Ms C is accusing Ms Z of eating the cheese that Ms C bought. Ms C and Ms Z are room mates. Ms C sees a therapist about it.

Ms Z: I don't eat that kind of cheese.

Ms C: You do eat that kind of cheese. Every time I buy it, it disappears. My therapist told me that I have to stop letting someone take advantage of me.

Ms Z: How much does your therapist charge you?

Ms. C: 425 an hour.

Ms. Z: You are getting reamed because I do not eat that kind of cheese.

What does Ms. Z mean by reamed in the last line?

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Ream as a Slang means to cheat So here, Ms. Z is implying that the therapist is taking advantage of Ms. C and cheating her monetarily .

  • To add to the answer from @Niyanta, a reamer is a precision cutting tool, so "being reamed" has a similar meaning to "being skinned", hence being stripped of your assets. – David Garner Apr 22 '15 at 6:25
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    Reamers are not used for stripping off anything external/convex; they are for expanding a hole. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 22 '15 at 7:28
  • @Brian Hitchcock, I knew that: that's why I said 'cutting tool' [which is fairly general] and 'similar'. If someone took a reamer to your body, it would feel like being skinned, I imagine. – David Garner Apr 22 '15 at 8:13
  • I think you are being euphemistic; I suppose you thought I was being crude. Having done mechanical work, I like to be specific in describing tools. An awl is not like an adze, nor a spokeshave, nor a ripsaw, just because they all have sharp edges. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 22 '15 at 10:36
  • "Reamed" means "fucked" or "screwed". In the above context that would imply being overcharged, but in a different context it could imply, eg, being sued frivolously. – Hot Licks Apr 22 '15 at 12:35

"Getting reamed", is slang for being fucked hard, in one hole or another. It is just a grosser, more exaggerated form of the slang "getting screwed", meaning to be taken advantage of, mistreated or abused.


A reamer is a device or object that enlarges a hole, as this definition from Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2013) indicates:

reamer n (1825) : one that reams, as a : a rotating finishing tool with cutting edges used to enlarge or shape a hole b : a fruit juice extractor with a ridged and pointed center rising from a shallow dish.

For its part the verb ream has these meanings (according to the Eleventh Collegiate):

ream vt (1815) 1 a : to widen the opening (of a hole) : COUNTERSINK b (1) : to enlarge or smooth out (a hole) with a reamer (2) : to enlarge the bore of (as a gun) in this way c : to remove by reaming 2 a : to press out with a reamer b : to press out the juice of (as an orange) with a reamer 3 : CHEAT, VICTIMIZE 4 : REPRIMAND — often used with out

What's missing from this description is how reaming in the sense of enlarging a hole applies to human beings. In The Clouds, Aristophanes indicates that in the Age of Pericles, adultery could be punished by subjecting the (male) adulterer to being "reamed with a radish." The technical term for this punishment, apparently, is rhaphanidosis.

Here is a translation (from 2000) of the relevant argument between Superior Argument and Inferior Argument in The Clouds:

INFERIOR. Now, let us move on and discuss the needs of human nature. Suppose that you've been indulging in an illicit love affair. You are discovered! A scandal! What will you do? You are finished because you don't have the means to argue your way out of trouble. But if you choose to make my acquaintance, your nature can run free, with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, and shameful thoughts will never cross your mind. If the husband accuses you of adultery, plead innocence and blame Zeus. Say that clearly he can't resist his lust for women, so how can you, a mere mortal, be expected to have more strength than a god?

SUPERIOR. Yes, but what if he takes your advice and gets punished by pubic plucking, scrotal singeing, and a jolly good rectal radish ramming. No argument of yours is going to help him after that.

The rather vague term "getting reamed" may have its roots (so to speak) in an allusion to this form of punishment, or to something like it.

  • Fascinating research and exposition. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 23 '15 at 6:02

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