French letter


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French letter

slang A condom. Primarily heard in UK. I have a date tonight, so I need to make sure I have a French letter in my wallet.
See also: french, letter
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Never thought Roy would have a use for French letters again.
In her fascinating literary biography, Bouchardeau seeks to assure Triolet her rightful place in the pantheon of French letters.
70-71); and finally, "Unlike his contemporaries Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Verlaine, Hugo has received little credit for preparing the religious revival in French letters during the first half of the twentieth century.
French windows are just the same, made of glass, nice and see-through; French letters are also remarkably similar, although they do have one which is like an o and an e fused together.
We make only two exceptions in our campaign: David Ginola is a nice bloke and you can still use French letters.
The promise to marry, the basic premise of Don Juan's seductions is either completely missing from the French letters, or occurs only at the very end of the correspondence; in the Spanish letters, the promise initiates correspondence.
Helene Cixous is one of the most widely recognized names in contemporary French letters, a laureate of the Prix Medicis (1969), well known to students, scholars, and critics of French.
Well, there's champagne, foie gras, cheese, Brigitte Bardot, 'Allo 'Allo, French kissing, French letters.
Three collections of Anne Hebert's poetry within as many years, of which one is a translation, attest to her continuing importance for contemporary French letters and for world literature.
It launched his literary career, one of the most astonishingly productive in modern French letters and one which, after seventy years, still continues today.
I expect they'll soon start putting talcum powder on their pool cues (no more perfidious French chalk for them), and instead of wearing French letters they'll start using padded envelopes (so they can come in a Jiffy).
Condoms were made of sheepskin; referred to as French letters or sheaths, they were often used by men visiting prostitutes to prevent syphilis, as well as conception.
Perhaps if the crew had known what was in the bag, the mention of French letters might have done the trick.