport.[2]

Adjective[edit]

on the game

  1. (idiomatic, slang, euphemistic) Working as a prostitute.

Usage notes[edit]

Variously used as "be on the game" or "go on the game".

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Siefring, Judith, editor (2005) The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, →ISBN
  2. ^ Holder, R. W. (2008) Dictionary of Euphemisms, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, game (the), page 191