Usually used for comedic purposes, for example in Shrek:

Welcome to Duloc, such a perfect town

Here we have some rules, let us lay them down

Don't make waves, stay in line

and we'll get along fine

Duloc is a perfect place

Please keep off the grass

Shine your shoes, wipe your face

Which begins with an AABB, and subverts the viewer's expectation of "ass", in the final line.

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    Mr Brightside by the Killers is my favourite mind rhyme - "Now they're going to bed, And my stomach is sick, And it's all in my head, But she's touching his .... chest now..."
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I believe it would just be called a teasing rhyme, or more widely a mind rhyme. As in the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_rhyme:

Mind rhyme is the suggestion of a rhyme which is left unsaid and must be inferred by the listener. Mind rhyme may be achieved either by stopping short, or by replacing the expected word with another (which may have the same rhyme or not). Teasing rhyme is the use of mind rhyme as a form of innuendo, where the unsaid word is taboo or completes a sentence indelicately.

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