1. [early–mid-19C] in plays on the ‘red coat’.
(a) (also soldier in the salt) a red herring.
(b) a boiled lobster.
(c) (W.I.) a crayfish.
(d) a bloater.
2. [1930s] (US) a term of address, usu. to one whose name one does not know.
3. in prison/Und. uses.
(a) [1930s] (US prison) a lookout man during a burglary.
(b) [1960s+] (US Mafia) a lower echelon member of a Mafia family, the run-of-the-mill gangsters who fight the gang wars.
(c) a hired killer.
(d) [1990s+] (Aus./US prison/Und.) a member of a prison gang.
4. [1940s] (US) a dollar.
5. [1970s+] (UK black) a member of a (teen) gang.
6. [2010s] (UK black) the penis.
SE in slang uses
[late 17C–early 19C] a very large bottle.
[late 19C+] ‘goodbye, good luck and fuck you!’; ‘hello, how are you and fuck you!’.
[mid-19C–1900s; 2000s] masturbation.
see under maund n.
[late 19C] (US short order) fishballs and dropped eggs.
[late 18C–mid-19C] a piece of tallow or animal-fat candle.
[late 19C] nothing; a drink of water and a cigarette or pipe.
[mid–late 19C] an empty pocket.
[20C+] the washing of one’s face with a scoop of water in cupped hands rather than using a flannel.
see under come the... v.
1. [late 19C+] an empty bottle; thus half-dead soldier, a partially empty bottle.
2. US drugs an empty crack vial.