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the oldest profession

Prostitution. It's called the oldest profession, and it's probably true that it is!
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the oldest profession

the practice of working as a prostitute. humorous
Politics or the law is sometimes humorously awarded the status of ‘second oldest profession’, with the sarcastic implication that their practitioners are as immoral and mercenary as society traditionally considered prostitutes to be.
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This clearly required surgery so mine is the oldest profession in the world."
Singing and dancing members of the oldest profession work in ancient Rome in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; in turn-of-the-century New York in Tenderloin and New Girl in Town; and in the Caribbean in House of Flowers; they're in '70s platforms in The Life.
In a setting devoid of any other well-paying job opportunities, the oldest profession represents the only way for a girl to make enough money to maintain or enhance her family's property and status in the village.
Real estate is this city's true oldest profession, despite any similarities or references to its other oldest profession.
A sub-committee of the parliamentary Justice Committee toured the country in March 2005 collecting information and opinions on the question of decriminalization of the world's "oldest profession."
She pointed out that the world's oldest profession is often linked to illegal people trafficking.
Romance may be dead, but happy endings are still very alive in Red Light Wives, Monroe's third major step into the literary world in which she vividly details the paths leading to and the troubles inherent in the oldest profession in the world.
The Oldest Profession ended its run at the Signature in October; Hot 'n' Throbbing, a disturbing look at domestic violence, concludes the season next spring.
Perhaps it is naive to suppose that anything can be done to put the world's oldest profession out of business, particularly in an age where casual sex dominates so much of popular culture.
(The Census Bureau recently reported that poverty among single mothers had fallen by a stunning one-third from 1993 to 2001, a turnaround The Washington Post credited mainly to the work requirements and child support provisions of Clinton's 1996 welfare reform law.) Clinton was his own best policy adviser, by far, yet he also would have been the greatest political consultant in the history of the world's second oldest profession.
A., that I admire you and I plan to follow your example and enter the world's oldest profession?"
"How, then," challenged one, "does that make medicine different from the oldest profession?"
* A doctor, an engineer, and a computer scientist were discussing the oldest profession. The doctor says, "God created Eve from Adam's rib, which obviously required surgery, so surgery must be the oldest profession." The engineer, referring to an even earlier passage in the Bible, says, "God created order from chaos, a tremendous engineering feat, so engineering must be the oldest profession." The computer scientist shoots back, "Yes, but who do you think created the chaos?"
* A doctor, an engineer, and a computer scientist were discussing the oldest profession. The doctor said, "God created Eve from Adam's rib, which obviously required surgery, so surgery must be the oldest profession." The engineer, referring to an even earlier passage in the Bible, said, "God created order from chaos, a tremendous engineering feat, so engineering must be the oldest profession." The computer scientist shot back, "Yes, but who do you think created the chaos?"
Fraud might not be the oldest profession. But it comes close, according to Joseph T.