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To Have One's "Ashes Hauled"

Posted by ESC on November 04, 2002

In Reply to: To Have One's "Ashes Hauled" posted by Guy on November 04, 2002

: I have always understood this phrase to have a meaning associated with intimate physical relations. Does anyone know the origin?

".Achieving orgasm is known to Black English speakers as 'having one's ashes (semen) hauled'.This expression probably is derived from rhyming slang for 'ash' (which may be a corruption of 'ass') but also suggests the ancient and medieval concept of semen as poison if not regularly vented." From the "Wordsworth Book of Euphemism" by Judith S. Neaman and Carole G. Silver (Wordsworth Editions, Hertfordshire, 1995).

But I didn't find the term in my Black English references.