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foreplay

[fawr-pley, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌpleɪ, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
sexual stimulation of one's partner, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; fore- + play
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British Dictionary definitions for foreplay

foreplay

/ˈfɔːˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
mutual sexual stimulation preceding sexual intercourse
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Word Origin and History for foreplay
n.

in sexual sense, by 1911, from fore- + play (n.). Earlier as a theatrical term (by 1857).

In fact the poem which Mr. Brooks has translated is but the "prologue to the swelling theme," the fore-play to the actual drama of Faust. ["The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany," Jan.-May 1857]

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foreplay in Medicine

foreplay fore·play (fôr'plā')
n.
The sexual stimulation that precedes intercourse.

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