first base n.
1. a man’s initial advances on a young woman, usu. implying just kissing, but sometimes also caressing some part of the body or even the removal of some clothing; such a ‘base’ is always above the waist; thus second base under second adj.; third base under third adj.; home run n.
|Broadway Melody 75: With all his jack I don’t think he’d get to first base with Queenie.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 147: He liked Cabby Devlin, but he couldn’t get to first base with her.Young Lonigan in|
|Idiot’s Delight 148: Did you get anywheres near to first base, Harry?|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 84: I knew she wouldn’t let him get to first base with her.|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 28: There’s a couple of them I let take me to the movies, but they’ll never make first base.|
|Straw Boss (1979) 273: I’ve been married twice, both times tossed out on first base.|
|With the Boys 169: First base, n. (1) Kissing [...] (2) Lips.|
|Street Talk 2 170: I got to first base with her last night.|
|(con. 1981) East of Acre Lane 78: Talking of being a loser [...] you get to first base wid Carol?|
|Crongton Knights 20: ‘I’m not into that first-base friend-zone crap’.|
2. the start of something, e.g. a relationship, usu. applied in terms of failure, e.g. he couldn’t even get to first base.
|Put on the Spot 112: They won’t get to first base.|
|To Whom It May Concern 150: The boys at the Hall often try, but they don’t get to first base.‘A Sunday in April’ in|
|Tomboy (1952) 100: You’re jealous and can’t get to first base with Lucky.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 78: Four strikes I’d had at the guy, once on the phone, three times inside and I still hadn’t made it to first base.|
|(con. 1981) East of Acre Lane 57: Me an’ you won’t even get to first base if you’re still carrying on wid dem t’ings der.|
|Dirty South 125: If you wanna get to first base with them bitches you have to chat about what kinda schools will your children go to.|