Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blossom n.2

SE in slang uses

Pertaining to redness

In compounds

blossom-top (n.)

[mid–late 19C] (US) a red-headed or red-faced person.

In phrases

brandy blossom (n.) (also brandy nose)

[early 19C-1910s] a red-pimpled nose, the result of excessive drinking of brandy; also the pimples themselves.

gin blossom (n.)

[19C+] a red nose or blotches resulting from drinking alcohol; also attrib.

grog blossom (n.) [grog n.1 (1) + SE blossom-faced, having a red, bloated face; note 1960s US campus blossom, a pimple]

[late 18C+] a red face caused by the bursting of blood-vessels through excessive, long-term drinking; also attrib.

rum blossom (n.)

[late 19C-1900s] a red face caused by the bursting of blood-vessels through excessive, long-term drinking.

toddy blossom (n.) [SE toddy + blossom-faced, having a red, bloated face]

1. [mid-late 19C+] a red face caused by the bursting of blood vessels through excessive long-term drinking.

2. [late 19C] (US, a drunkard) .

General uses

In phrases

put a blossom on it for (v.) [ety. unknown; ? ref. to the freshness of a SE blossom + it n.1 (2)]

[1950s] (Aus.) to commit pederasty.