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Related to petting: Heavy petting
Sexual touching; foreplay. The term often implies that the activity is not followed with sex. You can be sure there's a lot of heavy petting going on under those bleachers.
dated Social gatherings in which couples engaged in amorous kissing, caressing, and fondling. I was shocked to learn that my grandmother—one of the most prude, conservative women in my life—used to go around to petting parties back in the 1920s.
n. a session of kissing and caressing. I just want to watch the movie. I didn’t come here for some teenage petting-party!