To have anal sex. The "stem" is the penis and the "rose" is the person's anus.
"You guys weren't getting paid to let the dogs babysit the sheep whilst you two stemmed the rose."
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If one more movie critic tries to publicly decipher this again I will hysterically vomit with rage.

I don't think your average cowboy has a clear concept of Shakespearean ethereal love.

"Stemming the Rose" in this crowd means planting your stem (penis) in someone's rosebud (anus). Get it?
I like to pull her knees up to her ears, stem the rose and finish with a Dirty Sanchez. Then we order pizza.
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Used in the movie Brokeback Mountain. Deeply analyzed; in fact, it's a term for anal sex because of the rosebud-like appearance of the anus.
"(Jack)Twist, you guys wasn't gettin' paid to leave the dogs babysittin' the sheep while you stem the rose."
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Anal sex, esp. between two men.
In the film Brokeback Mountain, Ennis and Jake's boss caught them "stemming the rose".
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Anal sex - the insertion of the penis (or 'stem') into the anal opening, or 'rosebud'. This term can be used for hetero- or homosexual anal sex.
"She was on her period, so he decided to stem the rose instead."
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From Brokeback Mountain, Ennis and Jake's boss says - "You guys wasn't gettin' paid to leave the dogs babysit the sheep, while you stemmed the rose"

Stemming the rose
by PhilDM1 January 26, 2008
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Basically, it is making something desirable or acceptable when an undesirable situation is presented. A rose with thorns intact is considered unacceptable as a gift, but the florist ''stems" the rose, e.i. removes the thorns to thus create a very desirable product.
First we stem the rose, then we place it in the flower arrangement. A dozen roses, stemmed and wrapped, is only 39.99 while supplies last.
by Kenny Ray May 11, 2007
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