have it off

to have sex. These phrases, which have been commonly used in Britain and Australia since the 1940s, seem to derive from an earlier sense of the same terms meaning to succeed in stealing or succeed in accomplishing (something illicit). There is also significant similar-ity with 19th-century sexual euphe-misms such as 'fetch off'. Both expressions are used by all social classes.
► 'He later told me he'd had It off with a photographer the previous night and so wasn't much concerned with having It away himself.' (Joe Orton's Diary, 14 May 1967)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Have it off — have sexual intercourse …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • have it off — • a phrase that has been in use for a few decades meaning to have sex . e.g. I didn t want to sit there watching TV knowing they were having it off in the back room …   Londonisms dictionary

  • have it off — Australian Slang have sexual intercourse …   English dialects glossary

  • have it off — Verb. To have sexual intercourse …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • have it off — verb to engage in sexual intercourse …   Wiktionary

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  • have something off pat — have (something) off pat British, American & Australian, American learn (something) off pat to learn something so well that you do not have to think about how to do or say it. I ve given the same speech so many times I have (= know) it down pat… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have something off (or down) pat — have something memorized perfectly. → pat …   English new terms dictionary

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