The term ‘Bobbitised' came into currency after a young US woman, Lorena Bobbitt, cut off her husband's genitals in 1993 to ward off unwanted advances

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    Google unwanted advances meaning to find the answer. (Don't just google unwanted advances as it is the title of a book!) Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 16:41
  • 'unwanted advances' is a phrase, not a word. Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 17:17

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It means that Lorena's husband was trying to initiate sexual activity which Lorena did not want.

It seems idiomatic now, as I'm not sure I've ever heard the phrase used to describe anything other than sexual advances even though the word sexual is specifically not used in the expression.

  • There are situations where one person may interpret another's actions as an unwanted advance, even when there is not overt sexual implication. For example, one person (especially a man) asking another (especially a woman) in a cafe May I share your table? - or sitting beside someone in a bus when there are vacant seats available. Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 22:43
  • @RonaldSole I agree that such situations exist, but while there is nothing definitionally wrong about describing one as an "unwanted advance" I don't think I've ever heard the phrase used that way. Is that the actual expression you would use to describe such an event?
    – Upper_Case
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 22:46
  • If I were 50 years younger and female, I might well. Given my age and balding pate I doubt it. Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 23:02
  • @RonaldSole Have you heard that expression used to describe any situation which lacked any sexual component? That's the crux of my question above-- you're not wrong about parsing and defining each word of the sentence, I just haven't encountered alternative meanings in actual use.
    – Upper_Case
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 0:46

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