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1. Huge, catastrophic, or of extreme magnitude. Usually used in the phrase "of biblical proportions." The typhoon laid waste to the coast of Japan, causing damage of biblical proportions. The magnitude of the evacuation is tremendous, almost biblical.
2. Of or pertaining to the Bible, its teachings, or the themes contained therein. The book's vast and elaborate themes draw on deep-rooted, almost biblical human drama. In this part of the country, you can be sure that biblical analogy will accompany any scientific teaching.

of biblical proportions

Of a huge or catastrophic size, magnitude, or severity. The typhoon laid waste to the coast of Japan, causing damage of biblical proportions. An evacuation of biblical proportions has been underway since the civil war began.
See also: biblical, of, proportion

know (someone) in the biblical sense

To have (or have had) sexual intercourse with someone. In certain versions of the Bible, "to know someone" means to have sexual relations with them, as in Genesis 4:1: "And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain." Bob: "You know Samantha quite well, right?" Dave: "Well, I don't know her in the biblical sense, if that's what you're asking." John is looking very well these days. I'd like to get to know him in the biblical sense, if you know what I mean.
See also: biblical, know, sense

in the biblical sense

In a sexual way. Typically used in the phrase "know (someone) in the biblical sense." (In the Bible, the phrase "to know" usually indicates a sexual relationship between two people.) A: "So I hear that you and Liz are closer than I thought." B: "I don't know her in the biblical sense, if that's what you're hinting at!"
See also: biblical, sense

(but) not in the biblical sense

Not in a sexual way. Usually used in reference to the word "know," which, in the Bible, often indicates a sexual relationship between two people. A: "So I hear you know Liz." B: "Not in the biblical sense, if that's what you're hinting at!"
See also: biblical, not, sense

know someone in the biblical sense

have sex with someone. informal, humorous
Know in this sense is an old use which is particularly associated with language in the Bible, e.g. Genesis 4:1: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain'.
See also: biblical, know, sense, someone

know (someone) in the biblical sense

To have sexual relations with (someone).
See also: biblical, know, sense
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