Definitionpromiscuous sex for money.
ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin prostituere , to place before, expose publicly, offer for sale.
See prostitution [SYN] for synonyms.
(1) Madeline/Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich) to Doc/Captain Donald Harvey (Clive Brook) in Shanghai Express (1932): ' It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.'
(2) Ruby (Mae West) in Belle of the Nineties (1934): ' A man in the house is worth two in the streets.'
(3) Would-be model-actress and part-time prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) to her therapist (Vivian Nathan) about seing her friend, an ex-prostitute, now a junkie living in squalor in Klute (1971): ' I was trying to get away from a world I had known because I didn't think it was very good for me and I found myself looking up it's ass.'
(4) George Segal, a writer, to his neighbor Barbra Streisand, a hooker, in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970): ' You're a fine example of capitalism at its most efficient. You merely take natural resources, add the cost of labor, and sell the product for a reasonable profit.'
(5) Lawyer (Donn Whyte) and Xaviera Hollander (Joey Heatherton) appearing before a Senate Committtee on 'Sexual Excesses in America' in The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977):
-- Lawyer: ' Please state for the committee your business.'
-- Xaviera: ' Pleasure.'
(6) Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) prefers prostitution to handouts from her parents in Nuts (1987): ' It hurts less to sell yourself to strangers.'
(9) (Max) Kleinman (Woody Allen) and the prostitute (Jodie Foster) in Shadows and Fog (1992):
-- Kleinman: ' I never paid for sex in my life.'
-- Prostitute: ' You just think you haven't.'
(10) Robert Reisner. Graffiti. Two Thousand Years of Wall Writing : ' Wipe out male prostitution; adopt a hustler today. Get murdered tonight.'
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