RE "Shoot beaver"?

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Nov 10 13:10:07 UTC 2010

It is my impression that the term "shooting beaver" could also (by a sort of projection?) refer to the lascivious glimpsing of accidentally exposed female crotches ("beavers")--as when a woman is seen sitting carelessly in a dress or skirt.  A common regional variant (in eastern Texas in the 1960s) was "shooting squirrel."


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Exposing their genitals. Anterior version of mooning. In my experience.


On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:49 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> Does anyone know the slang-meaning of this?

.....the girls in her class "shooting beaver" at the boys.

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