French letter

French letter
   a contraceptive sheath worn by a male
   The term may come from their being packed in small envelopes, coupled with the supposed Gallic penchant for frequent copulation.
   I think any derivation from letting, or preventing, as in the phrase let or hindrance, is unlikely:
    ... keep in their bags not even small change, only a powder-puff, a lipstick, a mirror, perhaps some French letters. (G. Greene, 1932)
   Also as FL, Frenchie, or French tickler:
    Preyed on his mind, all those FLs did. (Sharpe, 1974)
    You can't feel a thing with a Frenchie. (Sharpe, 1976)
    ... you were screwing matron with a French tickler. (Sharpe, 1982)

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  • french letter — A French letter is a condom …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • French letter — n BrE old fashioned informal a ↑condom …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • French letter — n. [Brit. Slang] CONDOM …   English World dictionary

  • French letter — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms French letter : singular French letter plural French letters British old fashioned a condom …   English dictionary

  • french letter — noun Usage: usually capitalized F slang Britain : condom * * * ˌFrench ˈletter f13 [French letter French letters] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • French letter — /frɛntʃ ˈlɛtə/ (say french letuh) noun Colloquial → condom …  

  • French letter — noun Date: circa 1856 chiefly British condom 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • French letter — Older Slang. a condom. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • french letter — noun A condom …   Wiktionary

  • French letter — condom …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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