Green’s Dictionary of Slang

goods n.

1. the female body, usu. in the context of prostitution.

[UK]London-Bawd (1705) 1: She sets up for Procurer of fresh Goods for her old Customers.
[UK]J. F---g Epistle of a Reformed Rake 47: There is so much reason to expect a constant supply of fresh Goods at Market.
[UK]R. King New London Spy 94: That pursey beldam has her emissaries [...] who look out for fresh goods.
[UK]Nocturnal Revels 2 75: She soon obtained as pretty an assortment of fresh goods as could be found in London.
[UK]Peeping Tom (London) 13 52/3: ‘My lord, the prisoner says, that John Sterry had her goods for his.’ [...] ‘Then ask her, [...] what goods she means.’ ‘Why, my lord, such goods that I can’t for shame tell’.
[UK]Bath Chron. 6 Feb. 6/2: Dr Franklin used to say that rich widows are the only piece of second-hand goods that sell at prime cost.
[US]G.J. Kneeland Commercialized Prostitution in N.Y. City 87: A young girl apparently eighteen years of age: She was the ‘fresh goods,’ – the object of the ‘line-up,’ as it afterwards developed. [Ibid.] 91: Hearing of places where business is better, owners and pimps shift their ‘goods’ about.
[UK](con. 1940s) G. Morrill Dark Sea Running 158: See the strawberry blonde? She’s nice goods.
[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 154: I wasn’t so hot on taking secondhand goods, see?
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 39: Mimi and Moo [...] were showing the goods in a neon glow.
Cham ‘Fat Punnany’ 🎵 She have di body weh seh rae ’pon do Coca Cola shape / [...] goods to keep nigga head turnin’.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 82: I’d kick myself in the ass, ass backwardz if I didn’t attempt to get the goodz, knowin’ that I wanted a piece of the pie.
P. Abbott ‘Allure Furs’ in ThugLit Feb. [ebook] ‘Be a good girl and show him the goods’.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 274: Two women doffed their bikini tops and flashed their goods.

2. constr. with the, the real thing, the ideal thing or person.

[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 4: Well, when it comes to Reverence you’re certainly There with the Goods!
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 80: If Fred had caused a stuffed tiger [...] to be entered in a race and then put his bunch in to back it, he would surely have been there with the goods.
[US]J. London Road 114: He thought I was the real goods, liked me because I was not stupid, and liked me a bit, too, I think, for myself.
[US]H.E. Lee ‘Tough Luck’ Variety Stage Eng. Plays 🌐 You are the real goods why without you a Royal flush is impossible and besides if I had the message I’d admit you to a front seat and wouldn’t let you buy a ticket.
[UK]J. Masefield Everlasting Mercy 12: It’s all your own, but don’t be rash – / He’s got the goods if you’ve got cash.
[US]‘Sing Sing No. 57,700’ My View on Books in N.Y. Times Mag. 30 Apr. 5/6: Take it from me, Bo, Nat [Nathaniel Hawthorne] is there with the goods.
[Aus]E. Dyson Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 155: We jolt him up with a couple of old and ugles [...] and then [...] we race him at the real goods.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 182: ‘There’s something in this, Bertie.’ ‘It’s the goods.’.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 16: Otero was the goods.
[US]A.E. Duckett ‘Truckin ’round Brooklyn’ in N.Y. Age 11 July 7/1: Leonard Diggs is keeping that heart warm for Inez Robsinson...Looks like the real goods.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 62: Tommy was captivated. She was the goods and no error.
[UK]A. Christie Body in the Library (1959) 73: Her name’s Miss Marple [...] Where crime is concerned she’s the goods.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 247: The real goods. You can tell the pure merinos in a minute after jumped-up bitches like D. D. T. and her crowd.
[NZ]I. Hamilton Till Human Voices Wake Us 93: They went out thinking The Hill [i.e. Mt Eden Prison] was the goods.
[UK]‘Raymond Thorp’ Viper 77: It’s [i.e. cocaine] the goods [...] have you got any more samples?
[US]R. Serling ‘The Whole Truth’ in New Stories from the Twilight Zone 17: That’s the goods, isn’t it?
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 208: Old Pokey Nose thought he was the real goods.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 20: He had considered what Rosi was offering. Even if the American failed to come up with the goods, chapter and verse, it still meant the end of Jack Manso and his firm as it existed.
[NZ]G. Johnston Fish Factory 1: ‘Little Willy was getting himself quite well organised with that dark-haired bit.’ [...] ‘Any minute now Little Willy should be unwrappping the goods.’.
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 84: So, at his reflection, I look the goods, right?
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] The blonde-haired bloke from Queensland looked the goods, obliterating everyone in his path.
D. Shaw ‘Dead Beard’ at www.asstr.org 🌐 Every jam jar in my yard is the goods, I don’t deal in anything that’s stoke on trent, and never mind the slander about car salesmen always telling pork pies.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Old Scores [ebook] Organisational charts. Bank statements, receipts, money transfers. ‘This looks the goods, Frank. Even if it’s a year old’.
[Scot]29I. Welsh Dead Man’s Trousers 29: You fucking came up with the goods.

3. (US Und.) constr. with the, stolen goods, contraband; usu. catch someone with the goods, to catch someone in the act.

[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Back to the Woods 12: Every horse that finished last gave me the trembling lip as he crawled home, well aware of the fact that I had caught him with the goods.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 98: Wouldn’t you say ‘stung’: if you were a great special prosecutor and went around the world hollering your head off about graft and [...] you suddenly were caught with the goods yourself.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 294: She’s scared he might do somethin’ desprit ’count of the disgrace of bein’ caught with the goods!
[US]F. Packard White Moll 93: Did you read in the papers that I was arrested last night for theft, caught with the goods on me, but escaped?
[US]E.S. Gardner ‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 285: Did you catch him with the goods?
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 175: I may be caught with the goods on me.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 129: We caught ’em with de goods, too, spying.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 203: You mean she didn’t come up with the goods?
[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 32: Nobody notice Duane sidlin up to the goods.

4. constr. with the, accurate information, the truth, esp. when used in an unfriendly manner towards its subject.

[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 212: I’ve got the goods for Steve and what’s better ’n that.
[US]H.C. Witwer Smile A Minute 215: His sister got me with the goods the other day when she asked me to let her see the handwritin’ on the letter.
[US]F. Packard White Moll 172: Dat’s de straight goods.
[UK]J.B. Booth London Town 275: Tom is not above using his power on the press in the City. It is a commercial age, and the Honourable Thomas is ‘out for the goods’.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 546: See you tomorrow with the goods.
[US]‘Curt Cannon’ ‘Die Hard’ in I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 23: ‘The goods, he said, ‘The goods. Honest.’.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘I’ve Got the Goods’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 174: My dad left his copies [i.e. of Confidential] out. I got the goods [...] My dad said Yul Brynner was a poonhound. He had the goods.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 203: I know. let’s slam Mr Blacklist. He always gives up the goods.

5. (US) alcohol.

[US]A. Adams ‘Around the Spade Wagon’Cattle Brands 🌐 ‘Say [...] I have some choice old copper-distilled, sent me by a very dear friend in Kentucky.’ The goods were all he claimed for them.

6. (US Und.) money.

[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 173: ’I’m kind o’ leary o’ being stuck up — not on ’count o’ being overloaded wid de goods, but I don’t want to take no chance o’ gettin’ a beatin’’.
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 14 Sept. 10/3: Goods— Money.
[US]F.H. Tillotson How I Became a Detective 91: Goods – Money.

7. (US) an attractive woman.

[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 125: I tell you she’s some goods. Watch me go across an’ win her from them cheap skates.

8. the male genitals.

[[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 81: That enormous machine of his [...] together with its bottom dependence, the inestimable bulse [i.e. package] of lady’s jewels, form’d a grand show out of goods indeed!].
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 373: So grieved he also in no less measure for young Stephen for that he lived riotously with those wastrels and murdered his goods with whores.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 63: He would [...] do little dances of adjustment to secure and anchor his goods against the coming violence.
[Aus](con. 1964-65) B. Thorpe Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 79: ‘Give us a feel.’ She grabbed my goods through the sheets.

9. drugs.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: The goods, dope; any of the narcotics.
[Aus]H. Drake-Brockman Men Without Wives I i: She’ll caution you, me boy, and me too, if we don’t produce the goods. Where have you stowed it?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Rock 47: That boy was hidiong the goods [...] But I don’t smoke weed.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).
[UK]A. Bleasdale Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 110: You have got the stuff, haven’t you? You did bring the goods?
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 49: I put some goods out on the street [...] Forty bags with these kids from Jennings Street.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 341: goods: Drugs, usually in reference to sale or purchase.

10. constr. with the, sexual intercourse.

[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 8: They don’t even bother to get your Amex authorised before coming across with the goods.

In phrases

deliver the goods (v.)

1. (also deliver, show the goods) to meet expectations, to fulfil one’s promises.

[[US]Chicago Trib. 14 July 2/2: They undertook to sell out the Irish vote [...] and are very much surprised to find they have ‘sold short’ and cannot deliver the goods].
Buffalo Courier (NY) 1 Jan. 1/4: The little junta of republican editors, who have promised him the delegation, do not possess and cannot deliver the goods.
[US]Topeka State Jrnl (KS) 26 Sept. 2/3: When any Greenbacker [...] undertakes to sell the Greenback party out , and turn it over to St John [...] he cannot deliver the goods, and is only cutting his own throat.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 230: B. Franklin Granville got out his book and delivered the goods all right.
[UK]Sporting Times 21 Apr. 2/1: As for Passaic, he will live long in my memory as by far the best ‘goods’ ever delivered from the mouth of a jockey.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 41: They had only to ‘deliver the goods,’ produce something which was new and startling.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Oct. 13/4: But the theatre is commercially honest, it delivers the goods, whereas the Bethel gives its patrons only great expectations.
[US]N. Putnam West Broadway 35: ‘I’ve always been well paid when I could deliver the goods’.
[US]Broadway Brevities Dec. 50: Jack ‘delivers the goods,’ to which his steadily increasing clientele fully testifies.
[US]N. Anderson Hobo 25: He soon loosens up but he does not show the goods.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 263: If he can deliver the goods, I’ll take care of him.
[US]W.M. Raine Cool Customer 280: If I take your money, I’ll deliver the goods.
[US]W.R. Burnett Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 190: Is he going to deliver?
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 196: It was unquestionably up to Esmond Haddock to deliver the goods.
[US]J. Stearn Sisters of the Night 64: These madams make big promises, but I delivered the goods.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 237: You’d better deliver, Lee.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 33: They can also deliver.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘Whitey’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 192: I made my statement, and apparently delivered the goods since the judge passed a sentence of six months — suspended.
[UK]Observer Screen 23 Jan. 7: It means you really have to deliver.

2. to perform sexual intercourse.

[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 270: Want a woman who can deliver the goods.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 3: deliver the goods – for a male to have sex with a female.
have the goods on someone (v.) (also get the goods on someone)

1. to have or obtain incriminating evidence, negative facts etc. about something or someone, esp. to the subject’s disadvantage, orig. used for racehorses and athletes.

Butte Dly Post (MT) 29 Sept. 1/5: Evan should stick to what he says. ‘Have the Goods on Him’. What he really said can be easily proved by stenoigraohic notes.
Congressional Edn 6160 5612: He told me if he had not confessed they would indict him, that they had the goods on him, and that he had to come across.
[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I x: You’re badly ‘wanted’ if we could get the ‘goods’ on you.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 98: They had the goods on us [...] it would be a waste of time to stand trial.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 66: Steve thought they had the goods on him.
[UK]E. Glyn Flirt and Flapper 31: He’s got to coax his wife to divorce him — unless he can get the goods on her.
[US]W.N. Burns One-Way Ride 57: I’ve got the goods on you. You and John Novotney and Max Kasper and George Stober robbed that bank out in LaGrange.
[US]W. Coburn Law Rides the Range 43: I got the goods on Bull Mitchell this time.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Klump a la Carte’ Popular Det. July 🌐 We are willin’ to pay a fair fee for somebody to git the goods on that joint.
[US]W.R. Burnett Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 152: I should have let the District Attorney send you up. He had the goods on you.
[US]A. Hynd We Are the Public Enemies 136: The FBI had the goods on her now.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 101: I know what happens when one turtle dove gets the goods on the other turtle dove.
W.M. Kunstler Hall-Mills Murder Case 144: ‘I guess they’ve got the goods on ’em now,’ he said exuberantly.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 170: The prospect of having the goods on Manso was exciting.
[US]R. Coover Public Burning (1979) 168: Maybe the FBI had told David that they already had the goods on Ethel and Julius.
[Ire]T. Murphy Conversations on a Homecoming (1993) 56: Don’t be making wild-life faces at me, cowboy, I’ve got the goods on you!
[Aus]S. Geason Shaved Fish 159: She’s got the goods on him and he’s afraid she’ll use them.
J. Feiffer in W. Miller Non Sequitur’s Beastly Things ii: Wiley, as in while you, the reader, can’t figure out the cartoonist, he, the cartoonist, has got the goods on you.
[Ire]P. Howard PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 59: They’ve got the goods on me this time.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 103: ‘I’ve got the goods on them’.

2. to place someone else at a disadvantage, in any confrontation, physical, mental, financial etc; thus to arrest.

[US]Atlanta Constitution 29 Aug. 42/2: I got the goods on you all right. Come on over and see the ‘skipper’ (captain).
[US](con. 1920s) S. Lewis Elmer Gantry 470: What of it, you big lummox! We’ve got the goods on you.
[US]E.S. Gardner ‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 285: We got the goods on him right enough.
[US](con. 1910s) J. Thompson Heed the Thunder (1994) 226: There was no way he could lie out of it. They had the goods on him.
[US](con. 1910s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 35: We got the goods on Whitey [...] we can do anything on his beat.