petting party

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petting party

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.
See also: party, petting

petting-party

n. a session of kissing and caressing. I just want to watch the movie. I didn’t come here for some teenage petting-party!
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"Traditionalists" like the evangelist Billy Sunday predictably decried "'the moral miasma of unbelief oozing from our higher institutions of learning,'" but even such "progressive" intellectuals as youth-advocate Ben Lindsey understood that the Loeb-Leopold case was inextricably related to "'joy rides, jazz parties, petting parties, freedom in sex relations and the mania for speed on very turn.'" (pp.