from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something made or done rapidly.
  • noun An act of sexual intercourse that is done quickly and often furtively.

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  • noun Something made or done swiftly.
  • noun A tryst of short duration.
  • noun by extension A brief sexual encounter.

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  • noun hurried repair


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  • ...when the feat of the loose-coat skirmish happeneth to be done underhand and privily, between two well-disposed, athwart the steps of a pair of stairs lurkingly, and in covert behind a suit of hangings, or close hid and trussed upon an unbound faggot, it is more pleasing to the Cyprian goddess, and to me also —I speak this without prejudice to any better or more sound opinion—than to perform that culbusting art after the Cynic manner, in the view of the clear sunshine, or in a rich tent, under a precious stately canopy, within a glorious and sublime pavilion, or yet on a soft couch betwixt rich curtains of cloth of gold, without affrightment, at long intermediate respites, enjoying of pleasures and delights a bellyfull, at all great ease, with a huge fly-flap fan of crimson satin and a bunch of feathers of some East-Indian ostrich serving to give chase unto the flies all round about; whilst, in the interim, the female picks her teeth with a stiff straw picked even then from out of the bottom of the bed she lies on.

    - Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk 3 ch. XVIII, tr. Urquhart.

    October 30, 2008

  • *gobsmacked*

    October 30, 2008

  • Somebody has really given this matter a lot of thought.

    October 30, 2008