Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blossom n.2

SE in slang uses

Pertaining to redness

In compounds

In phrases

brandy blossom (n.) (also brandy nose)

a red-pimpled nose, the result of excessive drinking of brandy; also the pimples themselves.

[UK]Examiner (London) 22 Apr. 12/1: Mrs Rebecca Higgins, a stout matronly-looking female, with a phiz of the genuine brandy blossom.
Burling Free Press 23 Aug. 1/3: The complexion of the face was a cadaverous white, liberally sprinkled [...] with gin and brandy blossoms.
[Ire]Dublin Wkly Nation 25 Sept. 10/1: Acne rosacca, the malady coarsely translated as ‘brandy blossom’.
[US]Democratic Press (Eaton, OH) 27 Dec. 2/1: In our saloons, men with noses tipped with brandy blossoms may be heard discussing on the evils of slavery.
Galaxy Mag. (US) 16 624: She got out at her usual corner, with a small, depraved-looking grocery stuck on the nib of it, like a brandy blossom on a drunkard’s nose.
[US]New National Era (Wash., DC) 18 July 5/1: They grasp at the contemptible office of drink-mixer [...] while Bardolph noses glow with full-grown brandy blossoms.
[UK]Belfast Morn. News 10 Apr. 4/7: His worshippers carry brandy blossoms on the nose.
[US]Indianapolis Jrnl (IN) 21 Dec. 5/6: His pale, soulful young face, with here and there a brandy blossom on [...] the bridge of a pug nose.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Sept. 31/2: Here sits Bandicoot, the broker, eating in a desp’rate hurry, / Scowling at his left-hand neighbor – Cornstalk from the Upper Murray, / Who with brandy-nose empurpled, and with blue lips crackled and dry, / In incipient delirium shoves the eggspoon in his eye.
[UK]H. Baumann Londinismen (2nd edn).
[US]Pacific Commercial Advertiser (Honolulu, HI) 1 Dec. 1/4: Peterson is an habitual drunkard [...] with a nose that must have cost a fortune to acquire [...] a genuine, twenty-carat brandy blossom.
[US]Dly Gate City (Keokuk, IA) 13 Mar. 5/2: That blear-eyed, brandy-breathed, blossom nose, blotted face, bulging bodied boozer.
gin blossom (n.)

a red nose or blotches resulting from drinking alcohol; also attrib.

J. Churchill ‘King Caw’ in Poems II 158: Description is baffle’d, when soaring to speak / Of the prominent gin-blossoms, gracing each cheek!
[S. Warren] Ten-thousand a Year 48: By-and-by Mr Gammon, and Messrs Bloodsuck, (senior and junior,) Mudfint-Woodlouse, Centipede, Ginblossom, Going Gone, Hie Haec Hoc, and others, made their appearance.
[UK]E. London Obs. 16 Oct. 3/6: A man with no whiskers and gin blossoms on his nose.
[US]N.O. Republican (LA) 22 Aug. 8/1: They are blooming all over with folly spots, as well soaked topers do with gin-blossoms.
[US]Nat. Republican (DC) 17 Sept. 2/5: As the sun’s rays glanced iagonally across his nose the gin-blossoms bloomed.
[US]Abilene Wkly Reflector (KS) 2 Aug. 4/3: If you see a man with gin-blossom on his nose and a whole gin-boquet [sic] in his breath, the chances are that he is a Democrat.
J. Darier A Textbook of Dermatology 38: This condition [i.e. rosacea] in particular is designated popularly as ‘gin-blossom’.
[[US]Maines & Grant Wise-crack Dict. 9/1: Gin-blossom – Flapper who likes to bloom now and then].
M. Hellinger Moon over Broadway 237: Beautiful blossoms have replaced the gin blossoms.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 1 Oct. 27: The no-nonsense, gin-blossom-decorated Tommy Lee Jones [...] heads off in pursuit of the real killer.
R.D. Tkachuk Killer Within 80: [...] who was looking straight ahead with a grin pasted under the glossy red slits that were his eyes, the gin-blossom nose vibrant with fresh burgundy hues.
grog blossom (n.) [grog n.1 (1) + SE blossom-faced, having a red, bloated face; note 1960s US campus blossom, a pimple]

a red face caused by the bursting of blood-vessels through excessive, long-term drinking; also attrib.

[Racing Calendar 346: Grog-blossom, 4a, 43].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: grog-blossom. A carbuncle, or pimple in the face, caused by drinking.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[US]M.L. Weems Drunkard’s Looking Glass (1929) 124: A Rose-bud, a Carbuncle, or Grog-blossom on your learned snouts.
[Ire]‘A Real Paddy’ Real Life in Ireland 74: A fellow of infinite humour, witness the pimples on his nose, vulgarly called grog blossoms.
[UK]Morn. Post (London) 13 Oct. 4/1: We may guess by the grog blossoms on your nose!
[UK]Hereford Jrnl 16 Dec. 4/5: They kept hailing each other [...] till they made everything out as plain as the grog-blossoms upon Darby’s nose.
Northern Star & Leeds General Advertiser 20 July 1/6: The grog-blossomed nosed landlord.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Handley Cross (1854) 502: His snub nose bore some disfiguring marks, called by the florists grog-blossoms.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Mar. 2/6: A dapper little man with a grog-blossoming nose.
[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms 280: rum-bud. A grog blossom; the popular name of a redness occasioned by the detestable practice of excessive drinking.
[UK]Exeter Flying Post 14 July 6/2: Mr Grogblossom drank rather more than his ususal allowance of hot rum and sugar.
[UK]Fife Herald (Scot.) 8 Dec. 2/5: A red face shall be a letter of recommendation; and so many grog-blossoms.
[UK]W.H. Smyth Sailor’s Word-Bk (1991) 350: Grog-Blossom. A red confluence on the nose and face of an excessive drinker.
[UK]Leicester Chron. 20 Apr. 12/2: Try a few grog-blossoms; they are the things to make a nose gay.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Feb. 9/1: Like other princes […] advancing age, while expanding his waist-band and multiplying his grog-blossoms, has left unimpaired his taste in pretty faces.
[UK]W. Besant Fifty Years Ago 169: The outward and visible signs of rum were indeed various. First, there was the red and swollen nose, next, the nose beautifully painted with grog-blossoms.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 11 Feb. 1/6: A drunkard is one sort of viticultural machine [...] Likewise, a grog-blossom is a horticultural exhibit.
[UK]E. Pugh Street in Suburbia 111: Between you an’ me, the on’y flowers ez I ever noticed that Tony Burrett was fond of was grog-blossoms, an’ I must give ’im credit for cultivatin’ them.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Mar. 6/1: Most of ’em are grey-headed and bald, one or two have grog-blossom noses.
[UK]‘Taffrail’ Sub 54: He had grog-blossoms on his nose [...] though I never actually saw him the worse for liquor.
[UK]V. Palmer Passage 22: The man’s got a grogblossom nose like Corny Lait’s.
[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight 248: Grog-blossoms, Pimples achieved by furious drinking.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 27: A pair of startlingly large white ears standing out against his facial grog-blossom like fungus lilies on an ancient monument.
[UK]Guardian G2 29 Oct. 15: These, as the result of intemperance, are apt to become affected and the nose reddened. To this the term ‘grog-blossom’ is popularly applied.
rum blossom (n.)

a red face caused by the bursting of blood-vessels through excessive, long-term drinking.

United States Mag. Aug. 183/1: Then we have the ‘bottle-nose,’ the ‘carbuncle nose,’ the ‘rum-blossom nose,’ the ‘squab-nose,’ the ‘flat nose,’ and the nose with the knob at the end.
W.H. Gray Hist. Oregon 116: His face had become thin from the free use of New Orleans brandy [...] showing indications of internal heat in bright red spots, and inclining a little to the rum blossom.
Halifax Courier 10 Nov. 3/4: American jottings. If a man getsa boil on his nose hiks wofe calls it a rum blossom.
[UK]Leeds Mercury 19 July 20/2: Red nose [indicates] over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages [...] rum blossom is ne of the most cruel names applied to it.
toddy blossom (n.) [SE toddy + blossom-faced, having a red, bloated face]

1. a red face caused by the bursting of blood vessels through excessive long-term drinking.

[US]Knickerbocker (NY) Feb. 137: The appetite for this drink may be discovered by the organ of Toddytiveness, which is situated upon the nose, and is vulgarly known by the name of Toddy-blossom.
[US]Dayton Dly Empire (OH) 23 Mar. 2/1: How to make a nose gay — cultivate toddy blossoms.
[US]Cambria Freeman (Edensburg, PA) 3 Nov. 1/7: Teacher: ‘What have I got on either side of my nose, Johnny?’ ‘Toddy blossom; so father says’.
[US]Bozeman Avant Courier (MT) 7 Aug. 2/1: ‘I can always tell water when I see it,’ remarked toddy blossom the other day. ‘It looks so much like gin’.
[US]Sun (NY) 1 Apr. 14/1: His nose assumed an unaccustomed redness, and a toddy blossom of voluptuous proportions.
[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 17 Sept. 4/2: ‘You asked me [...] why I entertained a prejudice against water,’ said a gentleman with a toddy-blossom on the end of his nose .
[UK]Derry Jrnl 20 Nov. 3/3: The toddy blossom on the nose has been for years an affliction of the amateur inebriate.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]Morn. Astorian (OR) 20 Mar. 2/3: Now that alcohol has been officially condemned as a food, the toddy blossom culturists need not despair. They should [...] prove that water isd an intoxicant.
[US]Ocala Eve. Star (FL) 17 Sept. 3/4: There are quite a few men [...] who need to Kalsomine their bugles quite often to tone down the toddy blossoms thereon.
[US]Coconino Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 8 Aug. 11/2: Dear friends, five years ago I was a diseased, rotted wreck [...] a red-nosed ruin [...] blear eyes and toddy blossoms all over me.

2. (US, a drunkard) .

[US]Northern Trib. (Cheboygan, MI) 5 Nov. 3/1: He’s a ‘toddy blossom’ and ‘hangs up his landlord’.

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)]

(Aus.) to commit pederasty.

[Aus]‘No. 35’ Argot in G. Simes DAUS (1993).