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    grabs the dentist by the nuts

    Failed to get "by the nuts". What does it mean?

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    The deal with China, he says, the United States should act like an aggressive patient at a dentist's office:"Here's how the patient deals with the dentist: sits down in the chair, grabs the dentist by the nuts, and says, 'You don't hurt me, I won't hurt you'"

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    #2

    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    "by the testicles". That is, he grabbed the dentist's testicles.

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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts


    NOT A TEACHER


    Just a gentle reminder to my fellow learners that they should NOT use the word "nuts" when it refers to that part of a man's body.

    Although it is NOT obscene, it is still considered vulgar. That is to say, if you were to say or write it at school or at work, your teacher or manager would ask you to stop, for the word is not considered to be polite, and some people would find it very offensive.

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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    Unfortunately, the word in that meaning is not shown as 'not polite' at http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/nuts
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    I can't believe anyone will find it "very offensive."
    There are (like anything even sightly related to sex) many slang terms for them, but "nuts" is among the most mild of them.
    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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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    I think it's unlikely that anyone would be talking about testicles, using either formal or slang terminology, at school or work! Of course, if you're a medical student, you might talk about various parts of the anatomy but you would always use the anatomical term anyway.

    In the UK, "nuts" is not offensive in any way. Nor is "balls". The same can't be said for "boll*cks".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    It's an old joke.

    A woman goes to the dentist. The dentist puts her in the chair and gets ready to drill. He feels a contact down below and looks to see she has grabbed him by the nuts.

    "Madam, do you realize where your hand is", he exclaims!

    "Yes I do", she replies, "Now, we aren't going to hurt each other, are we?"

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    #9

    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In the UK, "nuts" is not offensive in any way. Nor is "balls".
    Perhaps not very offensive, but these are words that some people would not use in polite conversation, and would not like to hear used. My sister (68), for example, would never use them. She would say something like '... grabs the dentist between the legs'.

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    Re: grabs the dentist by the nuts

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In the UK, "nuts" is not offensive in any way. Nor is "balls". The same can't be said for "boll*cks".
    Which is almost certainly why the last term is far more common.

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