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missionary position

noun
1.
a position for sexual intercourse in which the couple lies face to face with the male on top.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; so called because it was allegedly favored by Christian missionaries working among indigenous peoples, in preference to positions in which the man approaches the woman from behind
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missionary position

noun
1.
(informal) a position for sexual intercourse in which the man lies on top of the woman and they are face to face
Word Origin
C20: from the belief that missionaries advocated this as the proper position to primitive peoples among whom it was unknown
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missionary position

noun phrase

The sexual posture in which the male lies over the female between her spread legs: Most of them have never gone beyond three furtive minutes in the missionary position/ enjoying sex in that reliable missionary position

[1960s+; fr the fancied distinction between this coital configuration of Christian missionaries and those of the peoples among whom they labored]


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