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A.Word.A.Day--double entendre

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This week's theme: words with double connections.

double entendre (DUB-uhl ahn-TAHN-druh) noun

A word or phrase used in a manner that it can be interpreted in two ways, especially when one of the meanings is risque.

[From obsolete French, literally double meaning.]

See more usage examples of double_entendre in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Without double-entendre British comedy would be bereft. A short selection from a week's viewing: 'You should have heard the gasps when I showed my marrow to the Women's Institute'." Thomas Sutcliffe; In Search of Intelligent Life on Planet Sitcom; The Independent (London, UK); Mar 8, 1996.

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Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), [The Devil's Dictionary, 1906]

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