(orig. US) a general intensifier, usu. derog. but not always.
|implied in piss-rotten|
|Way West 253: The Snake ain’ no piss-piddle of a river.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 80: Aah, you ain’t fit yet to talk about combat, you piss-bellied—.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 41: You sloppy piss-witted bastard!|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 9: pissdrunk – drunk.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 114: The only soul inside was the owner, piss-drunk.|
very bad, very unpleasant.
|(con. 1940s) Singapore Grip 179: They produce this piss-awful rubber but that’s their business.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 84/1: piss awful very unpleasant.|
|Guardian Rev. 21 Jan. 18: Grunge deliberately looked and sounded as dingy, abrasive and piss-awful as its perpetrators.|
|Viz Oct./Nov. 2: Oh, fuck that Tom! It’s piss easy.|
|Layer Cake 9: I reckon it [i.e. drug dealing] must look very inviting, like piss-easy money, which it is when all goes well.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
|Viva La Madness 330: Piss-easy, this bodyguarding lark.|
see separate entries.
1. third-rate, incompetent, useless.
|Glory for Me 183: I guess I know I'm piss-poor in a job like this.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 370: Frank had asked him how it was: Poor as piss, he answered, poor as piss.|
|letter 23 Jan. in Leader (2000) 419: Snap judgment on what I’ve seen (not much): P.P.P. (pretty pisspoor).|
|Proud Highway (1997) 283: It’s kind of honorable to tilt with the Rotary Club, but piss-poor when they shoot you down.letter 20 Aug. in|
|Blue Knight 240: My partner, a piss-poor excuse for a cop.|
|Skin Tight 22: Weather was piss-poor, that I know.|
|Guardian Guide 31 July–6 Aug. 4: The mezzobrow postmodernism and the piss-poor sequels.|
|Guestbook 8 Mar. at r1pilot.sportbikeworld.com [Internet] I’d rather have a Honda MELODY instead of that PISS POOR BAG OF SHITE HAYAPUSSY!!!|
|Truth 137: Jerry the tech in headphones, fiddling, tapping, talking to his throat mike. ‘Yeah, piss-poor, yeah, okay, here we go’.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] They did a piss-poor job of making it look like he’d killed himself.|
2. totally lacking in finances.
|[||Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 234: Don’t stay to pick a single fob; / Tho’ we are poor as we can piss].|
|Proud Highway (1997) 327: A piss-poor living it is.letter 13 Mar. in|
|Walking With Ghosts (2000) 116: She’s piss-poor.|
|Viva La Madness 289: I knew [...] all his big piss-poor family.|
appalling, unpleasant, distasteful.
|Cantos lxix 174: Bingham, Carrol of Carrolton Gone piss-rotten for Hamilton Cabot, Fisher Ames [etc.].|
|Ziggy’s Video Realm [Internet] The movie furnishes some of the most piss rotten production values since Ed Wood graced us with Plan Nine From Outer Space.|
|Apprentices (1970) II iii: They’re piss scared I’ll cause trouble.|
|Born in the RSA (1997) 50: I could have fought Pierre Fourie but he was piss-scared of me.‘Outers’|
|Observer 3 Oct. 22: She’s sick, sick, just piss-sick, of everything now being all hype and no content.|
(orig. US) very ugly.
1. weak, cowardly, pathetic (cf. weak as piss under weak adj.).
|Nobody Dies But Me (2003) 70: [I]f it is possible to muck it up further The Mucus will, and although he’s only pissweak, in a physical sense, he has a temper like a bloody wild cat.|
|Burn 132: Billy’s walkabout was piss-weak compared to what mine was.|
|Breaking Out 169: You are a bloody lop-eared, snaggle-toothed, drippy faced, feeble-minded, piss-weak, [...] fart-faced flip of a fucking galah!|
|Homesickness (1999) 299: They were piss-weak in the war.|
|G’DAY 94: Yer not gunna cop out now. Come on — we’re late [...] (mutters) Piss-weak!|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 84/2: piss weak inadequate or mean or cowardly.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 58: I’ve heard some piss-weak bullshit in my thirty years in union politics but [...] you really take the cake.|
|Bug (Aus.) Aug. [Internet] I sort of expected such a pissweak insult from the repesentative of this gutless mob of Sprungkok black shooters.|
|Truth 239: That’s the fed approach [...] Any phone, anybody, any time, any reason, no matter how pissweak.|
2. of alcohol, lacking strength.
|Gutted 167: ‘Gimme a pint.’ I pointed to some piss-weak-looking Belgian brand on the pump.|
(Aus.) to run (away) fast.
|Urban Dict. 7 Sept. [Internet] pissbolt Australian slang [...] You should have seen that kid pissbolt out of there.|
|Thrill City [ebook] Saw you piss-bolt down the street.|
|Twitter 29 July [Internet] I just piss-bolted to catch a fucken train and fucken got there right as the door was closing.|