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rape-or-be-raped situation

noun joke; analogy
A situation in which one is forced to perform an undesirable action against another (even in an abstract way) first or risk the same fate.
 
Formed by analogy to the phrase kill-or-be-killed, which references another serious crime. Adds a more risqué, graphic feel to the description and has more shock value as kill-or-be-killed becomes increasingly cliché. Observer's first observed usage seemed highly metaphorical.
Etymology : Formed by analogy to the unique English phrase kill-or-be-killed. Rape is from Latin rapere “to seize, take by force”
Source : “I bombed that test; it was basically a rape-or-be-raped situation.” Discussion, December 2008
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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