Dictionary: SHOP – SHQ


• SHOP
n. 1. a period of employment or an engagement …1885 theatrical sl.
n. 2. a prison …Bk1891 sl.
vb. to betray an associate to the police or other authority; to inform on; to incriminate …1899 sl., chiefly Brit.
 
• THE SHOP
n. 1. the University of Melbourne …1889 Aust. sl.
n. 2. a nickname for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich …1899 Brit. sl.
 
• SHOP DOOR
n. the fly on a man’s trousers …1965 US sl.
 
• SHOPPIE;  SHOPPY
n. a shop assistant …1909 sl.
 
• SHORT
adj. stingy, niggardly; cheap …1967 Amer. dial.
n. 1. a car …1960s Amer. sl.
n. 2. an illegal, undersized lobster …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT AND SWEET, LIKE A DONKEY’S GALLOP
adj. brief and pleasant …L19 colloq.
 
• SHORT AND THICK, LIKE A WELSHMAN’S PRICK
adj. said of a short person very broad in the beam …M19 sl.
 
• SHORT-ARM
n. 1. an inspection of the penis for venereal disease or other infection …1919 sl.
n. 2. the penis …World War II sl.
 
• SHORT-ARM DRILL
n. medical inspection for venereal disease …World War II colloq.
 
• SHORT-ARM INSPECTION
n. an inspection to detect symptoms of venereal disease …c1910 military sl.
 
• SHORT-ARM PRACTICE
n. copulation …20C military sl.
 
• SHORT-ARSE
n. a short person …c1890 colloq.
 
• SHORT-ARSED
adj. short …c1870 colloq.
 
• SHORT-ARSE DRIVER
n. an artillery driver, irrespective of height …c1910 artillerymen’s sl.
 
• SHORT AS MARCHINGTON WAKE-CAKE
phr. used of a woman’ s temper …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
• SHORT BACK AND SIDES
n. a short haircut …20C colloq.
 
• SHORT BIT
n. a dime; the sum of 10 cents …1854 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT CHANGE ARTIST
n. a ticket seller, clerk, etc. …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT COCK
n. cheese …1904 UK sl.
 
• SHORT CON
n. a small-scale confidence racket …1932 US sl.
 
• SHORT-COUPLED
adj. stunted …1958 Amer. dial.
 
• THE SHORT, DEAD DUDE
n. Napoleon …20C teen & high school sl.
 
• SHORT DOG
n. a local train or bus …1955 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT GROWTH
n. failure of growth in a child …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT HAIRS
n. pubic hairs …19C colloq.
 
• SHORT HANDLES
n. men’s short underwear …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT-HEAD
n. in horse racing: a horse that fails by a short head …1883 colloq.
 
• SHORTHORN
n. 1. someone not from Texas or the Southwest; an outsider, a neophyte, a greenhorn …1885 Amer. dial.
n. 2. an ordinary person, one of indifferent quality and not belonging to the best sort …1899 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a young lad …1930 Amer. dial.
 
• A SHORT HORSE IS SOON CARRIED
phr. a little business is soon despatched …c1670
 
• SHORTIE
n. 1. a small drink of spirits …1931 sl., orig. US
n. 2. an undersized crayfish …1980s NZ sl.
 
• SHORT IN ONE’S MIND
adj. forgetful …1908 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT JOHN
n. a niggardly, miserly, or stingy person; one who does things in a cheap style …1909 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT JOINT
n. a chicken thigh …1960 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT LEG
n. a chicken thigh …2000 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT-LENGTH
n. a small glass of brandy …1864 Sc.
 
• SHORT-LIMBERED
adj. touchy …L19
 
• SHORT METER
n. a short time …1842 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT-MINDED
adj. 1. slow-witted …1862 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. quick-tempered, touchy …1986 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT NAME
n. a nickname …1986 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT OF A SHEET
adj. crazy …B1900 sl.
 
• SHORT-ONE
n. in coaching: a passenger not on the waybill …c1830
 
• SHORT-PATIENCED
adj. quick-tempered; excitable; touchy; irritable; easily offended; impatient …1922 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT-PATIENT
adj. quick-tempered; excitable; touchy; irritable; easily offended; impatient …1922 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT POT
vb. to cheat or deceive someone; to give less than the expected amount …1940 Amer. dial.
 
• A SHORT REPLY IN THE PLURAL
int. balls! = nonsense! …20C
 
• SHORT SAUCE
n. potatoes, turnips, onions, pumpkins, etc. …1809 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT SKATE
n. 1. a cheapskate, a stingy person …1953 Amer. sl.
n. 2. one who does not pay his bills …1967 Amer. dial.
vb. to act like a cheapskate, to be stingy …1909 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT STAKER
n. a restless person who works only long enough to get a few dollars together before he is off again …1927 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT STROKES
n. masturbation …20C colloq.
 
• SHORT TALK
n. quarrelsome talk …1934 Amer. dial.
vb. to talk crossly, rudely, curtly or in a quarrelsome manner to someone …1931 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT THIGH
n. a chicken thigh …1986 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORT TIME
n. a brief visit to a prostitute; a brief stay in a hotel for sexual purposes …1937 sl.
 
• SHORT-TIMER
n. 1. someone nearing the end of their military service …1906 US sl.
n. 2. someone who visits a prostitute or stays briefly at a hotel for sexual purposes …1923 sl.
 
• SHORTWOODARD
n. a rustic person; a country bumpkin …1931 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORTWOODS
n. a rustic person; a country bumpkin …1931 Amer. dial.
 
• SHORTY
n. 1. a small drink of spirits …1931 sl., orig. US
n. 2. a nickname for a short person …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHO-SHO
n. a machine gun …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT
adj. 1. drunk; tipsy …1864 sl., chiefly Aust., NZ & US
adj. 2. tired …1939 sl.
n. 1. money … Bk1903 sl.
n. 2. a fast throw …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• THE SHOT
n. something that is wanted or needed …1953 Aust. sl.
 
• SHOT-AWAY
adj. alcohol or drug intoxicated …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT DOWN
adj. to be rejected; depressed …1960s Amer. sl.
 
• SHOTE
n. 1. a young hog 
n. 2. a person; a trifling, worthless fellow …1844 Amer. dial., derogatory
 
• SHOT FULL OF HOLES
adj. drunk; tipsy …1940s NZ sl.
 
• SHOT GUN
n. a machine gun …Bk1944 services’ sl.
 
• SHOTGUN HOUSE
n. a house whose rooms are all in a line …1936 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOTGUN QUIZ
n. a surprise test …1960s US students’ sl.
 
• SHOTGUN WEDDING
n. a forced wedding, presumably because the bride is pregnant …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT HOUSE
n. a place where liquor is sold by the drink …1974 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOT IN ONE’S LOCKER
n. 1. a piece of money in one’s possession …1835 nautical US sl.
n. 2. a final resource …1894 US nautical sl.
 
• SHOT IN THE ARM
n. 1. a boost or act of encouragement …Amer. sl.
n. 2. a drink of liquor …Bk1999 sl.
n. 3. an injection of narcotics …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT IN THE DARK
n. a very general attempt; a wild guess …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT IN THE NECK
adj. alcohol intoxicated …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
n. a drink of straight whisky …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT OF CAFFEINE
n. a cup of coffee …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT OF COW
n. a glass of milk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT OF MOO
n. a glass of milk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT OF PUSS
n. a glass of milk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT-SLING
n. a slingshot …c1937 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOTTIE
n. a shotgun …1980 NZ sl.
 
• SHOT TO HELL
adj. ruined; decimated; utterly ruined …1913 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOT TO PIECES
adj. demoralized; ruined …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOT UP
adj. alcohol or drug intoxicated …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOULDER-BUSTER
n. a shotgun …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOULDER WALNUT
vb. to enlist as a soldier …1838 obs.
 
• SHOULDN’T HAPPEN TO A DOG
phr. describes something that is so bad that no creature deserves it …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOUSE
n. a lavatory; a privy …1941 Aust.  & NZ sl.
 
• SHOUSH
n. a lavatory; a privy …1941 Aust. & NZ sl.
 
• SHOUT
vb. to treat someone to a drink; to stand a drink …1850 Aust. & NZ sl.
 
• SHOUT BLUE MURDER
vb. to shout desperately, as if being attacked …1859 sl.
 
• SHOUTING METHODIST
n. a Methodist who exhibits religious enthusiasm with loud cries or vigorous bodily motions …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOVE
n. an act of copulation …17C sl.
vb. 1. to copulate …17C sl.
vb. 2. to pass counterfeit money …Bk1990 criminal sl.
vb. 3. to sell drugs …Bk1990 Amer. drug culture sl.
 
• THE SHOVE
n. dismissal …1899 sl.
 
• SHOVED
adj. hard-pressed by circumstances …1859 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOVED TO DEATH
adj. very busy …1952 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOVE IN THE FACE
n. a blow in the face …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVE IN YOUR OAR
vb. to interfere in someone else’ s business …1730 UK sl.
 
• SHOVE IT!
int. an exclamation of contempt or derision …1941 sl.
 
• SHOVE IT UP SOMEONE’S ASS
vb. to brutally manhandle, victimize, or betray someone …1971 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!
int. a derisive retort …1864 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASSHOLE!
int. a derisive retort …1936 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVELFUL O’ WORK
n. a very little work …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOVEL THE SHIT
vb. to lie or boast excessively …E20 US sl.
 
• SHOVE OFF
vb. 1. to leave, to depart …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
vb. 2. to murder …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVE ONE’S OAR IN
vb. to interfere, to meddle …1870 colloq.
 
• SHOVE OUT FOR
vb. to set out for …c1850 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOVER
n. someone who passes counterfeit money, cheques, etc. …1859 US sl.
 
• SHOVE YOUR NOSE IN
vb. to interfere, to interpose rudely …1887 UK sl.
 
• SHOW
n. 1. a small mass of blood-tinged mucus indicating the onset of labour …16C colloq.
n. 2. the appearance of blood at the onset of the menses …19C Brit. & US colloq.
n. 3. a prospect, chance, promise; an opportunity, opening …1856 Amer. dial.
n. 4. an exposure by a girl or woman of her thighs, breasts, or genitals to boys or men; usually said by boys from 10 to 15 years old …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
vb. to appear in person; to appear on the scene; to be present …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOW A CLEAN PAIR OF HEELS
vb. to depart hurriedly …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SHOW A FACE
 vb. to exhibit a bold front …1827 obs.
 
• SHOW A LOT OF HAIR
vb. to display courage …1960s Amer. sl.
 
• SHOWANCY
n. aggressiveness, pushiness …1952 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOW-AND-TELL PANTS
n. very tight-fitting men’s pants which reveal the outlines of the genitals …M20 US sl.
 
• SHOW A TRICK
vb. to outwit, to fool, to deceive …1982 NZ sl.
 
• SHOWBOAT
n. an attention-seeker or show-off …1953 sl., orig. & chiefly US
vb. to show off …1951 US sl.
 
• SHOW BUDDY
n. in the language surrounding the Grateful Dead: a friend with whom you team up for Grateful Dead tours …1994 US sl.
 
• SHOWCASE
n. 1. a hearse …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 2. a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 3. an entertainment, theatre, nightclub, rehearsal or performance whose main purpose is to show the merits of the performers to an audience of prospective employers, such as theatrical producers, booking agents, directors, or the like …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
n. 4. an audience many of whom were admitted on free tickets …Bk1974 Amer. theatre use
vb. to show off …1945 US sl.
 
• SHOWCASE NIGGER
n. a token Black employee …M20 US sl., derogatory
 
• SHOW DAYLIGHT
vb. of a rider: to allow one’s seat to leave the saddle …1929 Amer. dial.
 
• SHOWDOWN
adj. crucial, determining …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
n. 1. a meeting between two opposing people or parties to settle their disputes; a meeting between two antagonists …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
n. 2. the act of bringing facts out into the open where the persons concerned may known of them …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
n. 3. in prison: private time for sex …1972 US sl.
n. 4. in poker: the moment when betting is completed and the players show their hands …1982 US sl.
 
• SHOW DRINK
vb. to be or act intoxicated with alcohol …20C US sl.
 
• SHOWER
n. 1. a worthless collection of people …1941 UK sl.
n. 2. an ineffectual or incompetent person …1949 Brit. sl.
 
• SHOWER BATH
n. ten shillings …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘half a pound’
 
• SHOWER CAP
n. 1. a condom …1969 US sl.
n. 2. a birth control diaphragm …M20 US sl.
 
• SHOWER DOWN
vb. to whip a racehorse …Bk1974 Amer. jockey usage
 
• SHOWER OF SHIT
n. an unpleasant and worthless collection of people …1999 UK sl., derogatory
 
• SHOWER OF SHITE
n. an unpleasant and worthless collection of people …1999 UK sl., derogatory
 
• SHOWERS
n. 1. ten shillings …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘half a pound’ (Shower Bath)
n. 2. urination by one person on another, or other acts of urine fetishism …2003 UK sl.
 
SHOWER-SPANK
vb. 1989 US sl. – of a male: to masturbate in the shower
 
SHOWER-STICK
n. Bk1974 Amer. dial. & jocular usage – an umbrella
 
SHOW FOR
vb. 1969 Amer. dial. – of weather: to promise, to portend
 
SHOWFULL
adj. 1835 obs. – possible or actually counterfeit 
Etymology
– from German Schofel (worthless stuff, rubbish)
 
SHOW HACKLE
vb. M19 sl. – to be willing to fight
 
SHOW HAIR
vb. 1960s US sl. – of a sportsman: to play aggressively and well
 
SHOW HALL
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a movie theatre
 
SHOW HOUSE
n. 1. c1938 Amer. dial. – a movie theatre
n. 2. 1981 US sl. – a homosexual brothel
 
• SHOW HOW THE BEAR CAME OUT OF THE BUCKWHEAT
vb. 1917 Amer. dial. – to teach something
 
• SHOW HOW THE BEAR CAME OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS
vb. 1917 Amer. dial. – to teach something
 
SHOWIE
n. 1930s NZ sl. – a ‘showman’; one who owns or works at any of the various entertainment, food, etc. stands or pitches at shows or other public gatherings
 
SHOWING
n. 1884  Amer. dial. – a prospect, chance, promise; an opportunity, opening
 
SHOWING OUT
adj. 1965 Amer. dial. – tipsy, just beginning to show the effect of alcohol
 
SHOW-OFF
n. 20C Amer. colloq. – a person given to ostentatious behaviour; a braggart
vb. 20C Amer. colloq. – (usually as ‘show off’) to act like a show-off
 
SHOW ONE’S AGILITY
vb. 19C sl. – of a woman: to inadvertently reveal her vagina
 
SHOW ONE’S DRINK
vb. 20C US sl. – to be or act intoxicated with alcohol
 
SHOW ONE’S HEELS
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to depart hurriedly
 
SHOW ONE’S MAN
vb. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to use one’s authority; to domineer
 
SHOW ONE’S MUG
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to put in an appearance
 
SHOW ONE’S PACES
vb. c1870 colloq. – to display one’s ability
 
SHOW ONE THE DOOR
vb. 1778 – to dismiss
 
SHOW-OUT
n. 1954 Amer. dial. – a show-off, a braggart; a loud, self-assertive person
vb. 1841 Amer. dial. – (‘show out’) to make a display of oneself; to behave extravagantly, esp. in order to drawn attention to oneself; to brag, to show off
 
SHOW-SHOP
n. Bk1974 Amer. sl. – a theatre
 
SHOW SOMEONE WHERE TO HEAD IN
vb. 1966 Amer. dial. – to severely scold or reprimand
 
SHOW-STOPPING
adj. 20C colloq. – impressive; sensational
 
SHOW-UP
n. 1. 1929 US sl. – an identification parade
n. 2. Bk1974 Amer. sl. – a police line-up of suspected criminals, usually presented for possible identification by witnesses
vb. 1. 20C Amer. colloq. – (usually as ‘show up’) to expose or reveal someone; to make another person seem inefficient, ridiculous or inferior; to put to shame; to embarrass
vb. 2. 20C Amer. colloq. – to make a personal appearance; to arrive
 
SHOW-UP LINE
n. Bk1974 Amer. sl. – a police line-up of suspected criminals, usually presented for possible identification by witnesses
 
SHOW UP ON THE SKYLINE
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to appear; to become visible
 
SHOW WHERE THE BEAR SAT IN THE BUCKWHEAT
vb. 1947 Amer. dial. – to tell someone off; to put someone in his place
 
SHOW WHERE THE BEAR SHIT IN THE BUCKWHEAT
vb. 1966 Amer. dial. – to tell someone off; to put someone in his place


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Updated: September 9, 2022