missionary position

missionary position

noun
a position for sexual intercourse in which the couple lies face to face with the male on top.

Origin:
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
 
n
informal a position for sexual intercourse in which the man lies on top of the woman and they are face to face
 
[C20: from the belief that missionaries advocated this as the proper position to primitive peoples among whom it was unknown]

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