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double entendre

1. a word, phrase, etc., that can be interpreted in two ways, esp one having one meaning that is indelicate
2. the type of humour that depends upon such ambiguity
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It was that'stypical Steve Groves None of this myth-busting need matter to those of us who have now realised that we've been wasting our time with the subtlety of double entendres, that time is now too short and that we ought to go straight for the entendre.
Along the way, she fires off some cutting double entendres, warning an unreliable lover, "Your crafty little pencil is running out of lead.
Double entendres aside, when did you last get anything to suck on for landing, other than your own knees or the .
The double entendres of "My Boat" as a love song and indictment of colonialism ("My boat/sweet anger/sweet salvage/cast anchor upon my fingers .
Other troubling appropriations without credit include specific references to plays, songs, and performances, such as Ethiopianism's influence on Williams and Walker's Abyssinia; the evolution of three texts, Jes Lak White F'lks, The Cannibal King, and In Dahomey; the grace of Aida Overton Walker's cakewalking and her negotiation of sexuality and propriety; the use of double entendres in the lyrics of Bob Cole's "No Coons Allowed"; balancing social decorum and theatrical buffoonery in productions; the difficulty of presenting love scenes in black shows; and Aida Walker's struggle to present her Salome Dance artfully.
There are double entendres and there are double standards, so I sent them my personal forty-three-hour tape from the Clinton years with footage of their own hysterical jokes about Bill and his Willy.
The following five chapters treat themes such as children, sacred and profane love, fame and public relations, licentious allusions, scatological double entendres, and the carnival themes such as the world upside down, before concluding with the representation of death, dying, and the Last Judgment in emblems.
Double entendres are naughtier and more explicit without being overt.
Richard Lederer has fashioned an enviable career--to the tune of some 2000 books and articles, if the cover blurb is to be believed--out of collecting puns, typographical errors, mangled metaphors, accidental double entendres, and other linguistic faux pas that are guaranteed to induce giggles in those of us inclined, whether by nature or nurture, to find such philological shenanigans giggle-inducing.
Product names feature examples of the series' teen-oriented double entendres, including Chef's Love Sausage, Chef's Meaty Balls and Chef's Stuffing Balls.
The pair built up a loyal following with their near-the-knuckle double entendres.
Nancy takes after-hours refuge at the home of her best friend, Grace (winsome former Ellen costar Clea Lewis, making her New York stage debut), an art historian who's busy exchanging double entendres with her hot and hunky mobster boyfriend, Gene (Jeffrey Donovan): "You're the only hit man I've ever slept with.