Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tripe n.1

also tripes, tripe box
[SE mid-15C–mid-18C]

1. the guts, the intestines, the stomach; thus double tripe n.1

[UK]J. Mabbe (trans.) Life of Guzman Pt I Bk I 47: We had also fresh Sallad [...] but for such washie Tripes as mine then were, I held it no good meate.
[UK]Jonson Staple of News IV i: Let master doctor dissect him, have him opened, and his tripes translated to Lickfinger, to make a probation-dish of.
[UK] ‘Ballad’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 11: Old fatguts himself, / With his tripes and his pelf, / With a purse as full as his paunch.
[UK]J. Howard All Mistaken V i: Fight with me? by this Light wou’d we Had two Swords, I’de have one pass At all thy Tripes.
[UK]Fifteen Plagues of a Maiden-Head 7: Eating Chalk, Cindars, or Tobacco-Pipes, / Which with a Looseness scowers all my Tripes.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: tripe, the Belly or Guts.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 34: Tripe, the Belly.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 64: She guess’d he’d either got the gripes, / Or some strange twitching in his tripes.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Don’t flash your ivory but shut your potatoe trap and keep yours guts warm, the devil loves hot tripes [...] Tripe. The belly, or guts. Mr. Double Tripe; a fat man.
[Ire]‘Lord Altham’s Bull’ in Walsh Ireland Ninety Years Ago (1885) 89: I’ll butter my knife in his tripes, and give him his guts for garters.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Odes to Ins & Outs’ Works (1801) V 297: Pitt is a violent cathartic, Creating very grievous gripes (in butcher phrase) among our tripes, Making the stomach, head, and heart sick.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘George Barnwell’ in Universal Songster I 19/1: Now soon this voman did persuade him / Vith her fascinating pipes / To go down into the country / And let loose his uncle’s tripes.
[UK]‘A Grand Turn-Up’ in Randy Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) I 188: Give him a poke in the wittling office, cries bandy Moll [...] That’s a queer hit in the tripes!
[UK] ‘The Vent Peg’ Knowing Chaunter 7: Three times a day she’d cheer her tripes with Hyson or Bohea, / For like all other old maids, she was very fond of tea.
[Ire] ‘Ax My Eye’ Dublin Comic Songster 101: Of grub I stows a dollop in / My tripes at least four times a day.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 68: So if you likes to drop in at the arms over the vay, and stick into the munjary, there’s plenty of peck for the tripe box.
[UK]Kendal Mercury 3 Apr. 6/2: Ye knows it isn’t swellish to have von’s tripes blown out like the rum-cull.
[UK] ‘Gorton Town’ in R. Palmer A Touch of the Times 68: Poor folks have empty tripes; There’s no roast-beef to stuff their hides.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 118: [If] I find you and Bedbug aren’t adrift, I’ll get Bedbug and make you eat his tripes.
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 241: You ice-slinging bonehead, come on in here and I’ll pull out your tripe and feed it to the cat.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 279: What time a Hogarthian, gap-toothed, hairy-handed gathering in the public bar were geeing me up, as the carters used to say, urging me to take the landlord’s tripes home for supper, to tenderise his kidneys before stewing them.
[Ire]P. Boyle At Night All Cats Are Grey 76: If a vulture could lick its chops at the sight of a nice steaming mess of human tripes, that was what the bold Scrog was doing.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 44: Cancer had dug its claws into your tripes.

2. in fig. use, the essence, ‘the guts’; thus one’s body, oneself.

Kipling Mine Own People 105: Why the triple-dashed asterisks did ye not let me curl the tripes out of him?
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. 24/4: ‘Shift!’ sez he, ‘’r I’ll belt the tripes out iv yeh,’ he sez.
[Aus]C.H. Thorp Handful of Ausseys 110: Drillin’ the tripe outer us.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Death’s Passport’ in Goodstone Pulps (1970) 117/2: He blooped that sedan up to seventy from a standing start; kicked the everlasting tripes out of it.
[UK]S.H. Bell December Bride 256: Quit that, Molly, or I’ll cut the tripes out o’ ye!
[Aus](con. 1940s) E. Lambert Veterans 80: It it wasn’t spotless and perfectly ironed he’d roar the tripe out of me.
[US]T. Keneally Fear 4: The Comrade will belt the tripes out of you for being cruel to Joseph.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 68: After listening to you my one inclination is to put the width of the Atlantic between my tripes and them Simbas.
[UK]S. Gee Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) 62: They’d beat the tripes out of you just for something to do.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 114/2: tripe human intestines in phrs I’ll tear your tripes out an exaggerated threat of a thrashing, usually to badly behaved juvenile.
J. Simpson This Game of Ghosts 155: Anyway, I thought, watching Wayne strut away from me, the little bastard would probably beat the tripes out of me.
Heard & Woolf Success in Store 119: The destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York knocked the tripes out of international tourism.

In compounds

tripe-hound (n.) [SE tripe/tripe n.2 + -hound sfx]

1. an unpleasant or contemptible person.

[NZ]Taranaki Herald (NZ) 26 July 2/7: Local teams who adopted the probably expressive but inelegant titles of ‘tripe hounds’ (whatever that might mean) and ‘Bonsors’.
[UK]A.N. Lyons Arthur’s 288: Now then – wake up, you tripe-’ound. D’y’ear me?
[Aus]Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) 18 Mar. 6/1: Larkin criticised the Labor Party and those he termed the ‘tripehounds’ running the Labor movement.
[Aus]Cairns Post (Qld) 18 May 2/2: A man who fails to come up to their standard is a ‘tripe-hound’.
W. Chetham Strode Sometimes Even Now 89: That little tripe-hound! All right. I’ll invite him – and he can bring all his ‘lovelys’ and ‘frippets’ with him.
[Aus]Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) 3 Aug. 9/3: It was recently decided at the Guildhall; Court that ‘lying tripehound’ is not fighting talk. One man at Smithfield Market called another that, and the reply was a pair of black eyes.
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 116: ‘Oh, you flabby-faced little tripehound!’ roared Mumma.
[UK]C. Rohan Delinquents 101: You little tripe hound.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 339: That cock-headed tripehound seemed not to have altered in all his waking life.

2. (Aus./N.Z.) a dog, esp. a sheepdog.

[Aus]West. Champion & General Advertiser (Barcaldine, Qld) 4 Dec. 11/3: The owner gravely informed him that the dog in question was a ‘liver-and-white tripehound’.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Cracksman’s Conscience’ Sporting Times 18 Jan. 1/3: I’d one myself, though ’twasn’t quite so costly or well bred, / And I sent him my own tripe-hound by return.
[UK]Chuckles 10 Jan. 1: But mine poor tripehound Snitzel!
[Aus]Mirror (Perth) 31 Mar. 4/7: Charlie D reckons his tripehound is equal to a thoroughbred bow-wow.
[NZ] (ref. to 1890–1910) L.G.D. Acland Early Canterbury Runs (1951) 407: Tripe-hound – Slang for sheep dog.
[Aus]Western Mail (Perth) 20 May 61/1: in Sheep Dog notes [...] Harry quotes some of the brainy things his tripe-hound does besides work sheep.
[Aus]Burra Record (SA) 23 Apr. 4/4: ‘Work of Dogs’ Home [...] to be Cur-tailed,’ says Lady Lyle. ‘Taking a tip from the tripehound?’ queries a correspondent.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 114/2: tripehound sheepdog.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

3. a newspaper reporter or an informant.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Apr. 2/2: A few tale-tellers and tripehound tipsters are likely to get their quietus [...] in very short order.
[UK]D.L. Sayers Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1977) 150: If you’ll call off your tripe-hounds, we’ll let you have an interview.
[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 12 Dec. 9/5: The uxorious ‘Prince’ Aly Khan, due dfor another film start bride, according to the tripehounds.
tripe-wrap (n.)

(Aus.) a newspaper.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Sept. 4/7: ‘This,’ says the evening tripe-wrap sententiously, ‘is in excess of the highest speed [etc.]’.

In phrases

have someone by the tripes (v.)

to have someone at a disadvantage.

[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 206: Think you got me by the tripes since – the accident. But you ain’t. I’m your master any day.
tripe and trillibub (n.) (also tripes and trullibubs) [SE tripes and trillibubs, animal intestines]

a nickname for a fat person.

[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair I iii: There cannot be an ancient tripe or trillibub i’ the town, but thou art straight nosing it.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Tripes and trullibubs, the entrails, also a jeering appellation for a fat man.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.