"be sick" is said to mean "to vomit." I'd like to know if the following is okay:
John was sick four times last night.
And could "be intimate" be used in the same way?
The couple was/were intimate three times last night.
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'Being sick' meaning 'vomiting' is a mainly British usage. American speakers might find it a bit strange. However a British English speaker would find nothing wrong with 'he was sick four times in the night'.
To say that a couple were countably 'intimate' when you mean they had sex multiple times sounds a bit strange, old-fashioned, and prim. In my youth newspaper reports of divorce cases might say 'the husband and the other woman went to a hotel and were intimate'.