double-entendre


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dou·ble-en·ten·dre

 (dŭb′əl-än-tän′drə, do͞o-bläN-täN′drə)
n.
1. A word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risqué.
2. The use of such a word or phrase; ambiguity.

[Obsolete French : double, double + entendre, to mean, interpretation.]
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It was double-entendre heaven from the minute the narrator promised that the Queen would be revealing "her intimate knowledge of the crown jewels".
Yet the double-entendre of the gesture might have contributed to its popularity "for a simple twist of hand would have presented the dorsal side in a mocking snub to the common enemy".
It is small, but I'm hoping for a good rise on it - Rav Bansal, a competitor in The Great British Bake Off with a double-entendre on his breadmaking ability.
"This will require military warfare, but also cyberwarfare, financial warfare and ideological warfare" Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the White House, on formulating a plan to defeat IS "It is small, but I'm hoping for a good rise on it" Rav Bansal, a competitor in The Great British Bake Off with a double-entendre on his breadmaking ability "The winner was the one I thought closest to mine - still a million miles away" Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood boasts about his skills in making a dampfnudel, a German steamed dumpling, one of the challenges set for contestants "I was brought up with the Victorian belief that ladies didn't handle money" Former fashion editor Shirley Conran, above "Piped music, canned music, muzak, lift music, airport music - call it what you will.
To be a double-entendre, the actual words in the mark pregnancy text should have an alternate meaning and, as noted above, that meaning must be readily apparent to purchasers from the mark itself.
The company argued the ad worked on two levels - as a straightforward statement about Oz wine and as a double-entendre.
With its innuendo-laden comedy, a penchant for slapstick and a delight in double-entendre - who can forget talk of Mrs Slocombe's pussy?!
During a recent promotional event, on being questioned about the moral bankruptcy plaguing Bollywood with its titillating songs and double-entendre dialogues, the National-Award winning actress said that she doesn't like one dimensional characters and looking pretty in movies, Gulf News reported.
From its double-entendre chapter headings ("Not Tonight, Dear") to its chatty text, the book maintains a breezy, conversational tone that reflects the authors' camaraderie and years of experience.
Continuing the double-entendre theme, foot-in-mouth judge Louie Thpenth lithps: "I want Rothemary to let rip!" Accidentally funny but embarrassingly amateurish.
Eubulus's rump riddle is therefore a good example of this, even if its last clue ("if one wound it, it is unwounded") reveals a partial use of double-entendre technique as in subtype 1.
"The latest Kafa campaign targets protection of home workers - specifically foreign since the hand that holds the "rope" made out of bedsheets seems to be Arfrican or at least dark in complexion - through the headline "do not push her to do commit your crime" (the TVC is more explicit in that perspective since the maid in question is abou to jump from the balcony, hence the word "push" has a double-entendre)."