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double entendre

A word or phrase that can have two interpretations, one of which is usually humorous, insulting, or sexual in nature. The old man kept working double entendres into conversation, hoping to make the young ladies laugh, but instead he just made them uncomfortable.
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For example, in Aldhelm's Enigma 70 double entendre may be at hand in describing the loaf of bread as something "growing hard" in the oven, an image that recalls Exeter Riddle 45, where the dough in the oven is said to be "growing in a corner." (13) Similarly; the wine cask in Aldhelm's Riddle 78 is personified as a woman "making many men drunk," eventually pregnant with alcohol ("my inwards swell to the full with must")--a clue that brings to mind the allusion to the hen's resulting pregnancy after the sexual encounter with the rooster as found in Exeter Riddle 42.
Among the thematic chapters, the most interesting and original deals with the scatological double entendres and innuendos that lie very close to the surface of many emblems.
It's the double entendres and big stars that keep the adult audience coming back for more - and you have to put bums on seats.
What she can't do with an egg, an onion, some peppers and a mouthful of double entendres that would make even Harry Hill blush a bright shade of red, probably isn't all that worth doing.
An energetic mix of parody, farce, slapstick and double entendres, they are seen as classic examples of British humour.
The show has its quota of silly jokes, double entendres and wit as Simon Cole, John Kielty and William Meredith take us from Genesis to Revelations by ark.
Witty gags, hilarious one-liners, rapid-fire double entendres and frequent twists in the plot make this an endlessly entertaining show.
Stone slinks through every frame, trotting out the salty double entendres and shedding her apparel with alarming regularity.
'They are a snapshot of an era when smutty double entendres were just vulgar enough to be funny,' he said.
Whatever else it may be, postmodern painting tends to be art-historically self-conscious, saturated with double entendres, and executed in an astute, "crafty" way: tightly controlled no matter how impulsive and free-spirited it may look, no matter how uncanny the associations it engenders might seem.
British playwright who was noted for his absurdity and humor achieved chiefly by cunning manipulation of phrasing and by frequent use of double entendres and, especially, of non sequiturs.
The beloved and outrageous Nanas also return to explain common phrases and topics - usually via rude double entendres!
In the battle of cooking show double entendres, Mel and Sue on Bake Off have got soggy bottoms and lady fingers, and Myleene will need to get out her overflowing baps or hard buns.
LASTWednesday morning news emerged that the BBC have been deluged with complaints about double entendres since The Great British Bake Off moved to BBC1.
Last Wednesday morning it emerged that the BBC has been deluged with complaints about double entendres since The Great British Bake Off moved to BBC1.