Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue

‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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long, adj. 1. [mid-18C+] of numbers, large; thus long odds, high odds; long price, a high price; long purse, riches; long shillings, good wages. 2. [mid-19C+] abundant, esp. of money; thus long on under long adj. 3. [mid-19C+] a general intensifier, implying the extreme of a type. 4. [1910s+] used to describe a prisoner who still has most of their sentence to serve. 5. [1950s+] of a drug addiction, severe; thus a long jones, a severe habit. 6. [1990s+] financially successful. 7. [2010s] important, meaningful, effortful. 8. [2010s] tedious, boring.
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