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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!"
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bash the bishop

vulgar slang To masturbate. A term only applied to men. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him bashing the bishop. How horrifying is that?"
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beat the bishop

vulgar slang To masturbate. A term only applied to males. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him beating the bishop. How horrifying is that?"
See also: beat, bishop

Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?

old-fashioned A phrase used when a decanter of port wine is being shared after a meal (traditionally passed to the left), and one person has failed to continue passing it along. Primarily heard in UK. A: "So, as I was saying, Mr. Fiddlewich continued his parlay, quite unaware of—" B: "Excuse me, Barnaby? Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" A: "No, I'm afraid I don't." B: "He's an awfully nice fellow, but he never passes the port." A: "Ah, I see. Here you are, terribly sorry."
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it could happen to a bishop

Anyone could experience whatever has befallen the person in question. Oh, don't worry, honey, everyone makes mistakes like that at work at some point. It could happen to a bishop.
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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.
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As the actress said to the bishop...

A phrase used to point out or emphasize that a remark had a risqué double meaning, whether or not it was intended. The phrase, first heard in Britain in the mid-20th century, contrasts a worldly actress and a very proper clergyman to whom such double meanings had to be pointed out. It also took the form of “as the bishop said to the actress,” “as the schoolmaster said to the schoolgirl,” and any number of other combinations. Mae West's repartees, such as replying to a man's saying, “I've heard so much about you” with “Yeah, but you can't prove it,” coming from almost anyone else would qualify for an “As the actress said to the bishop . . .”
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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References in classic literature ?
"The Church does not condone it," the Bishop objected.
"I had not looked at it in that light," the Bishop said naively.
"I know, I know," Bishop Morehouse interrupted with an agonized expression on his face.
"I am afraid the Church was dumb," the Bishop confessed.
"Nay," quoth Robin, "my music cometh not without I choose, even at a lord bishop's bidding.
"Now, thou art a saucy varlet to speak so to my crest," quoth the Bishop, frowning on Robin.
"Why dost thou not play, fellow?" quoth the Bishop, looking sternly at Robin.
The Bishop had hurriedly donned his gown and now stood ready to meet the couple at the chancel.
"Now strike up your music, fellow!" ordered the Bishop.
"Seize him!" yelled the Bishop; "there's mischief afoot!
Mr Merdle with humility expressed his conviction that Bishop couldn't mean him, and with inconsistency expressed his high gratification in Bishop's good opinion.
Bishop then--jauntily stepping out a little with his well-shaped right leg, as though he said to Mr Merdle 'don't mind the apron; a mere form!' put this case to his good friend:
Mr Merdle signifying that the idea should have his best attention, Bishop put another case:
The king accompanied him to the door, where Aramis pronounced his benediction upon him, and passing through the ante-rooms, filled with soldiers, jumped into his carriage and drove to the bishop's palace.
Baisemeaux accompanied the bishop to the bottom of the steps.