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[fawr-pley, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌpleɪ, ˈfoʊr-/

sexual stimulation of one’s partner, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse.
mutual sexual stimulation preceding sexual intercourse

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]

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


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