'Want to go for a drink?' and other phrases that could possibly mean 'Fancy a shag?'

THINKING of making idle chat? Be careful. If you use any of these phrases, you might inadvertently be asking someone if they’d like to have sex.

‘Want to go for a drink?’

The sexual subtext couldn’t be any more obvious. Drinks lead to being drunk which leads to sex. While useful when talking to someone you fancy, this phrase makes the request of a platonic pint somewhat difficult. You can’t follow it up by saying ‘I don’t want to bone you’, even if it would sensibly avoid confusion.

‘Are you free this evening?’

There are a few ways this could go. It could be a romantic interest sniffing out the opportunity for a quick bang, or it could be your boss asking if you’re able to work overtime. Don’t get your hopes up that it’s your hot boss angling for a shag in the stationery cupboard though. That only happens to porn stars and your more attractive colleagues.

‘Have you been working out?’

This is a polite way of saying, ‘Wow, you’re not as fat as I remember!’ But it could also mean ‘I want to ride your bones until you forget what day of the week it is!’ If the person who said this is amorously stroking your chest and doesn’t look jealous of your new toned physique, you might be in there.

‘We should get dinner sometime’

A meal is a great way to catch up with a mate, but it could also be a first course of foreplay before the f**king commences. When asking someone you’re not attracted to if they’d like a meal, it helps to be curt and direct, eg. “Dinner? Tomorrow, 7pm, two-for-one deal at Pizza Express. Bye.’ Although if they’ve been single for yonks they’ll think that’s the most romantic thing ever.


When said by a man, this is a straightforward if somewhat camp greeting. But when said by a woman, this is her crafty feminine way of scoping out a shag. Unless it isn’t. It’s hard to tell with them and depends on how desperate you are. Assume they’re not interested until they’re forced to awkwardly spell it out by saying ‘I would like to have sex with you’, and even then it’s a good idea to double-check and get written confirmation.

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