1. any situation.
|‘’Arry on Law and Order’ in Punch 26 Nov. 249/2: Brickbats and hoyster-knives? Walker! Not on in that scene, mate, not me!|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 226: It was still a bum scene.|
|Absolute Beginners 50: If you go in anywhere, they take for granted that you know the scene.|
|Night Song (1962) 176: Let’s make the bed scene again.|
|All Night Stand 92: It all happened in scenes that were beyond my control.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 34: The fuckin’ scene has ended, and there’s no place to go but up.|
|Brown’s Requiem 70: The whole scene is a long-gone dead duck.|
|Up the Cross 173: ‘I was [helping] [...] but that is now not the scene’.(con. 1959)|
|Homeboy 195: This scene stinks even without the stogie’s help.|
|White Teeth 17: You into that kind of scene?|
2. a place, esp. a party.
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. iii: The only thing that kept me from having a scene with myself was the fact that I had drank up all my merry Yuletide gifts.|
|Melody Maker Sept. 61: Since ‘Nelly Kelly’s Cabaret’ came on the scene, it’s put fresh kick into dancing.|
|Jazzways 16: By 1907, Bolden had disappeared from the scene, confined to an insane asylum.|
|Crazy Kill 27: Don’t nobody leave the scene.|
|Guntz 85: Way out scene man.|
|Burden of Proof 45: Come on to my place [...] We’ll have a scene.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 150: With cops on the scene, man, if you run, you’re taking your life in your hands.|
|Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] Here, have some grass. [...] No, thanks, man. In a scene like this, you get a contact high!|
|Three Plays I ii: Why don’t you check out the scene here, man.‘One Bad Casa’ in|
|Trainspotting 125: The auld boy’s still on the scene in Leith.|
|When Corruption Was King 83: We started busy and only got busier. [...]. Greco’s was always quite a scene.|
3. the fashionable world, usu. of the young, as defined by the current trends.
|Bits of New York Life 20 Dec. [synd. col.] My temper always reaches the boiling point when I am far from the scene.|
|Hepster’s Dict. 9: Scene – Any jam session or party.|
|Gandalf’s Garden 6 n.d. 11: the scene is an atmosphere rather than a locality, of things happening in people’s heads all over the world, and the places where people of alive minds [...] congregate and manifest their ideas creates that nebulous thing called ‘The Scene’, wherever it may be.|
|Serial 21: It’s her scene. She’s got a different lifestyle.|
|Harder They Come 152: Cho man, you new to de scene.|
|Powder 6: Helmet pointedly excluded Sensira from any ‘scene’.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 27 Sept. 🌐 A ‘face’ was the term used by Sixties Mods to describe a respected member of their scene.|
4. (drugs) the drug-taking environment.
|Golden Spike 163: Cool it, man. You weren’t on the scene, that’s all. Waiting for you, I could have died.|
|Scene (1996) 24: This is ‘the Scene’, addicts’ jargon meaning the place where everything’s going on, where dope, women, or any other commodity can be bought or stolen.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 223: scene Social patterns of drug use in a particular area, usually referring to a college or high school.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 117: He knew the streets and the scene.|
|Happy Like Murderers 151: You could crash there and you could score [...] It was a whole scene there in the centre of Cheltenham.|
5. (gay) a lengthy sexual encounter; often paid-for.
|Joint (1972) 191: We made some fine scenes with the young pachucos of the region.letter 12 Oct. in|
|Plender [ebook] ‘I don’t want the law linking your little scenes with my little scenes. That’s why I’m asking’.|
|Faggots 41: ‘Did he elucidate upon his . . . encounters?’ [...] ‘Scenes. They’re called scenes.’ [Ibid.] 263: I forgot to tell you that I had this date tonight with Dennis. We’re going to do a leather scene.|
|Macho Sluts 42: Submissive straight men paid her to do scenes with them.|
|Swimming Pool Library 202: Anyway, he got involved in some other really heavy scene. This taxi-driver that tied him up and whipped him.|
|Gayle 93/2: scene n. [...] 2. a sexual encounter (I had a scene with X last night).|
6. (orig. US black) choice, preference; usu. as not one’s scene
|Girl Called Honey 146: ‘You're different,’ she said. ‘Different? Just because I like girls? That's not all that different, baby. It’s my scene. You've got to be tolerant of another person’s scene, baby. It's the only way’.|
|Numbers (1968) 64: Lots of the guys here, they go for the three-B’s scene — you know, blow-job, bed, breakfast.|
7. a sexual relationship.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Out of Time (ms.) 73: ‘You can’t just sit here being available for Doc,’ I told her. ‘Isn’t there anyone else you fancy a scene with?’.|
8. (US gay) a situation created as a backdrop to a given sexual fantasy.
|Rebecca’s Dict. of Queer Sl. 🌐 scene — [...] (2) in BDSM, the arranged and negotiated sex or play; the framework (e.g. a ‘cop scene’ is one in which one or more of the players takes the role of a cop) or period of time (e.g. ‘Master Bob praised his submissive before ending the scene.’) in which BDSM activity takes place. Used more loosely, it means any non-vanilla sex act.|
9. (S.Afr. gay) the meeting places and relationships of the gay community.
|Gayle 93/2: scene n. 1. the gay world of bars, clubs and private relationships.|
an overly histrionic actor.
|News Jrnl (Wilmington, DE) 25 Mar. 4/2: An Iowa letter stigmatizes a rather poor theatrical troupe as ‘a gang of scene chewers’.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 11 Mar. 2/2: [N]o Italian scene chewer must ati tempt to fire off his bald-headed photographs.|
(gay) one who frequents the world of bars, restaurants and streets equated with the gay lifestyle.
|Orlando Sentinel Trib. (Nexis) 17 Aug. 24: The group strays gratifyingly far from the usual rock subjects, discussing...the life of a bored scene queen in ‘My Friend Goo’ .|
|Guardian 31 Jul. n.p.: I’m not a scene queen. Not a camp thing. I enjoy a pint in a pub and I don’t go to nightclubs.|
(US) to leave.
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 95: We cut the scene, take off for the party.‘Cool Cat’ in|
1. to be involved in a particular situation, esp. one that features fashionable, smart people.
|Joint (1972) 54: We turned on and, in local idiom, ‘made the scene’.Ex Post Facto in|
|Crust on its Uppers 127: They spend too much trying to make the scene with the big-income groups.|
|Where Have All the Soldiers Gone 23: I‘t’s not like we didn’t want to make the scene’ .|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 94: Snakey or Slats – who each or both never really ‘made the scene’ with me.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 110: Most of the acts making the scene downtown kind of fell in love with her.‘Detroit Redhead’ in|
2. to go somewhere.
|AS XXX:4 305: split to make a scene, v.phr. Go to a class or to take some other repeated course of action.‘Wayne University Sl.’|
|Mad mag. Apr. 29: Man, I never make the scene with more than 20 skins in bread.|
|Pimp 101: Let’s split and make the scene at the ‘lair’.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Blood on the Moon 22: ‘I wants to die! [...] I gots to make the scene on de other side!’.|
3. to understand, to appreciate a situation, to experience something.
|Mad mag. May–June 20: I would make the scene for such crazy action.|
|AS XXXIII:3 224: Most of us have little trouble understanding the story of the cat (or stud) who, having eyes to make the scene with his chick (or hen), dons his front (or threads), his skypiece, and his kickers, jumps into his short (or wheels, or lush-wagon), and plays on down to her pad (or rack, or crib).‘Misc.’ in|
|🎵 When she turned blue, all the angels screamed / They didn’t know, they couldn’t make her scene.‘Run, Run, Run’|
4. to appear, to be present.
|🎵 I’ve got smog in my noggin ever since you made the scene.‘Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb’|
|Return of the Hood 7: In a way it was lucky that the cops made the scene first.|
|Pimp 91: That stud would have got busted [...] if the ‘heat’ had made the scene.|
|Serial 18: The guy she was waiting for [...] hadn’t made the scene.|
|Mouse Rap 32: When we first make the scene there aren’t too many people around.|
|Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 44: She made the scene in the dinged-up booth, across from him.|
5. (US gay) to have sexual intercourse.
|Lavender Lex. n.p.: make the scene:–To engage in sexual relations. ‘Making the scene’ would mean that two homosexuals are at least parttime lovers.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 29: make the scene (v.): Engaging in sexual intercourse.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 130: to be successful in finding sex [...] make the scene with.|
1. describing an unpleasant or unacceptable situation.
|Some Gorgeos Accident 107: Do you hear me? This isn’t my scene, this crumby dump.|
|et al. Desire, high heels and red wine stet l.c. in title50: This isn’t my scene anymore. Take me somewhere calm.|
|Harrison 146: He looked around the place and said to me, ‘Hey, man, you know, this isn’t my scene.’ .|
2. describing anything not to one’s taste.
|Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 69: That’s not my scene any more, thank God.|
|Minder [TV script] 26: The ’73 weren’t my scene at all.‘You Need Hands’ in|
|in Living Dangerously 99: I’ve never mugged anyone [...] it just ain’t my scene.|
|Spectator 8 Feb. 🌐 To him it would have been a glitzy hell. As the jazzer poet said himself, ‘It’s all showbiz now. Not my scene, Dad.’.|
(US black) to die.
|Hear Me Talking to Ya 248: Ma had quit the scene.|
|Pops Foster Epilogue 175: On October 30, 1969 at about 3.00 p.m. George Murphy ‘Pops’ Foster quit the scene.|
1. to show off in front of, to attempt to impress.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 89: To scene on someone was ‘frontin’ off, showing off in front of somebody, tryin’ to impress ’em.|
2. to belittle.
|Juba to Jive.|
3. to attempt to gain an advantage over someone by out-talking them.
|Juba to Jive.|
(orig. US) to leave, to depart.
|Candy (1970) 153: That’s right, kiddo, he took it out on the lam, split the scene, cut on out.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 43: Mah man done split one helluva scene on me an’ the kids. Shi-it, iffen that sonavabitch evah showed his skinny ass round ouah pad, Ah’d put a foot up his ass so fast his eyebrows would swing.|
|Stand (1990) 60: Your friends saw what was happening [...] and split the scene.|
|Pimp’s Rap 69: When I come back we’ll split the scene.|