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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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The company argued the ad worked on two levels - as a straightforward statement about Oz wine and as a double-entendre.
Symphosius's Riddle 43 (cucurbita, gourd), which is worth quoting in full, can serve as a paradigm of this author's use of double-entendre technique: "Pendeo, dum nascor; rursus dum pendeo, tunc cresco, / Pendens cum moueor uentis et nutrior undis.
The handful of songs they recorded in the late 80s are of a consistently high quality, from the double-entendre cheek of Monsterpussy (about a cat that lived under their floorboards, claims McKee innocently) to the Cobain-endorsed Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam.
Anheuser-Busch can never resist a good double-entendre, in this case using one to add spice to the company's new designated driver campaign, launched last week.
To be sure, scholars have already acknowledged that Menander uses occasional obscenity or double-entendre, yet this fact has not translated into a wider recognition of Menander's ability to be risque.
The Plague of Fur" for example, in which all solid material in the Pacific Northwest becomes coated by a self-replicating nano-constructed mechanical "fur" might best be read while listening to the Cramps' "The Green Fuzz" "Edgar," an anatomy of a murder, goes well with the Beatles' 'Til Get You [in the End]" which has the added advantage of having an anal sex double-entendre, which is perfect for Edgar, who did "nasty things to conceal who he really was.
Advertisers are masters of the double-entendre, but sometimes the sexual meaning is so obvious that it's hard to figure out what the "clean" interpretation would be.
Therefore the tagline Think out of the box had a strong double-entendre.
Off-kilter R&B from the diva of the double-entendre as it flits from old blues to raw urban hip hop, skeletal rhythms and, ultimately, virtual full-blown soul.
The boundaries may have shifted far enough to include references to water sports and flavoured condoms, but the Donald McGill spirit of double-entendre lives on in this witless saga of lonely men and vacuum cleaners.
I stupidly garner the administration's attention early on when I use a risque double-entendre in one of my English classes.