Early Example of "Make Love" Meaning "Have Sex"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 20 11:24:14 UTC 2014

Another probable early example of "make love" meaning "have sex" is from _Lady Chatterley’s Lover_:

    ‘It seems to me you might leave the labels off sex. We’re free to talk to anybody; so why shouldn’t we be free to make love to any woman who inclines us that way?’

    ‘There speaks the lascivious Celt,’ said Clifford.

Fred Shapiro
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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