take little interest in the opposite sex


take little interest in the opposite sex
   to be a homosexual
   The case of the British naval spy Vassall highlighted the danger of using euphemism instead of direct speech. One of Vassall's referees, when he was being considered for a job which involved access to secret material, instead of warning of his homosexuality (and, at that time, the possibility of his being blackmailed), merely said that:
    ... he took very little interest in the opposite sex. (N. West, 1982)
   Also as take no interest in the opposite sex.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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