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    #1

    raising hell

    Jim is teasing or joking saying "Mel and her friend Holly played sexually with many guys" and what does "raising hell" mean? Does it mean "protest getting angry"? Why did they have to do it? Or just "making a fuss"?

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    Jim- Back in the day when you two were a couple of single girls, raising hell and breaking hearts in the city?
    Mel- All right, she was the one who played the field, I was merely the spectator. It's gonna be great having her live in Grandview.

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    Re: raising hell

    what does "raising hell" mean?

    In this context it usually means having a lot of fun, getting a little rowdy and maybe causing a bit of relatively harmless trouble here and there. But it can also refer to more extreme and destructive behaviour.

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    #3

    Re: raising hell

    And it does not mean they "played sexually with many guys"! It means they were fun, maybe flirty women, and a lot of guys wanted to date them or be their boyfriends, but the guys were not successful in getting them as their girlfriend.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: raising hell

    However, "played the field" can certainly mean that.

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    Re: raising hell

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    However, "played the field" can certainly mean that.
    It *can* but doesn't have to. It can also simply mean she dated many guys casually, but no-one seriously as she kept her options open. I don't think the phrase implies any level of sexual activity (low or high) at all.

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    Re: raising hell

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    I don't think the phrase implies any level of sexual activity (low or high) at all.
    I do, and so does UE! ;)

    Play the field - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    #7

    Re: raising hell

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post

    This link (top one when you use the google search link on the link you provided) play the field - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. agrees it can be romantic OR sexual.

    Urban Dictionary: play the field also doesn't focus on the sexual aspect - and let's face it, normally if urban dictionary *can* it *will*!

    The top (non dictionary) google result was this: The RSPB: News: Gulls play the field in UK schools - I hardly think the RSPB would use it as a headline in an article aimed at children if there was such a clear sexual connotation as you suggest.

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    Re: raising hell

    The RSPB is stretching here for a clever headline, and I think I see the marks. In my neck of the words, “playing the field” has a clear connotation of sexual promiscuity, and if I weren’t a native speaker, I would avoid using this idiom.

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    #9

    Re: raising hell

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    It *can* but doesn't have to. It can also simply mean she dated many guys casually, but no-one seriously as she kept her options open. I don't think the phrase implies any level of sexual activity (low or high) at all.
    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I agree with Tullia! In AmE it is possible to 'play the field' without engaging in sexual activity.

    Perhaps it is time to change the UE definition of this idiom.

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    Re: raising hell

    I don't see "playing the field" one way or the other. The context would probably tell me whether it was simply dating or sexual (although these days I imagine dating probably involves sexual activity anyway).

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