other, the



  • noun sexual intercourse or other sexual misbehaviour. A common euphemism probably deriving from the phrase ‘this, that and the other’, coyly referring, like ‘hanky-panky’, to unnameable activities. Until the late 1950s the other often signified homosexual activity as opposed to orthodox sex. Nowadays phrases such as ‘a bit of the other’ are usually heard in a heterosexual context.