Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shit n.

[OE scite/MLG Schite, dung + OE scitte, diarrhoea; SE 14C–late 17C, henceforth sl.]

1. in context of excrement.

(a) excrement.

[[UK]A. Montgomerie Invectiues Capitane Allexander Montgomeree and Pollvart in Parkinson Poems (2000) II line 172: They saw the schit all beschyttin].
[UK]N. Ward London Spy IV 83: The mixtures of Scents that arose from Mundungus-Tobacco, foul Sweaty Toes, Dirty Shirts, the Sh—t Tub, stinking Breaths and uncleanly Carcasses.
[Ire] ‘The Gentleman’s Study’ Dublin Mag. 22: Nor overcome by stink of S--t, Which in the Pot, and round about The Brim, and Sides, he squirted out.
[UK]Flash Mirror 11: Why is a greeny’s head like a slaughter house? — Because it is all blood and s—t.
[US]Night Side of N.Y. 98: Over there is where the nigger killed the white man some time since. They called it S— Alley.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) III 597: I could see [...] a smear of shit on her chemise.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Living (1978) 375: ’E ’ad no more use for me more’n a bit of shit on ’is shoe.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 62: The little well was slimy with excrement, which in English is shit.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 136: Two trees, four clouds, and a little piece of dog-shit in the foreground.
[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 20: The sink [...] was blocked and there were lumps of shit and pieces of paper floating in it.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 185: She [...] opened the door and was about to step in when she noticed a pile [...] of human shit on the elevator floor.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 22: Two hundred and fifty screaming convicts who burned cells and threw shit and piss on passing guards.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 49: I [...] used a plastic fork in the tank to pick them out of my shit.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 331: There was shitting involved. One female eating the other’s shit.
[UK]M. Rowson Stuff 93: The most revolting smell in the world, of farts and rotten eggs and cheesy socks moulied up with shit, piss and sick.

(b) an act of defecation.

implied in take a shit
[UK]E. Blair letter 4 Sept. in Complete Works X (1998) 228: As to new words, here are some [...] Pony = a shit.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 138: There was a young fellow named Bart / Who strained every shit through a fart.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 67: Everyone tried to get a couple of shits in the daytime.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 19: ‘Where the fuck d’you think you’ve been.’ [...] ‘’Avin’ a shit, sarge.’.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 35: I need a shit.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 168: During the siege a shit is like going and having your hair done.
[UK]Observer Mag. 5 Sept. 31: I need a big shit.
[UK]M. Rowson Stuff 49: He came down the landing to have a shit in the upstairs lavatory.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 233: Anais Hendricks took a long shit.

2. pertaining to individuals (or objects).

(a) a contemptible person; often in combs., e.g. little shit, dumb shit.

[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 261: Just to chaff him a bit / She said, ‘You old shit, / I can buy a dildo for a sovereign’.
[UK] ‘Nursery Rhymes’ in Pearl 5 Nov. 32: Said she, ‘You damned shit, / You can’t fuck a bit.’.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 387: She was revoltingly coarse in her talk [...] Everybody was also a bloody bugger or a bloody shit.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 128: Serve the little shit right.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 199: ’Oo’s the bloody shit ’o invented this way o’ doin’ up a fuckin’ overcoat?
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 26: ‘Go fuck yourself!’ the kid with the beer snarled. ‘Yuh shit!’ one of the other kids snapped back at him.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 20 Dec. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 7: My aunt & uncle are shits.
[US]Kerouac letter 30 Nov. in Charters II (1999) 85: Brando is a shit, doesnt answer letter from greatest writer in America.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘The Dance’ in Coll. Poems (1988) 156: [...] some shoptalking shit who leads me off / To supper and his bearded wife.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Confessions 65: He had to go between a file of Free State Army police shit who beat him with batons.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 23: I never knew before what a total shit I was.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 62: The little shit was wearing a pair of red silk moiré suspenders.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 245: The little shit! That’s so evil of him!
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] Terry Baine. That fat shit.
[UK]M. Rowson Stuff 31: Irredeemable lickspittling little shits.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] It’s not even recess yet you little shit.

(b) (orig. US black) constr. with the, of things or people, the best, the ideal, the ultimate.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 7: the shit – the best, the tops.
[US]Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘Tha Shiznit’ [lyrics] Snoop Dogg is the shit, beeatch!
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 219: Reassured, Babyboy bounds around the room, saying, ‘This is the shit’.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 45: Why they decided that The Shit should mean The Greatest I got no idea, maybe cos bad’s always meant good.
[UK]K. Richards Life 84: It was either that’s the shit or that isn’t the shit, no matter what kind of music you were talking about [...] there was a definite line of what the shit was and what wasn’t the shit.

(c) a person, irrespective of qualities.

[US]Maledicta IX 159: Shit need not mean feces in expressions such as cute little shit, get your shit together, tough shit, shit-list, hot shit, even full of shit; in these usages, shit is ‘almost neutral.’.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 153: His father was a good shit.

(d) a boastful, pretentious person, a braggart.

[UK]C. McPherson The Weir 16: Ah he’s only old shit. He wouldn’t have the nerve.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 105: ‘I can read you like a book.’ ‘And what page are you on now, sharpshit?’.

(e) (US black) oneself.

[US]Burns & Corthron ‘Know Your Place’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 9 [TV script] If these police out here knew how to fuck me even just a little, my shit’d be in handcuffs.

3. in fig./abstract uses.

(a) fig. anything seen as unpleasant and disgusting.

[UK]C. Pearl in Blatchford Memoirs (1983) 106: The Government is a load of shit.
[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 418: ‘Mud’ and ‘dirt’ were never mentioned in the army; all was ‘s–-t.’ A man who had been in a muddy trench would say he had been ‘up to his eyes in s–-t’.
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 313: I’m going back to my mother and leave you with all this shit and stink.
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 204: I told him he might not remember me, but he was a lump of s—t.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 98: Awl thayat shit on his nayils and evvrithin.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Living Black 187: We used to get all sorts of shit thrown at us, black bastards, niggers you name it.
[SA]E. Patel ‘The Advertisement’ in They Came at Dawn 10: Sally cunt whitening cream lightens your skin / sis that shit may / lighten and brighten / your soft black / velvet brown / beautiful bronze skin / but strusgod / your soul will never turn white in the night.
[US]P. Cornwell Cause of Death (1997) 168: It’s muddy and there’s shit all over the place [...] broken glass, rotting paper.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 8: Now, how about one of you motherfuckers goes and gets us some of that good-shit wine they got downstairs and not some of this po’ nigga shit that y’all sittin’ here drinkin?
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Why do roses need that chemical shit Harry’s spraying.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 14: There’s plenty a shit to go around here, kid [...] You breathe the same fuckin’ diseased air we breathe.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] When all that hideous shit with mum went down.

(b) an unpleasant situation; usu. as phr. in (the) shit

[US] in E. Wilson Prelude (1967) 274: Some shit!
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 101: They’ve only let us come up ’ere for a couple of days to ’ave a bon time before they send us up into the shit again.
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 368: The devil, six grate-bars have dropped. Damn the whole shit.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 21 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 311: You say [...] you will get a lot of noisy shit, perhaps even from the editor you send it to.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 136: Shit of a turn-out, init.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 8: I got you out of all sort of shit, ’fore I went in.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 85: I can’t believe this shit. That motherfucker ’P. at the gate is pulling me over. Look at that. Can you believe this shit?
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] It had been a shit of a week.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 20: So I was used to the life of shit that we were leading.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 13: Saturday there’s shit across the road here, I ring the cops, twenty minutes, I ring again, it’s a bloody riot out there, mate.

(c) problems, difficulties.

[US](con. 1917–19) Dos Passos Nineteen Nineteen in USA (1966) 479: Hell, I’m going to sea and get out of all the s––t.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 7 Apr. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 57: We were both distressed to read your letter & learn the packet of shit you had landed in.
[US]W. Burroughs letter 11 Jan. in Harris (1993) 79: When I think of all the shit you have to put up with in the States I wonder why I didn’t leave years ago.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 143: I been through twice the shit all you niggers been through.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 14: Don’t drag your ma and pa from out their graves to bail you out for all the shit.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 111: Nood’s gonna get fuckin’ shit for this.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Any shit at that front door, I’m goin right rapidly. Small edge of goin left, they say.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 27: Thir’s always fuckin somethin, isunt thir? Always some shit yuv got tuh deal with.
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Sam’s in shit because he’s bad news and now he has to cop it.

(d) (US) constr. with the, something bad.

[US]E. Hemingway letter c.13 Dec. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 266: Knowing nothing about James it seems to me to be the shit [...] You have read more and better ones than this doubtless but he seems an enormous fake in this.

(e) any inferior, rubbishy, shoddy or pretentious thing.

[US]E. Hemingway letter 5 Jan. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 143: If you want I’ll give you a card to him but cards are such shit.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 13 June in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 394: It is commonplace that I lack confidence that I am a man – what shit.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 212: You can stand just so much of that shit.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 258: Well, now, how do you like that ol’ shit?
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 37: He degrades the female sex by forcing his chicks to swallow all this shit.
[UK]A. Burgess Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 321: Now this, I reckon, is not shit.
[US]H. Ellison ‘A Boy and his Dog’ in Beast that Shouted Love (1976) 208: They ate artificial shit: artificial peas and fake meat [...] and it all tasted like chalk and dust to me.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 24: Ain’t that about a pound of pure shit!
[UK]W. Russell Educating Rita II v: You would have thrown it across the room and dismissed it as a heap of shit, wouldn’t you?
[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 170: The story is shit and I didn’t even attempt to explain Mary’s presence.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 26: We have the power [...] to see through shit and read muthafuckers.

(f) any thing (material or otherwise), irrespective of its actual quality, ‘stuff’.

[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 52: We’ll throw out all the other contributors and we’ll fill it with our own shit.
[US]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 224: Many executives go to the university in the summer to read up on philosophy and shit like that.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 183: Nobody had ever stuck me up or shit like that.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 65: Maybe buy myself a boat [...] Or a car. Maybe a stereo. Shit like that.
[US]Ice-T ‘Soul on Ice’ [lyrics] I got the flyest new shit rolling off gasoline.
[US]P. Beatty White Boy Shuffle 64: Nobody better be sitting at my desk. I had the shit last year and I want it back for good luck.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 27: The more money he makes, the more shit he manages to buy.
[UK]Observer Mag. 26 Sept. 37: Then we started to get into weird shit.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 38: Finish your beer [...] We got shit to do.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] Some people had fun lives and did shit like this all the time.
[US]J. Ellroy Hilliker Curse 29: I knew I’d sort my shit out at some point.
[UK]K. Richards Life 403: I’ve got my shit with me, needles and stuff.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 236: The social worker was all like [...] everyone else sees the small cat, but a schizophrenic looks, and they see a lion. ‘Trippy shit’ .
[US]‘Harry Brandt’ Whites 2: Too much of that shit [i.e. energy drinks] make you even more tired [...] Like a boomerang.

(g) nothing; thus in negative, anything, something; usu. as not mean (a) shit, not matter, not mean anything; not worth a shit phr.

[US]J.H. Burns Lucifer with a Book 57: I’ll study shit, said Buddy Brown under his breath.
[US]E. Hemingway in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 1 June: However Wilson is on me doesn’t mean a shit.
[US]J.A. Williams Night Song (1962) 118: This cat ain’t sayin’ shit to nobody.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 89: I told him like I did every stud / that it wasn’t shit for me to drink two or three fifths a some real good blood.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 52: They were Puerto Ricans just like we were, but this didn’t mean shit, under our need to keep our reps.
[US]Sepe & Telano Cop Team 80: I don’t have to show you shit.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 37: He’s getting big bucks and he ain’t doing shit.
[US]S. King Cujo (1982) 40: He did not know Roger Breaksone from shit. [Ibid.] 220: Maybe doesn’t matter shit one way or the other.
[US]S. King Christine 1: Yeah, I know that doesn’t mean donkeyshit.
[US](con. 1968) Bunch & Cole Reckoning for Kings (1989) 289: I wasn’t thinking shit.
[UK](con. 1956) P. Theroux My Secret Hist. (1990) 5: You don’t know shit about guns.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 14: Foot massages don’t mean shit.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 10: Too fat with themselves to know shit.
[UK]Observer Mag. 22 Aug. 14: That’s why you English don’t win shit.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 26: I wouldn’t change shit man.
[US]A.N. LeBlanc Random Family 330: She did all that time for nothing. She did all that time for shit.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 283: Cyrus’s homeys won’t say shit to those cracker cops.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Worst fucking job in my life. Getting paid shit to be nice to people’.
[UK]K. Richards Life 300: You had actually crossed a border and nobody knew shit or did shit about it.
[US]P. Beatty Sellout (2016) 85: Spanky didn’t do shit but fuck bitches.

(h) abuse, offensive and contemptuous treatment, usu. as give someone shit or take shit

implied in take shit
[US]R. Abrahams Deep Down In The Jungle 149: Then the monkey’s wife started her shit, / ‘See that, monkey, that’s what you git / Going around signifying and shit’.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 155: I don’t want no shit out of you.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] shit [...] 3. complaints, criticism. (‘I’ve been getting a lot of shit from my landlord.’).

(i) (orig. US black) a general abstract term, a thing, a situation, an opinion or idea; the precise meaning varies as to the context, e.g. I don’t like this shit, I don’t like what’s happening.

[US] ‘Badman Dan and Two-Gun Green’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 127: Now as she danced to the beat of the band, / The clock struck one, and the shit began.
[US]R. Abrahams Deep Down In The Jungle 149: Then the monkey’s wife started her shit, / ‘See that, monkey, that’s what you git / Going around signifying and shit’.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 114: He even had a Chinese girl hustling for him, and that was some shit that nobody else in Harlem had ever done.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 16: You musta thought I was a real lame, pullin’ some cold shit like this.
[UK]B. Beckham My Main Mother 148: That job shit you talking don’t make no sense.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 104: There was all this pot and pill shit goin’.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 5: I got plenty big shit behind me.
[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 137: This is the shit the Duke laid down.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 376: If you were going to have classical shit, you ought to go the whole hog and have your Beethoven.
[US]L.K. Truscott IV Dress Gray (1979) 300: Isn’t that some shit?
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 158: He’s into a lot of shit, gambling, bookmaking, all that.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 39: Don’t bring up that shit, hear?
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 311: My shit wouldn’t appear to be so ragged.
Source Oct. 188: That shit was ugly.
[US]Source Aug. 32: Man, shit ain’t the same no mo.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 234: This is real life, Penn. Forget that TV shit.

(j) in abstract use, one’s possessions, one’s actions, one’s life.

[US] ‘Sugar Hill’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 94: But still I packed my shit that night to make my getaway.
[US]T. Whitmore Memphis-Nam-Sweden 181: Her Indian bag fell off her shoulder and all its shit spilled across the floor.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 139: Plus my shit was gettin’ together too.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 79: Nothing like a blond white bitch with movie star looks [...] to drool that punk and chill the shit of that nigger bitch you done blowed.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 115: The shrapnel was on the surface, not embedded all the way back in my brain. It still fucked my shit up.
[UK]J. Healy Streets Above Us (1991) 46: Only thing is some got their shit under control more than others.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 151: If you wanna hang with us, you better be down for your shit.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 273: Someone [...] evened the odds when they blew up Chink and Jumbo’s shit.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 70: Damn, thinks Khop. He wants his shit tight.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 74: All I’m sayin’ to you is that when some motherfucking two-ton toad gets up in your face, starts [...] playing you, you’re gonna want some righteous woods to stand up for you. Some good old dawgs to fuck that toad’s shit up.

4. in senses of communication.

(a) nonsense, rubbish, lies, prevarications; often in talk shit

[US]E. Hemingway letter 24 Oct. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 264: That terrible shit about the nobility of any gent belonging to another race than our own (whatever it is) was worth checking.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 4 June in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 414: If you want any blurbs from big shots and sportsmen to satisfy your owners that they are not buying shit with their nickels can get them for you.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 64: For all I know it may be just so much shit.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 181: I served long enough to know enough not to be snowed with this Old Army shit.
[UK]G. Melly Owning Up (1974) 141: Ian usually finished up by accusing me of talking a load of liberal humanist shit.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 9: So no more of that shit.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 166: I gave the information officer I spoke to a line of shit.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 10: It’s not a load of shit either [...] we got it straight from the armed hold-up boys.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 297: It don’t make sense to name the child no African shit!
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We Have No 340: Any bugger that tries that Nazi shit with me, I’ll hand him his balls on a platter.
[UK]Guardian Editor 28 Jan. 10: That shit has got to stop. Where if you’re intelligent [...] and you go to school, then you’re considerd a wannabe white. That’s just some ignorant shit.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 131: ‘“You’re a Slob? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ shit to me?” Pow, pow!’.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 23: You could see the unbroken mural of tattoos running from the top of each shoulder [...] The usual ex-con shit: snakes, screaming skulls, naked sluts [etc.].
[UK]K. Richards Life 8: The way they reacted to our looks [...] ‘Hello, darling’, and all that shit.

(b) influence.

[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 147: ‘Can’t do anything for you, pal,’ he said to Unger, ‘I’m just a guest here. I don’t pull no shit.’.

(c) (negative) information.

[US]M. McAlary Crack War (1991) 35: We good good shit on the Cat.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 166: You’ve got shit on me, I’ve got shit on you, and we’ve both got plenty of shit on Snapper.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 275: Maybe Danny G. had shit on Linus Lauter, maybe he didn’t —.

5. with ref. to drugs.

(a) (also shite) heroin, occas. morphine.

[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 250: I tell him he can take his shit’n push it hisself.
[US]I. Rosenthal Sheeper 111: ‘You’re sure you don’t want a taste?’ he says, drawing the junk up into his dropper. ‘You’re sure now? It’s good shit.’.
[US]R. Stone Dog Soldiers (1976) 12: ‘Now let’s see if it’s really shit,’ he said sniffing at it.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘Whitey’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 214: It wasn’t the greatest shit we’d ever had but it got us straight.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 12: It’s [i.e. morphine] really good shit, man. Pharmaceutical.
[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 47: Shit general term for illegal drugs (marijuana not included): u. a coulda use some shit/I need a fix.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] [W]hen you’re strung out you don’t look beyond getting the shite into you anyway.
[US]Source Oct. 152: ‘Go get my shit,’ Prince pleaded with Killah. ‘Go get my shit!’.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 4: He boiled up his morning shot and dug the spike into his eye. It was the only place left he could still get the shit into his body.
[US](con. 1962) E. Bunker Stark 19: I could nail him with enough shit to put him away for twenty years.
[UK]K. Richards Life 297: Now I’m on the morphine [...] So, first things first, I need some shit.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 10 July [Internet] ‘I recall Neil (Armfield) saying, “Oh Jack, I’d like to see you performing without any of that shit in your system”’.

(b) cannabis.

[US]Neurotica Autumn 45: Senor, this shit is the end.
[UK]F. Norman in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 63: A conversation between a hop head (cocaine or morphine addict) and a shit smoker (marijuana addict) goes a bit like this. We will call them the junky and the viper.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 147: The reason I don’t smoke shit is that it’s a hallucinatory high.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 44: He sucked on the joint, muttering ‘dynamite shit’ inanely.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 171: Me an’ some brothers gon’ [...] score a righteous brick o’ shit.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 24: A maryjane haze – four years later the shit still smelled good.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 27: That shit burns. Oh man son, that shit is so hard. It done make my ears numb son.
[Aus] A. Savage ‘Killing Peacocks’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I was just wondering if you want to buy some weed [...] It’s good shit.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] It’s primo shit [...] A sweet, mellow high.

(c) (also shite) any form of drug.

[US]Kerouac letter 10 May in Charters I (1995) 348: The bed was a straw pallet on crisscross sticks [...] under which Saint Junkey kept his fixings and shit.
[US]Kerouac letter 13 Sept. in Charters II (1999) 134: I’m genuinely actually no shit afraid of walking down North Beach and all of a sudden some old buddy rushes up with pockets loaded with shit and the cops swoop in.
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 133: [of methedrine] The shit, sir, if you’re referring to the products of Parke Davis, is scattered on my dresser.
[US]N. von Hoffman We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 51: Too many dishonest, crooked bad-shit peddlers.
[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 41: Coming down from the shit he was on was like getting hit by the bends.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 237: I told him to let the bummer roll and buy himself a bag of good shit.
[Can]M. Atwood Cat’s Eye (1989) 357: ‘What shit have they got you on?’ I say. ‘Some sort of tranquilizers,’ she says.
[UK]M. Dibdin Dark Spectre (1996) 26: Vince said he knew the dealer, though, and it was bound to be good shit whatever it was.
[US]Eminem ‘Drug Ballad’ [lyrics] If I could take it all back now, I wouldn’t / I would have did more shit that people said that I shouldn’t.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 28: I bring the shite in. Almost immediately I move it on to the boys that make the real money.

(d) cocaine; crack cocaine.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 57: This coke is special shit from [...] Bolivia.
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 22: Blacks have proved they can organize and sell the shit, but the Indians don’t know how to deal with the Black cats.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 367: Greg is fucked up on that shit. He hittin’ that pipe almost every day.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 59: Y’all keep that shit [i.e. cocaine] down back there.
[US]M. Baker Bad Guys 23: She was a crack monster [...] skinny neck they get smoking that shit.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 9: I wouldn’t touch that shit, it’s fuckin poison.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 344: It’s better than that Columbian shit.
[US]J. Madeleine ‘How We Come Undone’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] Maybe those fuckers at the crack house had sold her some shit.

(e) methamphetamine.

[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] I’m lookin’ for some shit, if you know what I mean [...] Some crank.

6. (US) money.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 189: ‘Shine, Shine, you save poor me,’ say, ‘I’ll make you as rich as any black man can be.’ / Shine says, ‘Your money’s good, it’s good as gold, / but there’s other shit on the other shore.’.
[US](con. 1968) Bunch & Cole Reckoning for Kings (1989) 289: We must’a collected twenty or thirty grand’s worth of shit.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 439: ‘I figure you got plenty of shit for Tiger South and your Cuban run.’ ‘How much?’ ‘Thirty-five, which is a yard-sale fucking price.’.

7. as a general negative intensifier, e.g. would I shit! did she shit!

[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 224: Did it get me any work? Did it shit?

8. in Und. or prison uses.

(a) (US Und.) gunfire.

[US]T. O’Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone (1980) 14: ‘I’d guess someone is hurt. That was a lot of shit.’ [...] ‘Why don’t they stop shooting?’ I said.

(b) (Aus. prison) prison food.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Shit. 1. Food.

(c) (Aus. prison) tobacco.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Shit. 3. Tobacco.

(d) (US) a criminal.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 41: The way the straights and the shits were mixed up over there, no sensible citizen would freely give a cop good information with all sorts of criminal elements [...] memorizing faces.

(e) (US Und.) any form of weapon.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 106: A gun (piece, roscoe, my shit).
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 88: Shit Any weapon.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Big Ego’s’ [lyrics] I roll wit my shit off safety – for niggaz that been hatin me lately / and the bitches that wanna break me.

(f) (US prison) violence; a prison riot.

[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 50: They try to pull this lock-down shit in Kansas and the shit would’ve jumped off big-time.

(g) (US prison) HIV or AIDS.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Shit: HIV / AIDS. As in ‘She’s got the shit, be careful about letting her use your rig!’.
[US]POZ Jan. [Internet] Then a friend told her shed heard that Derrick had ‘the shit’ street slang for HIV.

In derivatives

beshit (adj.)

fouled with excrement.

[UK]‘Is It B Flat or B Sharp?’ in Rummy Cove’s Delight in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 101: I do not know a whit / Of B flat, or B sharp, koind zirs, but I am all B—s—t.
shitless (adj.)

see separate entry.

shitted (adj.)

terrified.

[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 120: Numma Eleven’s too shitted to move.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 131: The whole class stared, arse-lickers, swots, tearaways, braggers, bullies, victims, all wide-eyed, fascinated, shitted too.
Shitville (n.) [-ville sfx1 ]

(US) a very out-of-the-way, rural place.

[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 13: A backwoodsman or hick comes from OwI-Shit Junction, or plainly from Shitville.

In compounds

little shit (n.)

(Aus.) an insignificant (and unpleasant) young person.

[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] We were two little shit teenagers from Brisbane with no parental supervision.
shitabed (n.) (also shite-a-bed)

a general term of abuse; also as adj.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 103: The bunsellers or cake-makers [...] did injure them most outrageously, calling them prattling gabblers, shite-a-bed scoundrels, drunken roysters.
[UK]Pagan Prince 29: The Arragonian Bakers [...] gave them ill Language, calling them Tooth-Gapers, Sherks, Shittabeds, Slubberdegullions .
shit-all

see separate entries.

shit ass

see separate entries.

shitbag (n.)

1. the stomach; thus shitbags, the guts.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues VI 181: shitbag = the belly: in pl. = the guts.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘The Shearer’s Lament’ in Snatches and Lays 72: The skin on her gut was rotten; / I cursed and swore as her shitbag tore / And reached for my needle and cotton.

2. (also shite-bag) a general pej. term, whether of people or things; occas. attrib.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 121: Give the ignorant shit-bag a fucking great gob of your toffology.
[UK] ‘Horseferry Road’ M. Page Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 114: Fuck you! I just came from the trenches in France, / Where [...] brave men were dying for shit-bags like you.
[UK]R.L. Finn Time Remembered (1985) 52: Get out of the bleeding way you shitbag!
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 128: ‘Don’t you feel a bit of a shitbag though,’ I said, ‘not doing a hard day’s work?’.
[UK](con. mid-1960s) J. Patrick Glasgow Gang Observed 136: Dave Malloy, who was ‘huckled’ while still screaming full-throated challenges in the middle of the street to the ‘fuckin’ shit-bags’ to stand and fight.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 154: Fuck you, shitbag.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 220: You know what I want shitbags. And you know what I’ve got.
[US]W. Kotzwinkle Midnight Examiner (1990) 41: Eat your socks, you shitbag!
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 547: Tha’ sort o’ thing is wasted on shite-bags like them, said Jimmy Sr.
[UK](con. 1950s) J. Byrne Slab Boys [film script] 76: Whit aboot you bein’ a devious wee shitebag an’ yur maw should’ve strangled you at birth?
[UK]Observer Mag. 7 Nov. 22: It’s a shit-bag teen horror film with nothing horrifying about it.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 17: If I had a groat for every time some smooth talkin’ shitebag’s said that.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 152: You and your father are shitbags of quite epic proportions.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 343: That’s what it was: a good guy officer versus a shitbag.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 345: He drinks the fear in Kelvin’s eyes. He is fronting it, but knows that Kelvin is too much of a shitebag to discern the difference.

3. attrib. use of sense 2.

[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Target’ Wire ep. 1 [TV script] Why the fuck’re you talking to some shitbag judge??

4. (US black/teen) a colostomy bag.

[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 145: You shoot ’em in the stomach [...] Have to wear a shitbag for the rest of they life.
shitball (n.)

(US) a general term of abuse.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 157: Ain’t the little shitball I chased outta the ‘Roost’.
[SA]D. Muller Whitey 90: T’little shitballs leaning out o’ they cockpits.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 361: This little shitball runs out in the street blowing his whistle and waving his arms.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 282: Get that little shitball out here.
[UK]Observer Mag. 7 Nov. 20: Well, after you throw that shit ball at me, I don’t know if it’s disingenuous or not.
shitbird

see separate entries.

shit-box (n.) [SE box/box n.1 (1d)]

1. (Aus. prison) a portable latrine.

[UK](con. 1940s) G. Dutton Andy 61: You want to take a look at those new shit-boxes of yours.

2. a run-down vehicle.

[US] in S. Terkel Amer. Dreams (1982) 177: We didn’t have shit boxes like they had in the movie.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 221: What’re you doing driving this shitbox, and why’re you tailing me?
[US]Burns & Price ‘Home Rooms’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 3 [TV script] The guy drives a shit-box.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 9: Anything else in there? Tell us now or we’ll rip that shitbox to shreds .
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Chloe’s shitbox Crown Victoria was parked in the lot.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] They had to get Telly’s car [...] They finally pulled up behind Telly’s shitbox.

3. attrib. use of sense 2.

[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 278: The cheap cassette player in the dash of his shitbox truck.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 617: The little red shitbox car was gone.

4. anything bad or inferior.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 18: Les was just about stone broke [...] and living in a shitbox at Bondi Junction.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 6: shitbox – anything dilapidated, of poor quality: Your house is a real shitbox.
shit-brained/shitbrains

see separate entries.

shit-breath (n.)

(US) a general term of abuse.

[US]Simon & Burns ‘Boys of Summer’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 1 [TV script] Fuck yourself in the forty, shit-breath.
shit bucket (n.) [initial letters]

(S.Afr.) the Special Branch.

[US]J. Sikakane Window on Soweto 73: The shit buckets (meaning the Special Branch) banned me.
shitbum

see separate entries.

shitcan/-canned

see separate entries.

shit-cart (n.)

a nightsoil cart; a refuse lorry; also attrib.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 69: Just our luck to have clicked ‘shit-cart’ on a Monday.
[Aus]D. Martin Hero of Too 324: Now I’m talking,’ He took a deep breath. ‘The shit-cart director [...] I even love your rotten dunnies.’.
[UK]Observer 7 Aug. 43/3: The desire for atonement by apprenticeship to filth, emptying shit-carts and suffering the air force’s bullshit.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] I imagined being a shit-cart driver and decided it wouldn’t be quite as bad as waitressing or retail.
shit-catchers (n.) (also poop-catchers)

(Aus.) knickerbockers, any form of notably baggy trousers.

[Aus]D. Horne Educ. Young Donald 96: Knickerbockers, known among boys as ‘poop catchers’ or ‘shit catchers’ [AND].
[Aus]G. Robinson Decades of Duntroon Bastard 33: ‘Shit-catchers’ was the colloquial name for knickerbocker trousers, then commonly worn by teenage boys in Sydney [AND].
A. Vernon Clearing Season 194: The jeans were so baggy they looked like shit-catchers.
(con. 1950s) C. Rush Hellfire & Herring 111: Heads down, we stared in passing at his plus-fours, the shit-catchers, which all the fishermen said they wouldn't be seen dead in.
J.L. Hurst Night Tony Shot the Lights Out 347: He was wearing a fancy striped shirt and those drape pants, shit catchers I think they call them.
shit-chute (n.) (also shitshoot)

1. the anus.

[US]G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 156: The hand-gesture is still very much alive [...] often accompanied with the spoken catchphrases [...] ‘Up your ass!’ ‘Up your gig!’ ‘Up your poop-a-doop!’ ‘Up your fur-lined shit-shoot!’ and the like.
[US]P. Hamill Flesh and Blood (1978) 53: It’d fill your shit chute, man! [Ibid.] 201: Up your shit chute, cocksucker.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 168: You sure she’s a girl and not some shit-chute poke acting fly?
[US]‘Bill E. Goodhead’ Nubile Treat [Internet] Ned reached forward and cupped his mother’s tits while pistoning her shit chute with his whanger.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 45: They beg ya to give it to’em up the shitshoot, they plead with ya.

2. a disgusting, filthy place.

[US]J. Ellroy ‘The Trouble I Cause’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 186: Sixty sunken-faced sub-felons sunk in a subterranean shit chute.
shit-coloured (adj.)

(US black) a derog. term applied to a light-skinned black person who tries to pass as white.

[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 182: Now ain’t that a bitch? If anybody think they white, it’s you, you half-white shit-colored bastard.
shit creek (n.)

see separate entry.

shit detail (n.) [SE detail, a job]

(orig. milit.) any unpleasant or dirty task.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 17: Working a shit detail there.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 33: I’m on the shit detail.
[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 64: One last shell came in, landing in the middle of a pile of full body bags, making a mess that no one wanted to clean up, ‘a real shit detail’.
[US](con. 1964–73) W. Terry Bloods (1985) 55: The second lieutenant [...] he was dumb, because he would volunteer us for all kinds of shit details to get brownie points.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 193: The grunt has a flesh-colored plastic leg. He’s pulling a shit detail, policing up cigarette butts.
[US]M. McAlary Crack War (1991) 20: The Inwood Post was generally regarded as a shit detail.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Old Cases’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 4 [TV script] ‘Herc, you need to be on top of the roof’ [...] ‘Again I get the shit detail?’.
shit-disturber (n.)

1. (Can.) a trouble-maker.

Ottawa Citizen 14 Nov. 5/3: ‘We were to be “shit-disturbers”.’ Those who suggested conventional approaches were told to get out of the CYC.
Ottowa Jrnl 30 Oct. 1/6: It was in the Kingston penitentiary where he admited he was a [...] shit disturber.
Nanaimo Dly News (B.C.) 20 Feb. 4/4: She’ s a little princess and she’s a shit disturber.
Nanaimo Dly News (B.C.) 16 Mar. 4/2: ‘Every one who was in the car [...] were bad asses, little shit disturbers’.

2. a malicious gossip.

booya on Urban Dict. [Internet] shit disturber A person who because of their very nature, insults random people, picks fights, and likes to stir up trouble. look at that dude in a fight again.... what a little shit disturber.
[UK]Guardian 9 Oct. [Internet] The manifesto at the back of the bi-monthly explains who is behind the publication: ‘We are a loose global network of artists, writers, environmentalists, ecological economists, media-literacy teachers, reborn lefties, ecofeminists, downshifters, high-school shit-disturbers, campus rabble-rousers, incorrigibles, malcontents and green entrepreneurs’.
shit-eater/-eating

see separate entries.

shit-eating grin (n.)

see separate entry.

shitface/-faced

see separate entries.

shit factory (n.)

(US) the buttocks.

[US]S. King Stand (1990) 740: I might just pull the trigger [...] Blow your shit-factory all to hell and gone.
shit-fight (n.)

1. a bitterly contested struggle, e.g. a sporting encounter.

[UK]Indep. Sport 15 Nov. 7: It will be the biggest shit-fight you’ve ever seen.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] He should of just given me the photos, could have avoided the entire shitfight, bet he was wishing to God he had.

2. chaos; a chaotic situation.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 15: It was fast turning into a complete shitfight of voyeurs, rescuers and milling scuba divers.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] A case I’d gotten involved with degerated into an absolute shit-fight when the lawyer who’d hired me ended up trying to kill me.
shitfire

see separate entries.

shitfit (n.)

(US) an emotional outburst.

[US]T.T. Chamales Never So Few (1958) 168: That pilot really had a shit fit over the length of the field.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 47: Coach has been having shitfits.
[US]S. King Christine 45: I can’t take it home like this, Dennis, my dad and mom would have a shit fit!
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 22: The captain’d call me over and have a shit fit reading me the riot act, complete with bugged eyes and bloody foam at the mouth.
[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] shitfit (compound noun) any kind of a small fit.
shitfuck

see separate entries.

shit-gibbon (n.)

(US) a general insult, usu. characterizing Donald Trump.

alt.music.tragically-hip 21 Mar. [Internet] Good luck and goodbye to the most sick-making, hypocritical bunch of shitgibbons i’ve yet encountered on the Web!
Twitter 30 Nov. [Internet] Flicking through tv channels thinking to myself ‘cunt, wanker, oxygen thief, slag, orange twat, smug tosser, unfunny shitgibbon’.
Twitter 24 June [Internet] Scotland voted to stay & plan on a second referendum, you tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon.
Twitter 7 Feb. [Internet] Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!
shithead

see separate entries.

shitheap (n.)

1. a dirty, unpleasant, disgusting place or object.

[US]L. McMurtry Horseman, Pass By (1997) 55: His cousin thought Thalia was a shitheap of a town.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 193: Shit-heap A messy room.
[UK]Guardian 16 Sept. 8/3: I’m right in the middle of this shit heap.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 1357: ‘Isn’t the car pointing the wrong way?’ ‘Right now it is. But if we can get this shitheap running, we’ll fix that.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 12 Dec. 3/6: He is paying [...] $400 a week for a house in Canberra, which he has described [...] as a ‘shitheap’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 114: We got one of those shitheaps in a fire the other night.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 91: There wouldn’t be the power in that shit-heap to power yer mott’s dildo.
[UK]Observer 23 Jan. 113/2: This shit-heap of a cuntry.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] This hotel is a shitheap, Jack [...] I wanna to get outta here.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]K. Huff A Steady Rain I ii: This shitheap tenement where she lived.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 52: The repo men yanked my shitheap Datsun a few years ago.
[UK]Camden New Journal 24 Jan. 2: Commons hears plight of ‘shit-heap’ homes tenants.

3. a contemptible person.

[US]S. King Stand (1990) 980: Someone clapped him on the back [...] and he thought: Someday you’re going to lose your hand for that, shitheap.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 164: Ronnie, you crawling Cork shit-heap.
shit-heel

see separate entries.

shithole

see separate entries.

shithook (n.) [note US milit. use shithook, CH-47 ‘Chinook’ helicopter] (orig. US campus)

1. a foolish, clumsy person.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 66: shithookn Person who does silly or foolish things (usually playful).

2. an unpleasant, aggressive individual.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS.
shit hot

see separate entries.

shithouse

see separate entries.

shitkick/kicker/kicking

see separate entries.

shit-licking (adj.)

(US) a term of abuse, applied to homosexuals.

[US]J. Krantz Scruples 296: Serves him right, the shit-licking murderer—who’ll suck his cock now?
shit list (n.) (also s-list)

a list of people one considers distasteful, untrustworthy and otherwise unacceptable; similarly extended to places.

[US]M. Berger ‘Army Lang.’ in AS XX:4 Dec. 262: Shit list, [...] a list of men one dislikes and is anxious to see embarrassed or inconvenienced.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 43: Then I would of been on Dynamite’s good list instead of on his shitlist. If only I’d of listened to my dear sainted mother.
[US]M. Spillane Return of the Hood 48: You’re on everybody’s ‘S’ list.
[US]G. Cuomo Among Thieves 214: That’s all Delft has to hear, and ker-boom, you’re on his shit list.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 73: Things like that got people on my shit list fast.
[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 53: Los Hermanos Supermarket is on the SNU shit list for coke and smack dealings.
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 120: Now, what put Twinkies on your shit-list, boy?
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I’m, still driving around in the fucken rain [...] number eight on the new Commissioner’s Top Ten shit list.
[US]F. Kellerman Stalker (2001) 95: What’d you do to get on his shit list?
[SA]Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 29 Dec. [Internet] Who made your shit list in 2K9?
shitload (n.)

see separate entries.

shitman (n.)

1. (Aus.) one who gossips maliciously.

[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 9: He did not want to lob into any of the pubs where the stiffs and warbs hung out. There was enough shitmen, daggers, and pullemasides in the Western Suburbs where he lived and terrible turked.

2. (Aus. prison) an unimportant person.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Shitman. A nonentity.
[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 253: [The policeman] is not a friend of mine. I hate the shitman. [Ibid.] 286: Now grab those other shitmen and get out of here.

3. (Aus. prison) thus, an assistant, one who is low(er) in the hierarchy.

[Aus]Adamson & Hanford Zimmer’s Essay 56: In nearly every prison in New South Wales, every shit man is a coon.
[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 18: Harold had two stripes on his jacket and I was the shitman: I had only one stripe.
shit-pan (n.)

1. a general term of abuse.

[UK]P. Larkin letter 23 June in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 17: These men are shit-pans, come-pots and toss-bottles.

2. the anus.

[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 28: You been up my shit-pan so many times it still hurts.
shitpaper (n.)

(Aus./US) lavatory paper.

[Aus]B. Oakley Salute to the Great McCarthy 40: You and that rag of yours you print on shit-paper.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 40: Ya fuckin dog food and douche bags [...] an no smell shit paper.
[US](con. 1968) D.A. Dye Citadel (1989) 321: No shit-paper. Hadn’t planned on taking a dump in the middle of flag-raising.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 239: May as well use that noble charter for shitpaper.
[SA]P. Hotz Muzukuru 193: If Smith and his army had a piece of shit paper with a Frelimo stamp on it, those guards’d let them through.
shit pie (n.)

nothing.

[UK]K. Sampson Powder 292: Your band may well be the hottest thing on eight legs in England, Wheezer, but, boringly, it doesn’t mean shit pie here in the States.
shit-pit (n.) (also shite pit, shit pen)

1. a lavatory.

[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 25: Ah sit as far back as ah can, withoot sliding intae the shit-pit below ays.

2. any dirty and/or disgusting place.

[US]M. Petit Peacekeepers 88: This place looks like a shit pen.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 14: The wallpaper is horrific in this shite-pit ay a room.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 260: My room’s a shit pit; it reeks of vanilla, so I open my window.
shitpot

see separate entries.

shitpull (n.)

(US) a struggle.

[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 403: The grays are in a shitpull here. For maybe the first time in their history, they’re in an actual battle for control.
shit-ringer (n.) [SAusE ringer, a stockman]

(Aus.) a stockman.

[Aus]‘William Hatfield’ Into (Great?) Unfenced 61: How d’ you mean – a job? – Here? I’m not a shit ringer. Don’t know which end of a bull’d bite me! No, I’m a shearer [AND].
[Aus]X. Herbert Poor Fellow my Country 403: Looks like I won’t be makin’ a shit-ringer out o’ you after all [AND].
shitsack (n.)

see separate entry.

shit sandwich (n.)

1. a humbling experience; ‘humble pie’.

[US]Current Sl. II:4 9: Shit sandwich, with every day a bite, n. A long-lasting unpleasant situation.
[US]W.J. Caunitz One Police Plaza 258: Life ain’t nothing but a shit sandwich.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 11: I can [...] go back to the Spanish cunt and eat myself a great big shit sandwich, and buy at his price.
[US]Gordon & Trainor Cobra II 314: McKiernan would later tell Thurman that he ‘ate a shit sandwich’.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 59: All the makings of a shit sandwich. I see no joy, suffering all round.
A. Massie in Spectator 29 Jan. [Internet] Having to eat a sh-t [sic] sandwich is one thing; making it yourself is quite another.

2. (N.Z.) homosexual anal intercourse.

[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 101/1: shit sandwich male homosexual act.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
shit-scared (adj.)

see separate entry.

shit-shoe (n.) (also shit-shod)

one who has trodden in excrement.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues VI 181: shit-shoe (or shit-shod) = derisive to one who has bedaubed his boot.
shit-show (n.)

a disaster; chaos.

Yearbk Eur. Convention on Human Rights 410: We don’t want this shit-show any longer.
[US]Spin Sep. 102: The bar is a complete shitshow, with a drunken banker type growling a profane version of ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.’ It only gets worse from there.
C. Wattie Contact Charlie n.p.: ‘It’s a shit show — a complete fucking shit show,’ Dupuis grumbled.
A. Friedman Knives at Dawn 123: ‘Shit show’ is one of Kaysen’s favorite expressions. ‘That first morning was a shit show. ... Total shit show.’.
[UK]Guardian 13 Aug. [Internet] How many people can now keep the whole equation of Labour’s shitshow in their heads, let alone care to?
Twitter 29 Jan. [Internet] There are multiple directors in this shitshow, multiple parties abusing this office for their own gain.
shit-skin

see separate entries.

shit-sniffer (n.)

a term of abuse.

[US]W. Wharton Midnight Clear 139: What if there is a bunch of shit sniffers wanting to give up. Why not?
shit-squirting (adj.)

(US) dirty, disgusting.

[NZ]K. Dunn Geek Love 209: Do this shit-squirting job and then worry about that!
shit-stabber (n.) (also shit-puncher, shit-stirrer)(orig. gay)

a male homosexual.

[US]Maledicta III:2 233: Still more words of this fucking vocabulary are [...] shit-stabber.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: shit stabber n. Pork swordsman.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 186: shit-puncher/stabber/stirrer Aggressive male homosexual. ANZ.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 210: Couplea fuckin homs. — Yeh. Chutney ferrets. — Shit stabbers.
shit-stabbing (n.) [backform. f. shit-stabber ]

an act of anal intercourse, usu. in a male homosexual context.

[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 31: I reckon that he’s been daein a bit ay mainlining or shit-stabbing on the Q.T.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 97: In instances of glamour magic the sorcerer himself had to be on the receiving end of the shitstabbing.
shitstain (n.)

(orig. US) a fool, thus a general insult.

[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] shitstain (noun) stupid person. Somewhat stronger than calling someone a ‘shit.’.
[UK]N. Palmer ‘Vegan Reich’ in Home Suspect Device 19: These shit-stains are [...] giving me a king-size headache with their fucking bongoes.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] I just called him a duplicitous shit-stain.
shitstem (n.) [SE system]

(UK black) the white power structure.

[UK]A. Wheatle Dirty South 139: Don’t believe what the shitstem has planned for you [...] you have all the potential in the world.
shit-stick (n.) [SE stick/stick n. (1a)]

1. a contemptible person.

[UK] in Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Cacastecchi.
[Aus]J. Hibberd Dimboola (2000) 71: You old shit-stick.

2. (US) the penis, esp. when used for anal intercourse.

[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].

3. (US) an inferior cigarette.

[US]Simon & Burns ‘Bomb in the Garden’ Generation Kill ep. 7 [TV script] A cigarette factory [...] where they make these Iraqi shit-sticks.
shit-stirrer (n.)

1. a malicious gossip, a trouble maker; a political activist.

[Aus]F.J. Hardy Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 105: He was [...] playing his well-known role as people’s writer and shit-stirrer extraodinary. [Ibid.] 177: All my life I’ve wanted to stir the shit of a shit-stirrer.
[Aus](con. 1930s) F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 33: We don’t want any shit-stirrers here, we’ve got enough of our own without blow-ins. Get out.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1054/2: late C.19–20.
[UK]P. Barker Blow Your House Down 21: She was [...] well into her eighties, very religious – and a champion shit-stirrer. Every Christmas she’d go from one to the other, stirring like mad.
[UK]Observer Mag. 7 Nov. 17: He is a kind of a shit stirrer.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] shit-stirrer n. somone who enjoys causing trouble for others.

2. see shit-stabber

shit-stirring (n.) (also shit-disturbing)

gossiping maliciously in the hope of causing trouble.

[Aus]F.J. Hardy Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 97: Come on, Tich, old mate, we’ll go and do a bit of shit-stirring among the shitties.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 225: Seem like to me Deek goin round shit-disturbin, what it is.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 208: Jimmy’s getting palsy with each side and shit-stirring.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 19 Apr. 1: I like shit-stirring.
shit stompers (n.) [stompers n. (1)] (US campus)

1. cowboy boots.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 66: shitstompersn 1: Cowboy boots 2: Cowboys.

2. cowboys.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 66: shitstompersn 1: Cowboy boots 2: Cowboys.
shit-stopper (n.)

in pl., very tight-fitting jeans.

[UK]John Cooper Clarke ‘Beasley Street’ [lyrics] When shit-stopper drains and crocodile skis / Are seen on Beasley Street.
shitstorm (n.)

(US) a very confused or frightening situation.

[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 62: He’s been missing all the shit storms.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 74: See you survived the shitstorm.
[US](con. 1968) D.A. Dye Citadel (1989) 207: Never been in a heavier shitstorm. Grunts dying all around me.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 205: We’ve got three smitten morons and one beautiful woman. Honey, there’s an incredible shitstorm on the horizon.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 164: The Bone knows you can never be too prepared in prison for a shitstorm.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 184: They dragged me into this shitstorm balls-first.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 162: Terrible shitstorm, this [...] Hear that fucking Keogh.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 237: You got every right to hand in that report [...] but [...] you’re going to have a shitstorm on your hands if you do.
shit street (n.)

see separate entry.

shit-sucking (adj.)

(US) an abusive intensifier; thus shit-sucker n.

[NZ]K. Dunn Geek Love 46: ‘Shitsucker’ was the pejorative. [Ibid.] 303: Moving in on the shit-sucking show.
[US]J. Wambaugh Finnegan’s Week 116: Do you understand that, you shit-sucking little prick?
shit ticket (n.)

(US juv.) a sheet of lavatory paper.

OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] shit-tickets Toilet tissue. So-called because of the similarity between a roll of toilet paper and a perforated coil of tickets.
shitwad (n.)

(US) an unpleasant person; also attrib.

[US]S. Rinehart Kick in the Head 216: He said to tell you you’re a shitwad piece of crap.
[US]M.W. Greene Smashing Doves 56: Her words kicked me in the balls. I felt like a shitwad.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 148: Those goddam Cubans hired by Honey’s shitwad ex-husband.
shitwagon (n.)

(US) a second-rate, run-down automobile.

[US]R. De Christoforo Grease 71: Hell’s Chariot cruised by [...] up to where Kenick had parked his shitwagon.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 25: ‘The Taurus is yours.’ ‘I ask for a shitwagon?’ said Farrow.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 119: ‘Where are they?’ ‘S-shitwagon . . .g-glove box.’ Gus said.
shitweasel (n.)

a term of abuse, of a person or an unpleasant thing.

[US]D. Carroll Dear Sir, Drop Dead 27: There is no room [...] for another shitweasel who thinks he is too good for negotiations.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 7: Find out who’s this shitweasel with the other ticket.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 351: The guys in charge believe the shit-weasels are just a little too upsetting for John Q. Public.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 18: Prosecutors depicted Van Bonneville as a philandering shitweasel.
Twitter 14 Oct. [Internet] Who couldn’t want their daughter dating a man who shifts so effortlessly between being a violent psychopath and a whining shitweasel?
shit wig (n.)

a non-specific term of abuse.

[UK]J. Winston Drury Lane Jrnl (1974) 20 Apr. 85: You are a great rascal. Out of my company of 150, you can’t find three but say you are a shit wig.
shitwork (n.)

unpleasant, unwanted, prob. dirty occupations.

[US]A. Maupin More Tales of the City (1984) 111: I did temporary shitwork – clerical work.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 172: Don’t try to get him to do your shit-work for you.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 353: shitwork. Menial, routine drudgery.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 49: GM paid us a tidy income and we did the shitwork.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 307: Do you think I’d be killing myself doing this shitwork [...] if it wasn’t anything more than a means to an end .
shit-worth (n.) (also shit’s-worth)

a derisory amount.

A. Cornelisen Torregreca 304: What I think doesn’t make a shit’s worth of difference to anybody.
D. Leavitt Equal Affections 239: It doesn’t make a shit’s worth of difference to me either.
M.Y. Alam www.route-online.com [Internet] I know both pursuits are primarily selfish; about my own enjoyment and that neither makes a shit’s worth of difference in the greater scheme of thing.
posting at www.yelp.com [Internet] And yes, every employee is oriental and can’t speak a shit worth of English.

Verbs pertaining to lit. or fig. uses of excrement

In phrases

do a shit

to defecate.

Beastlair.com [Internet] A bear and a rabbit were doing a shit together in the woods one day.
eat shit

see separate entry.

get one’s shit blown away (also get one’s shit blown backwards)

(US) to be killed.

[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 331: I’m sorry he got his shit blown away in that fucking dumb-ass war.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 10: You might get your shit blown backwards tomorrow.
get one’s shit hard

to make one excited.

[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 169: It gets my shit hard, fuckin’ people up.
get up in someone’s shit [get up in under get up v.1 ]

(US) to get angry with someone else.

[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 37: That big old fat woman, fattest woman he ever saw, who got all up in his shit because she [...] could not for the life of her get through the doorway and up the coach steps.
go like shit off a stick (also go like shit through a canebreak)

to move very fast, of a person or vehicle.

[US]S. King Dead Zone (1980) 305: Gonna go through them like shit through a canebreak!
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 105: I had the engine bored out and it went like shit off a stick.
have a shit

(Aus./S.Afr.) to become enraged.

[SA]P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at the Palace (1985) 13: So because I want to stuff him up, Carstens has a big shit from the bench. Says I mustn’t cause strop.
have shit in one’s blood

(US) to be a coward.

[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ Iron Orchard (1967) 138: He’s just got a little shit in his blood. I guess he can’t help that.
[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 13: A person that you don’t like is often described in terms of various bodily parts or excretions: [...] If cowardly as well, he is a piss-willie or has shit in his blood.
have shit on one’s liver (also have dirt on one’s liver, have shit on the liver) [SE liverish, testy]

(Aus.) to be in a bad temper.

[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 163: If he was another type [...] the bad and dangerous type, he’d come over and get some of the dirt off his liver, some of his crookedness against the world; he’d look for fight and toy with the blade of a pocket-knife to back up his menace.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 92: Well, I wish he hadn’t written such a lousy recipe for me. He had shit on the liver the day he wrote mine.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 81: Judge must of ’ad shit on ’is liver that day, unna?
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
have someone’s shit on a stick

(US) to place at an extreme disadvantage.

[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 149: If Charlie is around here close and sees this mess [...] He’s gonna have our shit on a stick.
lose one’s shit

(US campus) to act without restraint.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 4: lose one’s shit – act shocked, out of control.
Onion 19 Feb. [Internet] ‘[Y]ou wouldn’t believe the looks I got after I hit that nigger kid. Seriously, they were looking at me like I totally lost my shit’.
push shit uphill

1. to work, to talk etc. unsuccessfully, against the odds.

[NZ]D.H. Binney Long Lives the King 26: ‘I reckoned Andy was pushing shit uphill,’ said Burnsie, ‘setting up that sort of a show; but I got to hand it to him... It must be worth a buck or two for him now.’ .
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 88/2: push shit uphill attempt the impossible.
[NZ]Sun. Star (Auckland) 22 Dec. CI: Insipid Sports Segment. TVNZ’s [...] America’s Cup..clips from Jane Dent [...] Not her fault. The lady is pushing the proverbial uphill [DNZE].
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 164: push a turd uphill with a toothpick Very hard work. push shit uphill Hard work. It becomes nigh on impossible if add with a pointed stick/a rubber fork. ANZ.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 17: ‘What would you say if I told you I’m thinking about throwing my hat into the ring?’ [...] ‘I’d say you’ll be pushing shit uphill’.

2. (US gay) to have anal intercourse.

[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet] anal intercourse: [...] Syn: pushin’ shit uphill.
put the shit up (also put the shits up, put the shit up someone’s neck)

to terrify.

[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 164: Sneed’s thoughts pursued Paul Hollick. Maybe the fact of his being followed had put the shits up him.
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 114: Nothin’ puts the shit up old Bacteria Bill better than a good old gargle of piss.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 92: Let him have his scars / his medals that he flaunts to all / to put the shits up any villain.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 76: Watching the hijackers clobbering the bo because he wasn’t packing put the shit up my neck.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 346: I ain’t letting no one put the shits up me.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘I’m gonna tell them it was you,’ I told him, just trying to put the shits up him, like.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 10: The goy’s only trying to put the shits up us.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Boner McPharlin’s Moll’ in Turning (2005) 272: Fuck, I didn’t steal nothin, just drove one round on the forklift for a laugh, to put the shits up em.
[UK]T. Black Gutted 7: There was a rustle in the distance. It put the shits up me.
take a shit

1. to defecate.

[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 70: He bane say, ‘go take a good shit for yourself.’.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 236: An unfortunate bugger named Cowl / Took a shit while as drunk as an owl.
[US]B. Jackson Thief’s Primer 90: He was sitting on the commode taking a shit.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 57: I want you to light you up a joint and take a real good shit and screw your wig on tight, / and let me tell you about the little bad motherfucker called Dolomite.
[US]Maledicta III:1+2 24: But ladies and men who are socially fit / Under no provocation will go take a shit!
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 363: They’re also planting something called a lush greenbelt, which is basically a place for rich people to let their poodles take a shit.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 148: I gotta take a shit.
[UK]Guardian Guide 22–28 Jan. 6: Yes, Iggy was known to actually take a shit on stage.

2. in fig. use, to cause trouble for, to attack.

[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 12: Just when you get good and comfortable is when he [i.e. the Viet Cong] comes over and takes a giant shit on you.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Ebb Tide’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 1 [TV script] You just sat here and watched Nat Coxon take a shit all over you.

Verbs pertaining to trouble or ill treatment

catch (the) shit (orig. US)

1. to be scolded or told off, to get into trouble.

[US]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 25: Men are getting out of bed and catching shit from their wives.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 264: You look like you’ve caught enough shit in your time.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 164: When I changed divisions, I started catching all kinds of shit.
[Can]M. Atwood Cat’s Eye (1989) 86: I caught some shit for that piece.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 55: You’re going to catch shit if you miss practice.
posting at wynsor.net [Internet] I’ll probably catch shit for this, but I thought it would make more sense to go back to the hotel and go to sleep, and get up early in the morning to come see Richie and then head to the festival.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 25: Then John had caught shit at the bar [...] ‘The fuck is this?’ the punk had asked.
[US]Baltimore Sun (MD) 29 Oct. T31/1: Johns Hopkins University caught shit for such a party.

2. to suffer physical harm.

[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 119: Evans is over in Danang [...] He caught a little shit the other night.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 81: Deadly Delta. Yeah. They really caught the shit last night.
drop (the) shit on

(US) to give someone a difficult time, to persecute.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 134: I don’t know why Mitch wants to try and drop the shit on me.
fall in the shit (also fall in)

to find oneself in difficulties.

[Aus]L. Esson Woman Tamer in Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 66: I fell in. Nine months I done I was dead innocent. [...] Blime, I fell in, a bird.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 376/2: since ca. 1870.
Boy George in ‘Out Come The Freaks’ Attitude [Internet] There are people from that period who never recovered from the fact that their star fell in the shit. Get over it!
get in(to) the shit (also be in the crap, get in the cactus, ...crap)

to get into trouble.

[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 137: And it’s only by accident that we got in the cactus this time.
[UK]A. Baron Lowlife (2001) 35: Back up, Boas, you’re in the crap.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 96: I didn’t get in the shit because I was crooked.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 16: Come up smelling of roses: To extricate one’s self from a difficult situation without getting into the shit.
[UK]T. Green Old School 90: Best way not to get in the shit in this business is to provide the people that make decisions that affect you with [...] information.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I was in more shit than a Weribee duck.
give someone shit (orig. US)

1. to cause trouble for someone.

[US]T. Berger Sneaky People (1980) 68: Don’t come around here and give me any shit.
[US]A. Hoffman Property Of (1978) 178: Kind [...] don’t give me any shit.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 190: Fat Dog gave Hot Rod a lot of shit, and Hot Rod’s a bad man to fuck with.
[US]S. King It (1987) 213: Don’t gimme any of your shit, you stuttering little freak.
[UK] in D. Campbell That Was Business, This Is Personal 16: I saw [marriage] as a way of having some sort of home and roots and somebody who wouldn’t give me any shit.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 65: Like Tutt would ever let some sawed-off little spade give him any kind of shit.

2. to nag, to criticize.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 125: Give (some) shit Tease or annoy someone.
[US]Spradley & Mann Cocktail Waitress 124: They started off giving me shit about the way I took their orders.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 40: You think you can give me a lotta goddamned shit?
[US]A. Heckerling Clueless [film script] What’s wrong? Is Josh giving you shit because he’s going through his post-adolescent idealistic phase?
[US]N. Green Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 274: The guy didn’t want to give me my deposit back. Gave me shit about keeping it too long.
[UK]K. Richards Life 256: I could have given Anita shit for it, but what was the point?
hit some shit (also get into shit, hit the shit) [SE hit, to encounter]

(US black) to encounter problems.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 93: He got into shit when he was young.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 242: hit some shit Encounter some difficult situations or people.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 84: They hit the shit about two weeks after.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 40: If you’re a leg, a grunt, a peg [...] a goddam Eleven Bravo, you will hit the shit before anyone else does.
kick up shit [kick up v. + sense 3c]

to cause a commotion, to cause trouble.

[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 77: Ee goess around to-a towns in Wales, kicks up some shit, gets awey with wha ee can en legs it back ter fuckin Aber.
[UK]K. Richards Life 331: The Puerto Ricans got pissed off in their section of town and they were kicking up shit.
land someone in the shit (also dump someone in it, …the shit, land someone in it, put someone in the shit)

to bring trouble to someone else.

[UK]J. Lartéguy Praetorians (trans.) 255: He’s landed me in the shit slightly, old Glatigny, but since he’s got out of it himself.
[UK]H.H. Kirst No Fatherland (trans.) 123: You’ve landed me in the shit up to my nose, Wander, and the smell’s getting on my nerves.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Get Daley!’ Minder [TV script] 12: You start flapping your mouth and I’ll land you right in it.
[US]P. Corris ‘Marriages Are Made in Heaven’ in Heroin Annie [e-book] Blackmailers are a low breed too, and this one had put his supposed girlfriend right in the shit.
[UK]M. Walters Echo 312: What happens to the average wife whose husband dumps her in the shit and vanishes with all the loot?
[UK]Indep. Rev. 13 July 8: Craig Brown [...] was dumped in it by none other than his aggrieved ex-girlfriend.
[UK]M. Sterling Soho Nights 40: Convinced someone – Harry, Beth, one of the others – would let something slip and land them in the shit.
[UK]M. Spring Night Lawyer 90: Does he really think she’d land him in the shit?
put shit in the game

see under game n.

put (the) shit on (also put a shit on)

1. (Aus./US) to deride, to attack verbally.

[US]Current Sl. III:1 11: Put the shit on, v. To criticize severely.
[US](con. 1960s) D. Goines Whoreson 214: You would end up trying to put shit on me.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 74: I don’t hear her slingin’ off at you; why put shit on her?
[US]D. Goines Daddy Cool (1997) 103: He was sure that the couple was putting shit on them.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 10: If you wanted a shirt full of broken ribs [...] just go up and put a bit of shit on Les Norton.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 89/1: put a shit on to denigrate or deceive.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper From The Inside 15: Asians in Australia [...] will be putting shit on the ‘wogs’ and ‘coons’ as the ‘wogs’ and blacks are already putting shit on the ‘chows’ and ‘slopes’.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 180: Yet the same Aussie kids would put shit on the Germans for what they did to the Jews.

2. (US black) to take advantage; to trick, to deceive.

see sense 1.
raise shit

(US) to cause trouble, to make a fuss.

[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 56: The fucking Muslims, motherfucking sand niggers, raised so much shit about it [i.e. pork] being against their so-called religion.
start shit

(US black) to initiate trouble, to start an argument.

[US]D. Goines Street Players 97: Start some shit and you’ll lose every goddam thing.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 37: If someone wants to start shit because we’re white, we do the best we can just to slide on out.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 36: Start any shit in here and you’ll swear the whole world fell on you.
take shit (also take stuff)

(orig. US) to suffer (and accept) humiliation, annoyance or (in weak form) teasing; often as take no shit.

[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 251: We don’t have to take any more shit from anybody.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 45: That solid he-man, who took no stuff from nobody.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 135: I don’t hafta take any shit off any uncircumcised cocksucker.
[US]M. Rumaker Exit 3 and Other Stories 23: I don’t take no shit from nobody.
[UK]N. Cohn Awopbop. (1970) 156: They were self-assured, cocky, and they took no shit.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 9: I take so many kinds of shit I figure Howard Johnson went into the shit business.
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 25: He’s not taking no shit off anybody that wants to fuck around with him.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 274: How much shit are you willing to take just for the memory of a little intimacy.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 77: The guy must have something on the dome, because he took all the shit.
[US]D. Lehaine A Drink Before the War 27: A woman who took shit from absolutely nobody.
[US]Eminem ‘Criminal’ [lyrics] I don’t gotta say a word, I just flip em the bird / and keep goin, I don’t take shit from no one.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] I wasn’t going to take any shit from a smarmy shit with wandering digits.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 49: Steve [...] didn’t take any shit from anyone.
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 109: Billy McCartney isn’t taking any more shit from any of them.

Verbs pertaining to objects or situations with negative connotations

In phrases

feel like shit (also feel like a pile of shit, feel shit)

to feel very bad, whether emotionally or physically (cf. feel shitty under shitty adj.1 ).

[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 111: He just made me feel like a pile of shit.
[SA]P. Slabolepszy ‘Over the Hill’ in Mooi Street (1994) 74: I’m feeling a bit shit.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 26: Time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 142: Never said I felt sharp Rameez, said I felt shit. No more shooters OK?
[US]D. Hecht Skull Session 340: He felt like shit.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 65: When you get depressed the first thing you feel shit about is all the positive stuff. I mean everything good becomes shit.
[Aus]T. Winton Turning (2005) 151: Raelene suddenly felt like shit.
67 ‘Live Corn’ [lyrics] ’Til these damn jakes put cuffs on my wrists / Had me locked down in Wandsworth feeling like shit.
go from sugar to shit

of a place and its standards, to decline severely.

[US]C. Himes Rage in Harlem (1969) 55: This bar has gone from sugar to shit.
[US]A. Young Snakes (1971) 73: That old dope, and then you dont do nothin but go from sugar to shit, if youll excuse my French.
go to shit

to decline, to collapse.

[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 95: Who’s tending the business, we don’t all go to shit.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 214: This town is gone to shit.
[US]P. Cornwell Point of Origin (1999) 236: Maybe things got out of control and went to shit.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 156: Things go to shit in a hurry, don’t they?
[US]J. Clifford ‘Occupy Opportunity’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] Almost twenty years we livd like that. Until it all went to shit [...] and somebody died.
look like shit (also look like shit on a dumpling)

1. of a person, to appear extremely unwell, whether through actual illness or through the effects of drink or drugs.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 173: You look like shit, Buddusky.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 45: Kenny, you look like shit.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 26: Time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 341: You look like shit!
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 234: Fuck, man, you look like shit. You nearly fat as Coley.
[UK]M. Collins Keepers of Truth 279: Ronny looked like shit.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 185: Doc, you look like shit on a dumpling.
[US]Chicago Trib. 19 May Fict-5: We both rarely leave the house and when we do we look like shit.

2. of an object, to look in very poor condition.

[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 202: ‘It looks like shit.’ [...] ‘It’s outtasite.’.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 155: It [i.e. a guitar] was old and beat up, looked like shit, but he could make it sing.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 55: Your hair looks like shit.

3. in fig. use.

St Louis Jewish Light (MO) 23 Mar. A23/4: We will [...] kill you and your family, but before that, we will make you look like shit in public.
take the shit with the sugar

(Aus.) to accept that one must have both bad and good experiences.

[Aus]L. Davies Candy 193: Of course, we got used to taking the shit with the sugar, but it was frustrating sometimes.
treat like shit

to treat in a very unpleasant manner, deservedly or not.

[US]D. Mamet Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1977) 17: The Way to Get Laid is to Treat ’Em Like Shit.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 104: Dear treats him like shit.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 499: Keva had treated her like shit, and he’d let him.

Verbs pertaining to lying or deception

chew the shit [var. on chew the fat v. (1)]

to gossip, to chatter.

[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 331: We’re chewing the shit, watching the passngers [...] tramping onto the boat like cattle.
pop shit (also pop shit at the moon, pop shit at oneself) [pop off (at the mouth) v. (5)]

to boast, to talk nonsense.

[UK](con. mid-1960s) J. Patrick Glasgow Gang Observed 126: The police were treated to the more full-blooded, ‘Away an’ pap shite at the moon!’, or more common still, ‘Pap shite at yersel’.’.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 159: No need to pop that shit.
[US]Eminem ‘Amityville’ [lyrics] That’s why the first motherfucker poppin some shit he gets killed (killed).
talk shit

1. (US black) to seduce, to ‘chat up’ (see chat v.1 (1)).

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 129: Then the bitch come draggin’ it home with her sickpad on, / she talkin’ shit, ‘Daddy, you sure is sweet.’.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 43: An important part of ‘hitting on’ a woman is a particular style of verbal encounter called talking shit, talking that talk, or talking trash. This manner of publicly accosting a woman and attempting to interest her with a fast-talking line of patter is by no means restricted to pimps, but is a common mode of ghetto encounter.
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 225: Tight as a glove. Almost a virgin before me. I really had to talk some shit, man. She cried the first time!

2. (orig. US, also talk shit at the moon) to talk nonsense.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 226: I’m gonna give you a fat mouth if you don’t stop [...] talking shit to me.
[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 155: Smoking my reefer and talking shit.
[US]Ice-T ‘Power’ [lyrics] Money controls the world and that’s it! / And once you got it then you can talk shit!
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 8: You’ve got every right to tell us we’re talking shit.
[UK]Guardian Guide 29 July–4 Aug. 28: Young people in reflective clothes talking shit.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 207: talk shit at the moon Talk rubbish.

3. (US campus) to criticize someone behind their back.

[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 95: I know the girls talk shit about me [...] they’re jealous.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 285: The crooks weren’t the only ones that knew our names and talked shit about Rambo and Fastback.

4. (US) to boast, to brag.

[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 22: I am the baddest motherfucker in the valley [...] This white boy can talk shit with the best of ’em.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 77: We’re [...] talking shit, me about getting loaded, him about broads in general.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 1: Fungler starts talking shit saying, ‘After this roll all you working nigga’s are going to be sick! You’re gonna throw up on your way to the ATM’.

5. (US black) to talk slang.

[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 31: Signifying at its best can be heard when brothers are exchanging tales. I used to hang out in the bars just to hear the old men ‘talking shit’.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 232: Richard is my boy, / and talkin’ shit / is my pride and motherfucken joy.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines xxi: I think I lost ’bout 1000 points for talkin’ shit.

6. (US black, also tell someone shit) to talk aggressively, to challenge verbally; thus shit-talking adj., talking in such a way.

[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 42: You’re talkin’ a lotta deep shit, man ... is it all your own thinking?
[US]Hall & Adelman Gentleman of Leisure 148: I used to give Silky mouth. In Ottowa you could tell pimps shit.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 93: This paddy started talkin some crazy shit when the dude owned the car caught him stealin the radio.
[US]E. Bunker Little Boy Blue (1995) 116: Talk all that shit behind bars. He’d scream like a bitch if I got at his ass.
[US]UGK ‘Trill Ass Nigga’ [lyrics] Yeah Bun I’ll talk shit / But if you think I can’t back it up niggaz, try and make a fuckin hit.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 9: A shit-talkin clown [...] who walked up and dissed you playfully but pointedly.

Verbs based on a general abstract thing or situation

cut shit

1. (orig. US, also catch shit) to impress, to influence, to make a difference.

[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Short-Timers (1985) 119: That don’t cut no shit out here. This is the field, motherfucker.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 234: didn’t catch shit Didn’t impress anyone.
[US]W. Walker Dime to Dance 140: That don’t cut no shit anymore [HDAS].

2. (US campus) to act eccentrically.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 3: CUT SHIT – behave in an unconventional manner.
fuck someone’s shit up

(US) to beat someone up.

[US]Burns & Pelecanos ‘That’s Got His Own’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 12 [TV script] He went hard on his boy last night. Fucked his shit up.
get off someone’s shit

(US) to cease bothering someone; as imper., get off my shit, leave me alone.

[US]H. Feldman et al. Angel Dust 78: It’s cool to just stand out every once in a while saying, ‘fuck you’ and ‘Get off my shit. Who the fuck are you to tell me what I am’.
get one’s shit off

to do something successfully, competently.

[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] I can’t front, she got her shit off. She set the God up nice.
get one’s shit together (orig. US black)

1. to calm down, to plan sensibly.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 66: You’d better get your shit together.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 180: You guys git your shit together.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 21: ‘You need to get your act/game/program/shit together,’ Clive said.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 6: By the time I get my shit together it’ll be showtime.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 14: I got my shit together and headed up to south-east Asia.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] You’re thirty-five, mate. Time to get your shit together.
[US]C. Buzzell My War (2006) 29: And hopefully after that I would finally get my shit together and ‘grow up’.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Get your shit together [...] rescue Nick, save Alex and Sean and yourself.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 5: You need to get your shit together.

2. to be competent.

[US]T. O’Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone (1980) 53: The Nam, it ain’t so bad, not if you got your shit together.
[US]N. Proffitt Gardens of Stone (1985) 47: Wildman, get your shit together, boy.
[US](con. 1968) W.E. Merritt Where the Rivers Ran Backward 119: Just get your shit together, God damn you.
[US]P. Beatty Tuff 43: I got a plan to get my shit together. Put all my caca in one big pile.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘–30–’ Wire ser. 5 ep. 10 [TV script] I always wondered if they’d get their shit together.
have one’s shit together (also have all one’s shit in one bag, keep one’s shit together)

(orig. US black) to be in full control of a situation.

[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 93: Most a these young jitterbug social workers don’t look like they got all their shit in one bag anyhow.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 182: Slick always had a lot of women on his case but his shit was together.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 28: You groovy. Got yo’ shit together.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 70: Thing were different then. I had my shit together.
[US] Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 16: You’ve definitely got to have your shit together.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Keep your shit together, I told myself.
hit one’s shit up

(US) to inscribe one’s name and gang affiliation on a wall.

[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 28: hit-my-shit-up To paint one’s name or street name on a wall.
know one’s shit

(US) to be very competent.

[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] know (one’s) shit be very competent. ‘When it comes to plumbing, Bill really knows his shit.’.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 359: These guys, trust me – they know their shit.
[UK]Observer Screen 9 Jan. 11: Shakespeare was a dead white guy but he knows his shit.
play that shit

(US black) to act in a particular way; usu. in negative as I don’t play that shit, I don’t do that.

[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 47: shit, I don’t play that [...] I won’t tolerate it.
[US]50 Cent ‘In Da Hood’ [lyrics] on New Breed [album] Now homie, you better get to know me better / Before you be bleedin’ pints of blood into Iceberg sweater / When the tails come flyin’ up out the beretta / You gon’ feel like it’s yo’ fault and say ‘Man I knew better’ / Look dogg, I don’t play that shit.
pull shit

(US black) to do something devious, underhand, treacherous.

[US]Kerouac letter 16 Oct. in Charters II (1999) 384: Nobody’s gonna pull that shit on me.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 218: Goddamn Rampart cars’ve been pulling this shit too often lately.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 43: You let your prisoners pull . . . this shit . . . on the citizens of this community.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 155: You happened to pull this shit while I’m in a transitional period.
[US]N. Green Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 53: You can’t keep pulling this shit and think everyone will be all right the next day.
put shit in the game

see under game n.

rip shit

see separate entry.

General verbs

get shit of

to get rid of something or someone.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 459/2: C.20.

Comparatives

In phrases

as shit (adv.) (also as shite)

a general intensifer, e.g. mad as shit.

[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 410: Hadn’t his conductor been slow as shit on the bell?
[US]T. Whitmore Memphis-Nam-Sweden 151: Pappy was slow as shit.
[US]J.D. Horan Blue Messiah 55: ‘He’s stupid as . . .’ [...] The boy with the pencil volunteered, ‘Stupid as shit,’ and rocked with laughter.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 178: I’m pissed as shit at you.
[WI]A. Clarke Prime Minister (1978) 65: Shirl, you looking sexy as shite, yuh!
[WI]A. Clarke Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack 78: Boy, you bright as shite!
[US]G. Tate ‘Beyond the Zone of the Zero Funkativity’ in Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 44: Great if you’re a breaking member of the boogie box brigade, tired as shit if you ain’t.
[UK](con. WWII) S. Hynes Flights of Passage 78: Come on, you guys, it’s blue as shit out there!
[SA]C.J. Fourie Big Boys in Kani (1994) 115: No fuck . . . true’s shit?
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 100: Everybody in the joint broke. It was funny as shit.
[Ire]R. Doyle Woman Who Walked Into Doors 31: She was as mad as shite.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 45: Pretty as shit the way he elevated.
[US]P. Cornwell Last Precinct 238: Yeah, he’s smart as shit.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 359: Y’all were being shady as shit, too.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 55: Everything was shit [...] Her winters were cold as __, and her summers hot as __.
Negus Who Read 6 Mar. [Internet] There are little-eared people who are evil as shit.
for shit (adv.) (orig. US)

1. whatsoever, at all, in any way.

[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 224: ‘She still can’t fuck for shit,’ he sneered.
[US]D. Waters Heathers [film script] Heather left behind one of her Swatches. She’d want you to have it, Veronica. She always said you couldn’t accessorise for shit.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 49: Not that you could see for shit.
[US]T. Dorsey Triggerfish Twist (2002) 178: You didn’t fight for shit, John! Now sit down!
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 381: The auld girl cannae cook fer shit.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 38: Look at me - hooked through the bag on Oxy, and still in pain, because it doesnt work for shit any more.

2. very badly; also as adj., awful.

[US]D. Mamet Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1977) 38: This dressing is for shit.
[US]R. Price Clockers 351: Could you turn the music down a little? My hearing’s for shit.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 130: Barb missed high notes. She sang for shit.
from shit to Shinnecock

(US) of any sort whatsoever, across the entire spectrum.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 14: You can read books from shit to Shinnecock, ain’t gonna help.
like shit (adv.)

1. very fast, enthusiastically.

[UK] ‘Poor Little Angeline’ in Bold (1979) 182: He ran like shit lest the squire should split / Poor little Angeline.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘Poor Little Angeline’ in Snatches and Lays 39: And he ran like shit lest the squire should split.
[US]A. Brooke Last Toke 102: A black girl from Georgia, a girl who thought herself better than most – a five Creole – to be getting away with what Honey had been shoving like shit down his throat.

2. badly.

[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 394: Beans, hash, stew, wienies, macaroni – all cooked like shit. Even the chicken on Sunday tastes like hell.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 70: ‘I played a little football myself at Indiana State.’ Like shit, I thought.
[US](con. 1960s) M. Kingston Tripmaster Monkey 159: She handed out the gorgeous raiment saying to the actors, ‘Treat it like shit.’ That’s class.
[UK]Guardian 8 Aug. [Internet] We're living like shit in this country.

3. very much.

[US]P. Cornwell Body of Evidence (1992) 310: I hate like shit when someone lies to me.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 18 Aug. 337/1: The houses shake like shit, every summer [as a result of cyclones].
[US]E. Beetner ‘Zed’s Dead, Baby’ in Pulp Ink [ebook] I hope like shit I haven’t worken the baby.
like shit off a shovel (adv.) (also like spit on a hot griddle, …steam on piss)

promptly, immediately, fast.

Humboldt Indep. (IA) 15 July 4/2: The people here [...] jump from one extreme to another and bob around like spit on a hot griddle.
[US]W.C. Anderson Adam M-1 122: ‘[It] takes off like spit on a hot girdle.’ ‘That’s griddle.’ ‘Griddle.’.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 497: So my mate’s off like shit off a shovel [...] and we nobbled him.
[US]Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghampton, NY) 22 Mar. 9/2: His drumsticks were supersonic blurs; cymbals [...] danced like spit on a hot griddle.
[US]Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 15 Mar. 31/1: His language can be peppery as a cowpoke’s [...] dancing areound a difficult issue ‘like spit on a hot griddle’.
[US](con. 1960s) G. Washington Blood Brothers 189: I’m gonna be on you like steam on piss.
Silver Bullet film synopsis [Internet] This is magnificently caught in the scene where he presents Marty with a customized motorized wheelchair he has built for him, that literally does go like shit off a shovel!
[US]Tampa Bay Times (St Petersburg, FL) 18 Mar. 10/2: Federal lawmakers can [...] be held hostage by these special interwest groups and jump to their will like spit on a hot griddle.
like shit on a shoe (adv.)

extremely closely.

[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 95 : Physicians stick together like shit on a shoe.
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 276: The little kid was sticking to him like shit to a shoe.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 2 Mar. 47/1: One of those places that [...] treats outsiders like shit on a shoe.
like shit through a goose (adv.) (also like crap through a goose, shite out of a goat, …shit through a tin horn)

extremely fast.

[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 671: He’ll go through that field like shit through a goose.
[UK]Lyra Ebriosa [Internet] And her jockey is light from self-abuse, / And she’ll go through that crowd like shit through a goose.
[US]R. Coover Public Burning (1979) 412: It whistled bucklety-whet through the parade like shit through a tin horn.
[US]Ramis, Kenney & Miller Animal House [film script] Wormer: Put a sock in it, boy, or else you’ll be outta here like shit through a goose.
[US]Maledicta VI:1+2 Summer/Winter 125: Patton in a film promising that his troops are going to go through the enemy ‘like crap through a goose’.
(con. WWII) Town Talk (Alexandria, LA) 11 Sept. A4/3: Patton [...] said ‘I hope to go through the Siegfried Line like shit through a goose’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 89: go like a power of piss/a shower of shit/shit through a goose Move fast.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 312: Slipp’rier than shit through a goose.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 314: I jump through the automatic barriers like shit through a goose.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 126: ‘Hum-free do a runner?’ ‘Out of that door like shite out of a goat’.
like stink on (a) shit (adv.) (also like funk on a skunk, …stank on shit, …stink on glue)

(US black) very closely, extremely intimately.

[US] ‘The Signifying Monkey II’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 29: Baboon turned his head to take a spit, / And lion was on him like stink on a shit.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 412: You aren’t going to score a single goddam point tonight, Meecham, ’cause I’m gonna be on you like stink on shit.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 129: There were Marines and sailors all over everything, like stink on shit.
[US](con. 1960s) G. Washington Blood Brothers 14: They were on Cheese like stink on shit. [Ibid.] 41: I jumped on that gook’s ass like stink on glue. [Ibid.] 53: I jabbed the knife into him two or three times. It was all over in a matter of seconds. I was on his ass like funk on a skunk.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 100: Lockdowns go with shakedowns like — as Kansas would say — ‘stank on shit’.
soft as shit and twice as nasty

a general pej. phr. used of anyone the speaker dislikes.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1110/2: [...] late C.19–20.
so thin you can smell shit through them

a phr. used of a very slim person.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1108/2: [...] from ca. 1880.

Proverbial uses

bet a pound to a pinch of shit (v.)

a statement denoting the speaker’s absolute confidence, whether in a real bet or merely a point of view.

[US]G.E. Marcus Elites, Ethnographic Issues 98: I’ll bet a pound to a pinch of shit that it will be all around the coffee rooms.
[UK](con. WWII) J.O. Coote Submarine in Fleet Streetr 101: I’ll bet a pound to a pinch of shit.
[SA]P. Davis Scatterlings of Africa 144: Can’t be sure which direction they went, but I’ll bet a pound to a pinch of shit that they headed straight for the Mazimbi TTL.
don’t get your shit hot

don’t get over-excited.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 329/1: C.20.
he wouldn’t say ‘shit’ even if he had a/his mouth full of it

(Can.) a phr. used of an especially mealy-mouthed, hypocritical person.

[UK]Partridge Dict. Catch Phrases (2nd edn).
I could use her shit for toothpaste (also I’d eat a mile of shit if it led to her asshole, I’d like to use her shit for toothpaste, I/he would eat a yard of her shit for a lick at her hole)

a hugely exaggerated phr. implying the extent of one’s infatuation.

[US]P. Ableman Mouth and Oral Sex 88: Our high-school phrase — ‘She’s so sweet — I could use her shit for toothpaste’ — contains another significant element.
[UK]P. Callow Flesh of Morning 63: She’s fabulous, [...] could use her shit for toothpaste.
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 16: I’d eat a mile of shit if it lead to her asshole.
[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 18: There’s many a man would eat a yard of her shit for a lick at her hole. (This is not recommended.).
[UK]V. Scannell Argument of Kings 35: ‘Honest, you could use her shit for toothpaste,’ John said.
‘Witney RFC Day’ [Internet] The 2nd Haddon Hill visit saw a very interesting meal with a certain waitress, Mark uttered in his usual quiet voice, ‘I’d like to use her shit for toothpaste and piss for gargle water.’.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Get Some’ Generation Kill ep. 1 [TV script] I’d eat a mile of her shit just to see where it came from.
I’m so hungry I could eat a shit sandwich – only I don’t like bread

(Aus.) a phr. implying the intensity of one’s starvation.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 593/2: since ca. 1950.
same shit, different day (also same shit; s.s.d.d.)

(orig. US black) life goes on as normal, with no surprises, good or bad.

[US]National Lampoon Dec. 112: [ad.] SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY.
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 127: Then after a while all of them wanted a piece. Same shit, different day.
[US]D. Gaines Teenage Wasteland 110: I ask about Susie. ‘Same shit.’.
[UK]Observer Mag. 31 Oct. 19: Nothing really changes, does it? [...] Same shit, different day.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 6: What about SSDD? Whose brainstorm had that been? [Ibid.] 10 : ‘How you doing, man?’ Beaver asks. ‘Oh, you know,’ Henry says. ‘Same shit, different day.’.
shit comes in piles

(US black) problems always come at the same time, rather than one by one.

W. Beckerson Person Under The Stairs Forums ‘The Bill Report’ 1 Mar. [Internet] As I said- Shit Comes In Piles. Feel free to quote me on that, would yah?
shit happens

an all-purpose statement of resignation in the face of life’s vicissitudes, i.e. these things happen; also euph. i.e. cite 1994.

[US]S. King Stand (1990) 665: Lots of people wore T-shirts which said shit happens, which it certainly did.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 5: Shitang! – expression of disgust. [Ibid.] Nov. 5 : that shit happens – an expression of resignation.
[US]National Lampoon Dec. 113: [ad.] Shit Happens. And there’s nothing you can do about it, so let everybody know.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 20: The problem’s not yours. Anyway, this shit happens.
Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 3 June 4/1: As we all know guano happens.
[US]Source Nov. 106: When frustrations are flaring, shit happens.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 211: Yeah, like the man said. Shit happens.
[UK]Reuters 28 Oct. n.p.: Actor Mark Harmon’s use of the phrase ‘s–-- happens’ was believed to be the first scripted, uncensored utterance of the ‘s’ word on a broadcast network series in prime time.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 43: Ootie’s Late Niter in the early morning that proves the saying shit happens.
[US]T. Fontana ‘Medium Rare’ Oz ser. 4 ep. 9 [TV script] ‘Ass-fucking?’ ’Shit happens’.
[UK]D. Flusfeder Gift 129: So sorry to hear about your father. Shit happens.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 89: Shit happens when you’re ridin’ in a Beemer.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 12: Hey, shit happens, goes the refrain among those who catch a case, wrong place, wrong time.
shit hits the fan, the (also crap hits the fan, the)

the difficulties start to happen, esp. when such problems have been expected to occur sooner or later; usu. used with when. Euph. alternatives include the brown stuff hits the fan, the ca-ca…, the cheese and chutney…, the doo-doo…, the manure…, the merde…, the spit…, the stuff…, the sushi…, the solids hit the air conditioning, the pooh hits the pukka wallah.

[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 573: When the shit hits the fan that’s when you keep a . . .
[US]E. Hunter Blackboard Jungle 181: Those are the guys who wonder later why they were there when the crap hit the fan.
[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I i: When you’re a Jet, / If the spit hits the fan, / You got brothers around, / You’re a family man!
[UK]C. Lee diary 5 Nov. in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 173: This morning, the shit hit the fan [...] Sparks comes leaping up the after ladder like the sodding Zulus were after him.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 252: Yes sir, boys, the shit really hit the fan in ’63.
[US]I. Freeman Out of the Burning (1961) 124: Me? I never saw Fancydan once the crap hit the fan.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 228: ‘The shit hit the fan,’ Poke said.
[US](con. 1950s) H. Simmons Man Walking On Eggshells 197: Yeh, the stuff’s gonna hit the fan in 1964.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 163: Well, boys, the shit is about to hit the fan.
[UK]N. Smith Gumshoe (1998) 137: When the crap hits the fan as it surely will one day in your country.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 60: When Bill said he ‘punched out at raw fish,’ the sushi hit the fan.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 65: Then the shit hit the fan, and he was smart enough to keep quiet.
[UK]A. Sayle Train to Hell 41: It was on the way back that the cheese and chutney really hit the fan.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 276: I sense that the solids are about to hit the air-conditioning.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 289: Two of the four Nights of December getting a big ride in the newspaper just before the ca-ca hits the fan.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 161: The proverbial doo-doo was getting ready to hit the proverbial fan.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper From The Inside 82: When the shit hits the fan, keep an eye on the people closest to you.
[UK]Indep. 28 Oct. 8: The delicious scent of government manure hitting the fan.
[UK]Guardian G2 10 Jan. 6: It was only when women joined in the conversation about sexual freedom at the close of the 60s that the merde really hit the fan.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 91: To use the, ah, North American vernacular – the ah, pooh is about to hit the old pukka wallah.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 409: I can be here with a Sno-Cat five minutes after the shit hits the fan.
C. Lundin 98.6 Degrees 32: You’ll never truly know what you’re made of until the day the brown stuff hits the fan.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 178: The rest of use were [...] hoping to avoid the worst of it when the shit hit the fan.
[US]T. Lotti Fourth Down and Long 71: It’s easy to say you have a good relationship with God when times are good, but how is it when the stuff hits the fan?
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 52: If the stuff hits the fan, you hit the deck and stay there till it gets real quiet.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘The shit’s really gonna hit the fan’.
[UK]Guardian CiF 21 Jan. [Internet] But could it be it is because the shit is really hitting the fan at the NOW and is creeping right up the chain of command?
ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag

(US) a phr. describing anything considered ugly, esp. someone obese or overweight.

[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 309: This white motherfucka [...] looks like ten pounds of shit in a five-pound bag.
J. Kjenner Gateway 23 Jan. XCII:30 [Internet] If my morning routine consists of scratching deez nuts, my peers don’t consider me particularly behind in the grooming department. However, if a girl tried to pull this same stunt (substituting, of course, ‘deez nuts’ with other things), she’d probably be told by several of her more blunt friends that she looked like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.
think one’s shit don’t stink (v.) (also act like one’s shit don’t stink) [Partridge claims that this dates back to ‘later C.19’ but offers no proof and the evidence is lacking]

(orig. US) to behave affectedly and in an arrogant manner.

[US] in V. Randolph Pissing in the Snow (1976) 117: She says they ain’t good enough for her, and the whole Wilson family acted like they thought Cora’s shit didn’t stink.
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 105: That fuckin’ staff sergeant thinks his shit don’t stink.
[US]‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 144: Them kind act as though their shit don’t stink.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 15: The ones who think their shit don’t stink.
posting at frazzlednerves.net 6 July [Internet] The really messed up part about this joke, he acts like his shit don’t stink but he’s dumb as hell. He swears he’s mackin’ but he’s slackin’.
[US]Village Voice 11 Apr. [Internet] Everyone on the planet thinks they’re some kind of hoity-toity master chef whose s--t don’t stink.
think one’s shit smells like ice-cream (v.)

(US) to behave affectedly and in an arrogant manner; note ad hoc vars. in cits. 1948 and 1977.

[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 128: His shit don’t smell like ice cream either.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 93: You think you can swim in shit and come out smelling like chocolate ice cream.
Thug’s Journal 21 Mar. [Internet] Snake say ‘That nigger be useless as a bull with one horn and one nut. He think he shit smell like ice cream!’.
you don’t know whether you want a shit or haircut

a phr. used to indicate that a person is very stupid.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1364/2: [...] C.20.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 234: wouldn’t know if he/she wants a shit or a haircut Prize ditherer.
you’re all about – like shit in a field

you’re a useful, alert, efficient person – like hell you are!

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1367/2: [...] C.20.

Negatives

not fit to shovel shit (adj.)

of a person, absolutely worthless or incompetent.

[UK] ‘Blind Nell’ in Bold (1979) 26: He isn’t fit to shovel shit.
[UK]God Ship Venus in Bold (1979) 99: He wasn’t fit to shovel shit / The fornicating bugger.
not know shit from apple butter (v.) (also …from beans, …clay, …(a) salami, …tunafish, can’t tell owlshit from putty without a map, not know dung from honey, not know sheepshit from cherry-seed)

1. to have no idea about a topic.

[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 177: Those replacement kids scuffin about out there [...] not knowin shit from good apple butter.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 105: You don’t know shit from beans.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 140: [He] had to be one of those Eastern, lockjaw motherfuckers who wouldn’t know shit from tunafish.
[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 13: Likewise, he don’t know sheepshit from cherry-seed, or don’t know a mule’s ass from a lemon, or can’t tell owlshit from putty without a map.
[UK]Barltrop & Wolveridge Muvver Tongue 41: Someone abysmally ignorant ‘doesn’t know shit from clay’.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 125/2: wouldn’t know shit from clay naive or stupid persons.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 342: doesn’t know beans; doesn’t know dung from honey.
[US](con. 1969) N.L. Russell Suicide Charlie 66: Same-same didn’t know shit from a salami and I didn’t care what he thought.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 234: wouldn’t know shit from clay — unless you tasted it Severely limited person.

2. to be particularly wrong in an opinion.

[US](con. 1946) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 53: Those guys don’t know shit from apple butter.
not know shit from Shinola (v.) [Shinola, a brand of black shoe polish] (US)

1. (also not know shit from shine, …toothpaste, not know cattle from Shinola, ...crap from Shinola) to have no idea about a topic.

[US]J.H. Burns Lucifer with a Bk 62: O, I know crap from shineola, the boy answered, laughing loudly.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 63: Take most these babes [...] they don’t know shit from shinola.
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 344: They don’t know shit from Shinola when it comes to all us who worked like niggers all our lives.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 263: That do sound like Mister Humperdinck don’t know cattle from Shinola.
[US]G. Wolff Duke of Deception (1990) 138: You’re still a pup, don’t know shit from shine about anything.
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 233: You guys have been on this job ten, fifteen years, and you don’t know shit from shinola.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 174: Some rear-rank slick-sleeve private (who doesn’t know dismounted, close-order drill from shit and Shinola).
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 162: Some of his guys didn’t know shit from toothpaste.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 160: Course, Costa, he don’t know shit from Shinola.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 513: The geek didn’t know. The geek knew shit from Shinola.
[UK]K. Richards Life 111: It was so nebulous. We didn’t know shit from Shinola.

2. (also not know a shin from Shinola) to be particularly wrong in an opinion; ad hoc vars. exist.

[US]H. Searls Hero Ship 60: How’ll that look? The usual ‘shit from Shinola?’.
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 8: Irene doesn’t know shit from Shinola. Why shouldn’t I go out to the old homestead?
[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 110: As long as they can get folks to say that shit is shinola, they would rather deal shit any day.
[US]‘Joe Bob Briggs’ Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 81: The alert reader — if any of you turkeys know a shin from Shinola.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 13: The Northern skinhead knew his shit from his shinola.
not say shit about Shinola (v.)

(US) to say nothing.

[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 164: Make sure he knows better than to testify or say shit about Shinola.
not worth a shit

see separate entry.

up the shit (adj.)

(Aus.) useless, unappealing.

[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 9: This place is up the shit.

Fig. general phrases

In phrases

ain’t shit

(US black) used of someone/something useless, worthless or of absolutely no value.

[US]Southern & Hoffenberg Candy (1970) 153: If a woman don’t function, she ain’t shit.
[US]R. Buehler Annotated Collection of Obscene Humor 24: Rosh Hashena ain’t shit compared to Yum Kippur.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 50: Boy, you ain’t shit.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 12: What you’re talking about ain’t shit, Charles. [Ibid.] 49: You know, niggers ain’t shit!
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 228: ain’t shit 1. Be worthless. 2. Be untrustworthy, unreliable.
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 47: shit, ain’t [...] ‘Joe ain’t shit.’.
[UK]Guardian 7 Nov. 22/5: Cameraman’s apologia: ‘Television ain’t shit’.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 115: Take me and leave her. I ain’t shit. I’m a worthless, no good motherfucker.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 33: Muthafuckin’ Skell ain’t sheeit! I be known his pale ass from county.
[US]Baltimore Sun (MD) 17 Sept. T147/3: Men who want to tell you how [...] you ain’t shit at all, or [...] how you ain’t shit once you’re not impressed with them.
and shit

(orig. US black) a general abstract term, usu. thrown into the end of a sentence, similar to you know phr.

[UK]B. Beckham My Main Mother 148: You cats could be from Brooklyn, and shit, except for that funny-assed way you talk. You splids sound like the British are coming, and shit.
[US]M. Agar Ripping and Running 149: He looks like he’s gettin dizzy and shit.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 9: The dope man got smart and started cussin’ and shit.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 43: It wasn’t real. It was TV — hey, heroes and shit.
[US]D. Waters Heathers [film script] vs: No, my life’s not perfect. I don’t really like my friends. jd: I... I don’t really like your friends either. vs: Well, it’s just like they’re people I work with, and our job is being popular and shit.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 3: It sounded to him, with all that static and shit, that the brothers were talking Chinese.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 53: Cain’t a muthafucka make hisself a phone call without y’all acting up and shit?
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I resolved to get out of the office more and into, like, nature and shit.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 14: It gets all up into your cells and shit.
between a shit and a sweat

(US) in an unpleasant situation.

[US]letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 171: To tell the plain truth we are between a sh-t and a sweat out here.
crock of shit (n.)

see separate entry.

in (the) shit

in serious trouble; extended as in deep shit.

[[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 549: We are damnably beshit, since you give no heed at all to the equity of the plea, and the devil sings among you].
[UK]K. Amis letter 24 July in Leader (2000) 288: If chaps in the shit climb out of the shit, it’s by good luck, not by their own efforts.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 80: I’m stuck, see? Square in the shit.
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 92: Barry’s gone and got himself in the shit.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 88: We’re in deep shit.
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 130: You’re in shit up to your neck.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 340: You’re in the shit, aren’t you, Jimmy?
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 65: All of a sudden Magro is in the shit up to his earlobes and thinking seriously about dialling nine-eleven.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 228: You’re in the shit, old boy.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 299: I knew I was in the shit, but I didn’t think I rated the top dog.
[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 234: I’ll be in the deepest shit you can imagine.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 328: Guy called him, not unduly apologetic for leaving him in the shit.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 114: Here we are today, still living in shit.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 167: You’re all in serious shit. Guaranteed.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 511: He’s in the shit again.
[UK](con. 1980s) N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 282: It looked like I was well in the shit.
[Aus] P. Corris ‘Prodigal Son’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] You’re in the shit, facing a gaol term.
line of shit (n.)

nonsensical talk, usu. intended to persuade.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 119–20: They’ll bring you cigarettes and candy to the jail / with a whole line of shit; ‘Daddy, I’m gonna get you out on bail.’.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 288: Remember that line of shit that officer gave us when we landed?
[US]R. Price Clockers 502: I just asked why you were throwing me a line of shit.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 89: He’s givin’ the same line of shit to the towns, and the acts, and a few guys in Local Eight.
my shit

(US black) an apology, ‘my mistake’.

[US]P. Beatty Tuff 153: ‘Be quiet, Smush, you trippin’?’ ‘My shit,’ Fariq apologized, quickly setting about covering his slip.
puddle of shit (n.)

rubbish, nonsense, anything or anyone unappealling, worthless.

[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 301: Every way of life is the end of the road, the puddle of shit to drown in.
seven kinds of shit (n.) (also seven colours of shit, ...shades of shit(e), ...sorts of shit, ...types of shit(e), ...kinds of tar)

intense unpleasantness; usu. with knock/kick/beat/batter/lick/thump..., to beat severely.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 121: If that long spunking piece of piss pokes his head in here after us, I’ll knock seven different sorts of shit out of him.
[UK]C. Lee diary 20 Nov. in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 185: If that had happened to one of them, he’d have knocked seven types of shit out of the Third Mate .
[UK]C. Wood ‘Prisoner and Escort’ in Cockade (1965) I iii: We’d have knocked seven colours of shit out of old Joe.
[UK]Flame: a Life on the Game 69: I told her what happened, and when I say she kicked seven kinds of shit out of me, I mean she licked seven kinds of shit out of me. She knocked me from one end of the flat to the other.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 656: knock seven kinds of shit out of you [...] since ca. 1920 [Ibid.] 1227: thump seven kinds (occ. shades) of shit out of [...] since ca. 1950.
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 245: Agry kicked seven shades of shit out of them.
[UK]I. Welsh ‘The Shooter’ in Acid House 4: Then we would knock seven types of shite out of him.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 243: I’m gonna batter seven shades of shite out of yeh.
[UK]Guardian Editor 5 Nov. 19: Who is the next person that is going to pull a black bag over your head and beat seven kinds of shit out of you?
[UK]Guardian G2 2 Feb. 16/1: The nation’s attention focuses upon large men knocking seven kinds of tar out of each other.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 116: They threatened to kick seven different colours of shit out of me.
shit for brains (n.)

see separate entry.

shit-for-nothing (adj.) (also shit for the catfish, shit-for-wage)

(US) third-rate, of very poor quality.

[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 128: I don’t respect nothin nor nobody. We’s all shit for the catfish by and by.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 66: Shit-for-nothing, bunkhouse hostels saturated with cockroach poison.
[US]D. Gaines Teenage Wasteland 202: A shit-for-wage job.
shit on (adj.)

humiliated.

[UK]W. Talsman Gaudy Image (1966) 43: We’re both the shit-on hero.
[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 171: A boy so treated is said to have been dumped on, flushed or shit on.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 353: shit on, to be. To be dumped on; to be jilted or flushed, as by one’s date (also to get the brown helmet) Wayne: I’m just getting shit on here. Shit on.
shit on a string (n.)

something extremely hard or impossible to do.

www.computerandvideogames.com [Internet] World Cup is of course ‘completely different’ from FIFA 2002. That’s different in the same way that a shit on a string is different from a turd on a rope.
posting at www.hotlyrics.net 6 June [Internet] This [i.e. a record] absolutley [sic] sucks like shit on a string.
shit on a shingle (n.) (also cream on a shingle, SOS, unmentionable on shingles) [shingle n. (1)]

1. (mainly US milit.) minced beef on toast.

[US]P. Kendall Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: cream on a shingle . . . creamed beef on toast.
[US]M. Berger ‘Army Lang.’ in AS XX:4 Dec. 262: S.O.S. a familiar but unpopular Army breakfast food.
[US]J.L. Riordan ‘Some “G.I. Alphabet Soup”’ in AS XXII:2 Apr. 111: Such terms as S.O.L.,10S.O.S.,11 and T.S.12 [10. ‘S—t out of luck.’ 11. ‘S—t on a shingle,’ i.e. creamed meat (usually chipped beef) on toast.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 50: Three times a week ground beef with gravy on toast [...] SOS, they call it. Shit on a shingle.
[UK](con. 1940s) D. MacCuish Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 119: Simply shit on a shingle [...] Dee-licious!
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 74: ‘We should have shit on a shingle this mornin’.’ ‘That’s not too bad [...] I like creamed beef on toast ... puts hair on your chest.’.
[UK]True Apr. 39: For breakfast, mess halls still serve ‘unmentionable on shingles,’ and GI’s down on their luck are still advised to have the chaplain punch their ‘TS cards’.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Short Timers (1985) 63: Our own mess hall serves Kool-Aid and shit-on-a-shingle — chipped beef on toast.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 463: The kitchen orderly slopped a ladleful of the brown red mush atop a soggy piece of toast [...] ‘Shit-on-a-shingle.’.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 350: shit on a shingle (creamed chipped beef on toast, often abbreviated S.O.S. and known in the Navy as shit on a raft).
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 75: Favorite breakfast: Shit on a Shingle.
[UK]Guardian 30 Dec. 90/2: Elvis: The Army Years are represented by ‘SOS’ (Shit on a Shingle).
[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] shit on a shingle (nounphrase) chipped beef on toast. US army term popularized during World War II.
NYR Dly 9 July [Internet] We did our best to get enough food. We tried to get in front of the hunger by eating casseroles, greasy noodle dishes, and white bread covered in that sweetened condensed milk. Or SOS—‘shit on a shingle,’ toasted white bread with white gravy—ground beef when we could afford it.

2. as an excl. of astonishment.

[US]S. King Misery (1988) 181: Shit on a shingle! Love it!
shit on a stick (n.)

1. (US, also you-know-what on a stick) someone important.

[US]W.L. Heath Violent Saturday n.p.: People always putting on the dog, trying to act like they’re you-know-what on a stick.
[US]in DARE 915/1: (When you can see from the way a person acts that he’s feeling important or independent) [...] Shit on a stick but he ain’t far on a splinter [...] hot shit on a stick [...] (people who are, or think they are, the best society of a community) shit on the stick.

2. (US black) a self-appointed tough guy, more words than action.

[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].

3. a phr. used of someone one who is (looking) unwell or unhappy.

E. Falco Winter in Florida 38: ‘You look like shit on a stick.’ [...] ‘Give me a hand. I feel like throwing up.’.
J. Collins Love or Money 66: You look like shit on a stick. [...] Dad said you had a falling out with Sylvia.
V. McDermid Mermaids Singing 149: ‘You look like shit on a stick.’ ‘Never mind me.’.
shit on wheels (n.)

(orig. US) an important person, a person who thinks that they are important.

[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 218: ‘Ain’t that shit of wheels?’ Dewey said, watching them go.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 353: shit on wheels. Very remarkable; often ironic as applied to people who are not as good as they think they are.
to shit (adv.)

a general intensifier.

[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 55: If Jerry hadn’t taken all his stuff down to the Somme, we’d be shelled to shit in half-an-hour.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 338: Leo, followed, brushed past him toward the closed door. ‘Hope t’ shit it opens.’.
[UK]W. Eyster Far from the Customary Skies 220: I swear to shit I couldn’t remember.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 360: My girl Marylou, queen of all the acrobats, / The things that she will do will drive a man to shit.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 25 Oct. in Proud Highway (1997) 406: I just wish to shit I had somebody within 500 miles capable of giving me one.
[UK]Oz 20 31/1: His face is really just beat to shit.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 162: I was utterly shocked—shocked all to shit—at who T. J. had with him.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 918: He’s beat to shit.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 71: Radio’s torn to shit.
News-Press (For Mysers, FL) 7 Oct. 14/2: A guy stepped on a booby trap and was blown to shit.
[UK]P. Barker Blow Your House Down 56: Ah well. Be a lot of girls go hungry to shit if that caught on.
[UK]A. Bleasdale No Surrender 55: But y’ shouldn’t get beaten t’ shit just f’ bein’ a fool.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 139: Come home at night, exhausted, beat to shit.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 112: The three plunked themselves on the hood of a beat-to-shit pickup.
[UK](con. 1990s) N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 406: They’re not used to the potency of street heroin as compared to the cut-to-shit heroin they have been getting in prison.
[US]J. Stahl Bad Sex on Speed 58: The chipped-to-shit pipe [...] so hot she needed an over mitt to hold it.
[UK]Guardian 25 Oct. 7/2: ‘We’ve been shot to shit’.
up in someone’s shit

(US black) interfering, ‘poking one’s nose in’.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] up in someone’s shit Definition: not minding ones own business, interfering in the affairs of others. Example: Bitch, why you all up in my shit!
[US]Simon & Zorzi ‘Unconfirmed Reports’ Wire ser. 5 ep. 2 [TV script] It’s your people up in my shit. [...] Motherfuckers from my own city.
up the shit

(US campus) in large quantities.

[US] Eble Campus Sl. Fall 6: out the ass – in large quantities [...] Also up the shit, out the butt, up the bazooka.
what’s the shit?

(US) what’s going on, what’s happening?

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 253: ‘What’s the shit?’ Caterpillar asked. ‘Nothing much.’.
with the shits

(US black) in agreement, supportive.

Chief Keef ‘I Don’t Like’ [lyrics] Them youngins with the shits, they be totin’ pipe.

In exclamations

for shit’s sake! (also for shit sake! shit sake!) [euph. for for crap’s sake! excl., itself a euph. for for Christ’s sake! excl.]

an excl., usu. used to indicate one’s mild annoyance.

[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 220: ‘Mama-san, for shit’s sake,’ Poke said wearily.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 11 March in Proud Highway (1997) 442: For shit’s sake stop calling me a ‘liberal’.
[US]T. Berger Sneaky People (1980) 210: ‘How many’s that make now?’ ‘Shit sake, seven,’ said Vinnie.
R. Carver Stories (1985) 356: ‘For shit’s sake!’ she said.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 239: I’m going to get anorexia again, for shit sake.
[US]P. Cornwell Blow Fly (2004) 94: Oh, for shit’s sake, I’m gonna call you Benton.
I’ll be dipped in shit!

(US) an excl. of surprise.

[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front 2: The casualty stared happily at his leg. ‘I’ll be dipped in shit. I’ll be the only man in history got a Purple Heart on the way to a whorehouse’.
[US]Analog Science Fiction 98 37: Well I’ll be dipped in shit [...] Congratulations! That’s terrific.
(con. 1970) J. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) n.p.: ‘Well I’ll be dipped in shit,’ Garbageman said. ‘Go git the LT.’ ‘I’ll git um, Pop,’ a third soldier volunteered. ‘I’ll git um but I’ll be dipped in shit, too’.
[US]J. Ciardi A Second Browser’s Dict. 248: Well, I’ll be dipped in shit!
[US]D. McGowan False Stature 176: ” He was startled by the bellowing voice. ‘I’ll be dipped in shit!’.
K. Stamper Twitter 1 Mar. [Internet] Well, I’ll be dipped: #WordByWord has been chosen as one of Amazon’s top ten best books of March!
like shit!

a sarcastic retort of dismissal.

[Can]M. Atwood Cat’s Eye (1989) 370: ‘That was years ago,’ I say. ‘Thousands of years ago. It wasn’t important.’ ‘Like shit,’ he says.
no shit!

see separate entry.

shit howdy!

(US) a mild excl.

[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 13: Shit howdy, don’t got no fuckin’ teeth, just keep on gummin’ at your organ.
shit oh dear! (also shit oh dearie oh!)

(N.Z.) an excl. of regret, sorrow.

[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 186: shit oh dear/oh dearie oh Exclamation of regret, if not lamentation, eg. ‘Bowled for a duck first ball in both innings – shit oh dearie oh’.