Here is the movie script excerpt.

Maggie: I know what’s going on.
Fred: What do you mean?
Maggie: You know what I mean.
Fred: There’s nothing going on.
Maggie: Don’t fucking bullshit me, Fred. ‘Cause my EQ is through the goddamn roof.
  And I understand and intuit the nuances of social dynamics like you wouldn’t 
  believe. The two of you are having sex with each other.
Fred: There’s no way you could discern something like that.
Maggie: Charlotte told me.
Fred: Really?
Maggie: No, but you just did, you fucking idiot.
Fred: Fuck! Shit! That was fucking very clever. Jesus, well, you know what, yes.
   Okay. We’re sexing one another down. So?
Maggie: Ew.

Thank you very much.

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    I've never seen this usage before - it might even be a complete one-off. But it looks to me like a facetious derivation from We're sizing each other up (checking each other out, forming opinions about each other). They're just seeing how they get on in a very casual sexual relationship. Feb 10 at 18:36
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    ...in fact, it's definitely a one-off. I just googled "sexing one another down" and got only 2 hits. One was the transcript of the movie, the other seems to be a Chinese site where someone asked about the meaning. Obviously this current ELL question hasn't yet been indexed by Google! Feb 10 at 18:43
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's asking about a complete one-off non-standard usage Feb 10 at 18:44
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    @MichaelHarvey: Noting that both of us silently switched from one another to the far more idiomatic each other, I googled again for "sexing each other down". Which did actually find a dozen matches, but that's far too few to say it's meaningfully "an English usage". Besides which the fact that the scriptwriters chose to have Fred say one another rather than each other makes me think they don't exactly have their finger on the pulse of English! :) Feb 10 at 18:50
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    Not every question has to be about standard English. Let's stop closing question unnecessarily. Scriptwriters are often looking to avoid cliches.
    – Lambie
    Feb 10 at 19:30


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