1. as a bodily fluid.
(a) vaginal secretions; thus gravy bowl, the vagina.
|‘Broadside’ in Fruit of That Forbidden Tree (1975) 31: I slept with her all night: / I supped upon a cony fat / Whose gravy was delight.|
|Sodom 1st Prologue: You’ll find Some of their Cunts so stuff’d with gravy thick / That like an Irish Bogg they’ll drown your prick.(attrib.)|
|Letters from the Dead to the Living in Works (1760) II 258: Dainties [i.e. whores] that were hot and hot, never over-done, but always with the gravy in them.|
|‘Meat & Gravy’ Fanny Hill’s Bang-up Reciter 19: The Blowen stoop’d down [...] And the chamber-pot she fill’d right bang to the brim. [...] Then he pull’d out his something, and in the bright drain / He wash’d and sloos’d it again and again; / Said he [...] I’ve had de gravy, but de meat is too dear.|
|‘Yarhoo Doodle’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 61: As you’re to be my slavey / Before you cook my grub, / Let me taste your gravy.|
|[song title] You Can Dip Your Bread In My Gravy, But You Can’t Have None Of My Chops.|
|‘Good Sauce from the Gravy Bowl’ [lyrics] I like good sauce in the gravy bowl, / Must be sauce about ninety days old! / Good sauce, good sauce from the gravy bowl!|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 600: Called her Fuzz ’cause her hair is wavy, / Pull out my peter and dip it in the gravy.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 106: Beef stake, poke steak / make a little gravy / Your thing, my thing / Make a little baby.|
|‘U4ME’ (poem) on Originality [Internet] (Not to be sexist) Stirring the sauce, thickening the gravy / Polishing your fingertips, tickling the baby.|
(b) semen; thus gravy-receiver, the vagina.
|Wandering Spy XV 8–15 Sept. 59: He lov’d his meat over done, and so by consequence the gravy must be all out, and so by consequence, Neighbour, you know.|
|Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 97: Again he wan atweesh my thies, / And, splash! gaed out his gravy.‘Dainty Davie’|
|‘Will You See What I Have Got?’ Secret Songster 46: It’s like a beefsteak pudding, / Or something there about; / For no sooner it comes near the lips, / But the gravy it runs out.|
|‘Tim Finigan Wakes’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 91: Then Irish f—king soon began, / And Irish gravy then was spent.|
|‘Pete in “No Pay”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 43: I shoved the throbbing monster in her gravy receiver.|
|‘Amos ’n Andy’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 71: Hoist dat big sweet ham [...] I’se going to pour hot gravy on it.|
|in North Carolina Folklore III 366–7: Fry a little meat, and make a little gravy, / Hug my wife and kiss my baby.|
|The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 6: Good night, Guts. Don’t let your meat loaf, your gravy might curdle.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 91: Tell him I don’t want his gravy going all over the bedspread.|
|Bell’s Life in London 7 May 3/2: January, like his namesake [...] took the lead [...] cracking the pieman’s crust and spilling his gravy [...] The pieman was overdone [...] having both ogles completely shut up.|
|in Bk of Sports 262: To see them mill was Tom’s delight! / And serve out — ‘the gravy!’.|
|(con. 1821) Fights for the Championship 65: He received one heavily upon the mouth which [...] drew lots of gravy.|
|Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] What little gravy he’d spilled was already dark, coagulated.‘Coffin for a Coward’ in|
|Hell on Hoe Street 88: I smacked him on the hooter with a headbutt [...] gravy everywhere.|
(d) (drugs) the mix of blood and heroin solution that is created in a hypodermic syringe before it is reinjected into the vein; it can coagulate while in the syringe and, when this happens, must be heated before the injection.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 11: Gravy — Heroin.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 99: gravy sweat.|
2. in fig. use, i.e. as a bonus, something extra.
(a) money, esp. profit when easily acquired, a tip or bonus, something that comes ‘on top of’ something that is already very good; thus as v.
|Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 19: It makes them look strange to the public, for it ‘Gravies,’ as they call it, and thus they give these children sometimes half the money they draw.|
|Sat. Eve. Post 30 July 13/1: Stick him for all you can. You’re a hard worker, and you mustn’t let someone else git the gravy [DA].|
|Top-Notch 1 Apr. [Internet] Would the editor get all the gravy?‘Stroke of Genius’ in|
|Yes Man’s Land 224: I’ve took in plenty gravy during my mad career in the ring.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 396: It’s a hundred-thousand-dollar job [...] there’s going to be real gravy.Young Manhood in|
|(con. 1917) Soldier Bill 41: They would not do their share, but if there was any gravy to be handed out, then they were always around looking for something easy.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 181: Won’t McGovern keep soaking up that million-dollar gravy off the top.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 155: So peaceful did it all become that there was no gravy left for the small-timers.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 195: Why should I break my balls for some Jew for a lousy couple of bucks a week and they get all the gravy.|
|Guardian 11 Nov. 23: It still doesn’t explain how gravy came to be equated with money.|
|Apocalyptic Crawfish! 16: And they’re payin’ me seventy-five scoots a week. It’s a cinch. Seventy-five rubles, and the job is potatoes and gravy.|
|‘Gravy’ [lyrics] Fuckin with the midnight ladies – the game is cold but it’s gravy.|
(b) (orig. US) extras, perquisites, the best; money paid as bribes.
|DN IV:iii 233: gravy, n. The best. ‘He always gives me the gravy’.‘College Sl. Words And Phrases’ in|
|Professor How Could You! 276: Don’t I get a chance at the real gravy?|
|World to Win 333: Stay right here at home and let the saps pull out and leave the gravy fer the wise birds.|
|Generation of Vipers 231: Business cannot let go [...] its perquisites of swag, won bets, tribute, lucky dough, family endowment, and so on. This is the gravy.|
|Best that Ever Did It (1957) 24: I wised the boy up, told him not to cut in on the big brass’s gravy.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 159: She’s [i.e. a prostitute], this one’s gravy, right, Honey?|
|London Fields 171: If Keith had been inclined to think in Darwinian terms, he might have said to himself that the additional blondes were pure gravy for the brothers, because they kept the black bird-pool high.|
|Da Bomb Summer Supplement 7: Gravy (adj.) A bonus to something good.|
|I, Fatty 85: The cheap labor and materials were just gravy.|
(c) good fortune.
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 198: This marrying a millionaire ain’t all gravy.‘Second from the End’|
|San Bernadino Co. Sun (CA) 25 Mar. 41/1: Many owners leave their cars unlocked repeatedly [...] This is what the auto thief calls ‘gravy’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 636: Getting all these tough breaks when fellows like Red Kelly were starting to swim in gravy.Judgement Day in|
|Redemption in G. Feldman (ed.) Protest (1960) 109: Not a cent to that cretin! He had already got his share of the gravy.|
|(con. 1972) Witness to Power 142: He’ll just take the gravy and leave the President all the negatives and the problems.|
|Sl. and Sociability 15: Hot ‘sexually attractive’ is currently in vogue for the umpteenth time, as well as gravy for ‘an easy test or course’.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 5: GRAVY – going well.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 150: What started off as a rotten day had turned out gravy.|
(d) (US) emotional stimulation.
|[||N.Y. Times X2/5–6: The big laughs for jasbo, hokum, and gravy, as we call broad humor, frequently come from the women patrons in the house where it is performed].|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 259: He preached to them, he gave them ‘gravy’, he gave them consolation.‘Pork Chop Paradise’|
|Rockabilly (1963) 34: This was big gravy now, no time for sentiment.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 139: For extra gravy, he added, ‘Love the Sho-Lo.’.|
3. (Aus.) any form of tinned food [supposedly the creation of cartoonist Emile Mercier (1901-81) who regularly used the word in unusual contexts, notably a can labelled ‘gravy’, noted by Baker as ‘being one of the few things that are not canned’].
|[||Brisbane Teleg. 20 Oct. 4/1: Emile Mercier ‘explains’: ‘Once I drew two metho’ drinkers sitting amid a pile of garbage. With all the empty tins scattered about. I decided to label one and the word I thought of was ‘gravy.’ The idea that hit me was: ‘Whoever heard of gravy in tins?’].|
4. (US) alcohol.
|‘The Shakes’ [lyrics] Got the shakes / Too much gravy / [...] / I’ll go sober.|
1. (US) a sinecure, a simple, substantially profitable situation from which one can benefit easily.
|DA].It Took 9 Tailors 141: Once you get on the Hollywood gravy boat, it is no trick to make money; the trick is to keep it [|
2. a wealthy person.
|Iron Orchard (1967) 154: Your girl-friend’s got the gravy boat. I got no money.|
(US) a sinecure, a simple, substantially profitable situation from which one can benefit easily.
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 162: You’re fucking partners with the cocksucker who put me away, you’re sucking the same gravy case.|
1. the vagina.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. the penis.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(US) a person with an easy job; a leech on one’s friends.
|Trinity Archive 27 320: Dr. Titus Sycophant, Dean. Dr. Grafton Peoples, Dean of The School of Finance. [...] Coy — gravy-rider and son of a trustee.|
|Amer. Legion Weekly 6 Oct. 29: Even if the Chief was a boot and a gravy-rider, he was handy with his dukes [HDAS].|
|Princeton Alumni Wkly 75 65: ‘He was kind of a gravy rider. He would accept favors from pretty near anybody.’ He told how Halliburton’s roommates once had to plot to get him to pick up a dinner check.|
|(con. WWII) oral testimony in HDAS I 956/1: Gravy-riders were nonflying support personnel, or anyone with a soft job and little responsibility.|
(US) an easy, profitable or successful situation.
|N.Y. Post 19 Mar. 3: This is gravy street for them [HDAS].|
see vinegar strokes under vinegar n.
see separate entry.
see bring home the bacon under bacon n.1
see under dish (out) v.
1. of a man, to reach orgasm.
|DSUE (8th edn) 497/1: C.19–20.|
2. to hit, to beat.
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 137: And I’ll give you some gravy, / Of that I’ll take my davy, / If you try to prig my gold.‘The Bould Yeoman’ in Farmer|
to perform oral sex.
|Smell and Quim [Internet] The three most recent Smell & Quim releases are: [...] ‘Smell & Quim Go Down for the Gravy’ Live CD.|
|Really the Blues 131: We were in the gravy once more.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 26: He’s gotten in the gravy before, supplying guns.|
see ride the gravy train under gravy train n.
(drugs) of a narcotics addict, to reinject the blood that has been drawn into the syringe and there mixed with the heroin solution.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 101: Had the needle clogged, he would have dumped the mixture of blood and drugs back into the cooker, heated it until the blood dissolved, and started over. Addicts call this ‘shooting gravy’: ‘Because that’s what it is — right? Cooked blood?’.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Straight Outta Compton 15: Clive’s daddy was shooting gravy up his arm like it was water.|
see under swap v.
SE in slang uses
bleary-eyed, having mucus-filled eyes, thus n. gravy eyes; note naut. gravy-eye, the notorously tedious 0400-0600 watch.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 2nd series 27: A hanger-on to bracket-faced, carotty-pated, gravy-eyed ape-leaders.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 2 Feb. 33/3: ‘To hail with joy the hacknied waist / And gravy eyes of Mary Jones’.|
|People’s Jrnl 1 Aug. 94/1: I had the gravy-eyed trick (from four to six) that morning at the wheel.|
|[||On Many Seas 41: The trick at the wheel from four to five a.m. is called the ‘gravy eye’ because of its notorious tediousness].(H.E. Hamblen)|
|Around the Galley Stove 6: A ‘gravy eyed’ Dutchman stands at the wheel, blinking owlishly into the mist ahead.|
|Motley 136: I’m just lonely here; it’s a luxury to me to see a face that's not that gravy-eyed old warder’s.|
|First Voyage 185: I [...] had dressed by the simple process of pulling on my trousers, I no longer felt gravy-eyed.|
|Celtic Story I 85: Why, you couldn’t knock a fly off a cow turd, you gravy-eyed bugger, you!|
|Vision Splendid 12: If you gravy-eyed bitches don’t get a move on I’ll come down there and kick last year’s goannas out of you.|
see gravy adj.
(Ulster) a doughnut.
|Way West 290: ‘Good for another trip?’ [...] ‘Good as gravy,’ Hig answered.|
(US black) to be enjoying a materially successful life.
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com [Internet] Gravy on (one’s) grits: adj. Said of an individual who has proved to be a success in financial matters; Rich. ‘Why don’t Jeremy come ’roun hea’ no more? He always be out oozin’ an’ schmoozin’ a’ late.’ ‘He got gravy on his grits now, man. He don’t need ta’ be pimpin’ wit’ us at de quickie mart like we’s use to.’.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
|Ade’s Fables 104: They agreed that it [i.e. an operetta] was Hot Gravy and too good for the Stage.‘The New Fable of the Uplifter’|
(US) a mild oath.
|Working-man’s Gazette (VT) 19 Jan. 130/1: By gravy! I’ll get up early to-morrow morning! [DA].|
|Weekly Nashville Union XIII Oct. in Inge (1967) 71: ‘I say, did that feller get a swing at your rear?’ ‘No, by gravy! he didn’t that.’.‘There’s Danger in Old Chairs!’|
|‘The Telegraph in S. Louis’ in Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 108: Good as wheat, by gravy!|
|Chattanooga Daily Amer. Union 31 Oct. in Inge (1967) 175: He [...] didn’t mean to condescend to even see me, by gravy.‘Saul Spradlin’s Ghost’|
|Manchester Courier 24 Jan. 9/5: By gravy, I saw a fellow [...] go into one of the biggest establishments there, and I’m a snoozer if he didn’t raise the whole house with two jacks.|
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 12 May 12/3: By gravy, it was the funniest time.|
|Westerners 121: By gravy I believe that’s right!|
|Bismarck Dly Tribune (ND) 23 Aug. 8/2: Man Hoosiers swear ‘by gravy’’.|
|Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 6 Feb. 6/4: By gravy, she must have seen Elmer Jones comin’ home from the dance.|
|Reporter 196: Good gravy! Were all of them insensible!|
|Rustlers of Beacon Creek (1935) 35: By gravy [...] that’s The Lonesome Kid’s hoss!|
|Pulps (1970) 78/1: Yes, by gravy.‘A Ticket Outside’ in Goodstone|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 315: If I’d lose my ore rocks hyere an’ m’ womernn, both, by gravies, I’d feel jest as bad as you do.|