save oneself

save (oneself)

To abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse or activity until one is married. I was worried he wouldn't want to keep seeing me once he found out I was saving myself, but he was incredibly understanding about it. Some people made fun of me for it, but I'm glad I saved myself for marriage.
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save oneself (for marriage)

Euph. to remain a virgin until marriage. No, I can't. I love you, but I'm saving myself for marriage. His buddies teased him, asking if he was saving himself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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