Beast with two backs
Making the beast with two backs is a euphemistic metaphor for two persons engaged in sexual intercourse. It refers to the situation in which a couple—in the missionary position, woman on top, on their sides, kneeling, or standing—cling to each other as if a single creature, with their backs to the outside.
|“||I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.||”|
The earliest known occurrence of the phrase is in Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel (c. 1532) as the phrase la bête à deux dos. Thomas Urquhart translated Gargantua and Pantagruel into English, which was published posthumously around 1693. Othello was written c. 1601–1603.
|“||In the vigour of his age he married Gargamelle, daughter to the King of the Parpaillons, a jolly pug, and well-mouthed wench. These two did oftentimes do the two-backed beast together, joyfully rubbing and frotting their bacon 'gainst one another.||”|
- The Beast with Two Backs, a studio album by the goth rock band Inkubus Sukkubus.
- A Beast With Two Backs, a British television play first broadcast in 1968.
- Back with Two Beasts, an album by the Australian band The Church.
- Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
- The dictionary definition of beast with two backs at Wiktionary