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euphemism To have sex. When I make love for the first time, I want it to be with the person I'll spend the rest of my life with. After Betty became pregnant, it seemed like she wanted to make love to me all the time.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
make love(to someone)
1. to kiss and caress someone. Ernest made love to Linda in the garden in the moonlight. She liked the way he made love to her—all that poetry.
2. Euph. to have sex with someone. I really think that he wanted to make love to me. She did not want to make love to him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Court, engage in amorous caressing, as in Romance was in the air, and she hoped he would make love to her. [Late 1500s]
2. Have sexual intercourse, as in They'd been making love well before they married. This usage today is the more common of the two. [Mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
make ˈlove (to somebody)have sex (with somebody): They made love all night long.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To engage in amorous caressing.
2. To engage in sexual intercourse.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.