take a liberty with


take a liberty with
   to make an unwanted sexual approach
   Always by the male:
    Nobody ever tried to take a liberty with her. (M. McCarthy, 1963)
   Take liberties, meaning the same thing, is obsolete:
    ... [the licentious monk] proceeded to take still further liberties. (M. Lewis, 1795 — -a girl was saved from rape by her mother's entry)

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