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    sexed up

    Could anyone please tell me what "sexed up" means?

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    Re: sexed up

    Quote Originally Posted by Osil
    Could anyone please tell me what "sexed up" means?
    Can you give us a context? The phrase can have several meanings. :wink:

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    Re: sexed up

    Quote Originally Posted by Osil
    Could anyone please tell me what "sexed up" means?
    The main context that comes to mind (being a BE speaker) is this...

    sex up phrasal verb [T]
    to make changes to something, especially a piece of writing, in order to make it seem more significant, exciting or interesting than it originally was
    sexed-up adjective

    ‘In the greatest scandal to threaten the free world yet, it appears that the BBC may have sexed up the reporting of its allegations that the Government “sexed up” its Iraq report last September. But this interpretation may itself be a sexing up of the situation.’
    (The Times, 28th June 2003)
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/N...107-sex-up.htm
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Here's the definition from our pkrasal verb list:

    Sex up = change information to make it more attractive to the reader\listener

    The government denied that they had sexed up the report to make the front page.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...l-verbs/s.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Here's the definition from our pkrasal verb list:

    Sex up = change information to make it more attractive to the reader\listener

    The government denied that they had sexed up the report to make the front page.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...l-verbs/s.html
    The question seems to have been about a song lyric. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    The question seems to have been about a song lyric. :?
    Have I missed something? Where were songs mentioned? :P
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    If it's a song lyric, then 'sexed up' is more likely to mean sexually aroused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    The question seems to have been about a song lyric. :?
    Have I missed something? Where were songs mentioned? :P
    In a second thread.

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    I missed that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I missed that one.
    :wink:

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