the English vice


the English vice
   the obtaining of sexual gratification through pain
   Not a piece of mechanical equipment secured to a bench but a predilection supposed to have developed from the experience of boys and their masters in 19th-century single-sex boarding schools:
    The popularity of flagellation — known as the 'English vice' — created a large corpus of literature. (Pearsall, 1969)

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