as the actress said to the bishop


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as the actress said to the bishop

A humorous expression used to add a sexual connotation to an innocuous phrase. A: "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to touch you there." B: "As the actress said to the bishop!"
See also: actress, bishop, said

as the actress said to the bishop

used humorously to call attention to a sexual double entendre , especially an unintended one.
The cast of characters can be reversed without changing the meaning of the expression: as the bishop said to the actress .
2005 New Zealand Listener Some of Charles's antipodean witticisms— …‘it all became too big for me, as the actress said to the bishop’ – sounded several centuries old.
See also: actress, bishop, said