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"have his way with her"

Posted by ESC on January 12, 2001

In Reply to: "Have his way with her" posted by Doug Haden on January 11, 2001

: I am seeking the origin and definition of the expression "have his way with her" (or any of its variations: "the City could have its way with them", ...).

: I want to use it in a sentence similar to: "The defense will have its way with the prosecutorial team regarding how...".

: Any references or other data would be appreciated. I am having a devil of a time location anything useful.

I can't find this phrase in my references. But I know it's an old phrase, a euphemism for sex. As in "he had his way with her." It implies the man in a predatory role and the woman the helpless victim. I'll post again if I find something definitive.