thirteenth step


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thirteenth step

A colloquial term for sexual intercourse between two members of a 12-step recovery program to treat addiction.
References in classic literature ?
At his four hundred and thirteenth step another corpse bumped against him--how many had passed him without touching he could not guess; but suddenly he experienced the sensation of being surrounded by dead faces floating along with him, all set in hideous grimaces, their dead eyes glaring at this profaning alien who dared intrude upon the waters of this river of the dead--a horrid escort, pregnant with dire forebodings and with menace.
She is the author of 14 books in 17 languages, including "It Ends With You, Love Styles, and The Real Thirteenth Step.
I agree wholeheartedly with Nick Gillespie's editorial on Traffic ("The Thirteenth Step," March) but would add one additional point.