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double entendre

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double entendre

double entendre (double entendre)
  1. (idiomatic) A phrase that has two meanings, one innocent and literal, the other risque or bawdy; an innuendo.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Plural form of double entendre.
    • 1812, A treatise on politeness, tr. from the French by a lady, page 172
      Avoid all equivocal expressions, usually denominated double entendre; they are certain proofs of a mean and indelicate mind.
    • 1891, Paulist Fathers, Catholic World, page 785
      It is a momentous crusade without the cross ; and an insidious one, for the calumnies and double entendre against the church are well wrapped up and keenly distributed.
    • 2000, James P. Lantolf, Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning, page 126
      It is not only the teacher's play with single words, phrases, and double entendre that are common in my classroom data.

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