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foreplay

[fawr-pley, fohr-]
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noun
  1. sexual stimulation of one's partner, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse.
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Origin of foreplay

First recorded in 1925–30; fore- + play
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foreplay

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

(fôrplā′)
n.
  1. The sexual stimulation that precedes intercourse.
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