on the game

on the game

Engaged in prostitution; regularly having sex for money. (Used especially in reference to women.) A large number of prostitutes are on the game from a young age as the victims of sex trafficking.
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on the game

BRITISH, INFORMAL, RUDE
If a woman is on the game, she is working as a prostitute (= woman who is paid for sex). How can anyone with kids think of going on the game?
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on the game

involved in prostitution. British informal
The phrase itself apparently dates from the late 19th century, but game in the sense of ‘sexual activity’ is much older. Shakespeare talks of ‘daughters of the game’ in Troilus and Cressida ( 1606 ) and from the early 17th century gamester was a term used to describe a lewd person.
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(be/go) on the ˈgame

(British English, slang) be/become a prostitute
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References in classic literature ?
I was excited by the encounter, and my fancy worked busily while I sought to concentrate myself on the game I was playing.
He might even make comments on the game, or whistle.