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Cock tease (sometimes cock-tease or cocktease or also prick-tease) is derisive sexual slang used to describe a person who flirts and seduces men without engaging in sexual activity. The term has been in use in the United Kingdom and the United States since the 19th century.[1] The term "a flirt" may similarly suggest that no actions are taken beyond flirting.

The phrase is also used metaphorically, as an allusion to any similarly frustrating teasing done by someone else irrespective of whether it is sexual or not.

Uses in media

The term has been widely used in popular culture.

Literal sense



See also


  1. ^ Spears, RA. Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Racial Slurs, Drug Talk, Homosexual Lingo, and Related Matters. Signet Book; Reissue edition (September 1991). ISBN 0-451-16554-3
  2. ^ The Badger Herald (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
  3. ^ Robinson, Bill (January 16, 2006). "The Bird Flu Is A Cock-Tease." Huffington Post
  4. ^ Robinson, Bill (April 10, 2006). "UPDATE: Bird Flu Still a Cock-Tease!" Huffington Post