1. fig. terms based on size or physical resemblance.
(a) (also cockboat) the vagina; thus a prostitute or mistress [cock n.3 (1)].
|Misc. 112: Why Peg, dost imagine there ever could be, A likeness between Edward’s Darling and thee? No, no, my dear Punk, you’re a different thing [...] Ned’s Cockboat was she, but you are the Town Lighter.‘On Miss W**DC**K’s’|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 126: He peep’d in every coney borough, / Examin’d all their rotten boats, / And all the women’s petticoats.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 194: Nacelle, f. The female pudendum; ‘the boat’.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(b) (US) an airplane.
|in Stars and Stripes 8 Feb. 8: The engine of my boat died on me just over Rombach [HDAS].|
|(con. 1920s) Big Money in USA (1966) 962: It was a relief Bill Cermak was there to get the boat into the hangar.|
(c) (also big boat) a large, trad. American car, esp. a large station wagon.
|Hopsville Kentuckian (KY) 30 Nov. 3/2: So he shot round the corner, exulting to feel / the way the old boat always answered her wheel.|
|Indoor Sports 15 June [synd. cartoon] This boat of mine has gone 65,000 miles [...] It’s the best engine that was ever built.|
|Jargon Book 4: Big Boat – A large automobile.|
|Smile A Minute 291: I wouldn’t get in that boat for a cut of the Liberty Loan [...] If that thing’s a auto, I’m president of Samoa!|
|West Broadway 107: But ye gobs [sic] and little fishes! We was to learn the real truth about why a car is called a boat!|
|Babbitt (1974) 20: I don’t want to take the old boat but I promised couple o’ girls [...] I’d drive ’em.|
|‘Is Anything Wrong In That?’ [lyrics] A man loaned me his Cadillac, [...] Well, it was so cold in that great big boat, / So, I just went and took his raccoon coat.|
|Detective Fiction Weekly 13 June [Internet] That boat looks and runs like new!‘Dead Steal’|
|What’s In It For Me? 254: For that boat of yours, they’d give you a damn nice allowance.|
|Ten Detective Aces Apr. [Internet] ‘If you don’t get that hospital destination out of your brain, I’ll splatter it all over your boat.’ [...] ‘Okay, mister. Where do you want I should drop ya?’.‘Coffin Custodian’|
|On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) (2007) 330: Geeyah, roll old boat roll! That magnificent car made the wind roar.|
|On The Road (1972) 212: This boat cuts so fast that we can make it without any time trouble.|
|Mean Streets [film script] 14: This is some boat. Your father’s?|
|Union Dues (1978) 204: We’re gonna [...] put this boat on cruisomatic over the Mystic River Bridge and up onto the Naweast Expressway.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 40: A big white Pontiac Bonneville came barreling by, a real boat [...] the kind of twenty-foot frigate they stopped making about 1980.|
|Stormy Weather 76: Tony’s huge boat of a Chevrolet.|
|Walkin’ the Dog 93: All I got is room in this boat. Ride on up front with me.|
|Rough Trade [ebook] I hadn’t driven a car in almost six years. And when I did, it certainly wasn’t the boat that Miss Kitty was.|
(d) (US) a large shoe or boot.
|Spring Fashions 20 Mar. [synd. col.] You never hear of policeman’s shoes being designed after any kind of boat except a canal boat.|
|Girl He Left 142: What have you got on those boats? Oil of chromium? [HDAS].|
|Oui Mar. 69: On your feet you’ve got those stacked-heel, two-toned, perforated leather . . . boats.|
(e) (US Und.) a freight car used to transport bootleg beer.
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/3: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘boat,’ a beer-laden freight car.|
(f) (US) a large foot.
|Clockers 91: Too small for your fat fuckin’ boats.|
|Cause of Death (1997) 74: I feel sorry for a woman with boats that big.|
2. lit. terms of transportation.
(a) (UK tramp) a jail sentence; a life sentence; thus get the boat below.
|Fast and Loose III 45: Say I have been copped, that I am going back to the ‘boat’ (penal servitude), and that I shall be away about three years.|
(b) (US Und.) transportation from one prison to another; the mode of transport is irrelevant.
|Boss 34: Another yeep, an’ the boat’s waitin’ for you! You’ve been due at the Island for some time.|
|DAUL 31/1: Boat, n. (P) A transfer of convicts from one prison to another. ‘I’m dropping in a tab (note) to make an Auburn boat.’.et al.|
|Prison Sl. 9: Train Refers to prisoners being transported from one institution to another. (Archaic: boat, draft).|
(c) (drugs) a 1,000 tablet shipment of Ecstasy.
|Microgram Bulletin XXXVII:1 11: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Vancouver, British Columbia, has noted an increase in the supply of seized MDMA, with 1,000-tablet shipments, known as ‘boat’ shipments, the most common.|
3. (drugs) fig. ideas of transportation [? one ‘sails away’].
(a) a cannabis cigarette.
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 274: ‘Gimme some of that boat, man.’ Ray handed Monroe a lit joint.|
|Acid Alex 237: I looked outside and there were a couple of ouens smoking a boat.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 4: Boat — PCP.|
|Drama City 204: Eddie Davis, up on PCP [...] When he was smoking that boat, Eddie felt as if he had the strength of ten men.|
(UK Und.) to be transported to Australia.
|Manchester Eve. News 16 Oct. 4/2: I learned from scraps of conversation they had ‘done the boat’ (the slang term for the now abolished system of transportation) from London.|
to be sentenced to transportation overseas or a severe form of penal servitude.
|Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 8: Got the boat ... Twenty years, or Life.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a yachtsman; a sailor.
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] The wrinkled old boatie in a captain’s cap [...] and deck shoes.‘The Break’ in|
(US) a recently arrived immigrant.
|One Police Plaza 111: She’s a real boat jumper, brogue and all.|
|Guardian 13 July [Internet] Philipps had described [Gina] Miller as a ‘boat jumper’.|
see separate entry.
(US) a pleasant, undemanding task.
|Brass Ring 379: This is a boat ride, f’crissake. There ain’t a kraut within half a mile [HDAS].|
(US Und.) a professional gambler who works the transatlantic liners.
|Big Con 290: boat rider. A professional gambler who rides the ocean liners and frequently ropes for confidence games. Also deep-sea gambler.|
(US black) to walk, to travel.
|Harlem, USA (1971) 320: I boated it down to Forty-sixth where the joint was.‘The Winds of Change’ in Clarke|
(US Und.) to become partners with.
|Vocabulum 13: ‘To boat with another;’ to go in with him; to be his partner in the same boat — in the same scrape.|
(US) of an immigrant, recently arrived; the implication is of naïveté.
|Jimmy Bench-Press 85: He’s an off-the-boat nephew of Aniello Vignieri, from the other side [i.e of the Atlantic].|
to join, to take shares with.
|Sporting Mag. June IV 161/2: With talents never questioned for rowing in the boat, our hero has not the vanity of rolling in his carriage.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: To row in the same boat; to be embarked in the same scheme.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 262: row in the boat to go snacks, or have a share in the benefit arising from any transaction to which you are privy. To let a person row with you, is to admit him to a share.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 152: To row in the boat ― to partake in the adventure, as robbery, gambling, &.|
|Biglow Papers (1880) 110: I edvise the noomrous friends that’s in one boat with me.|
|Brighton Gaz. 12 Aug. 3/3: ‘We row in the same boat, you know,’ said a literary friend. [...] Jerrold replied, ‘True, my good fellow [...] but with very diufferent skulls’.|
|Sherborne Mercury 8 Sept. 6/7: ‘Why is impossible for two bishops to row in the same boat?’ ‘Why, because they are in different seas (sees)!’.|
|Essex Newsman 7 Dec. 3/2: The chairman believed the labourer and the tenant would row in the same boat before long.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 284: Requesting that they tell the kicker he was in the same boat with the gambler, as he would be fined just as much.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 101: ‘What’s the good of cursing?’ said Stalky at last. ‘We’re all in the same boat.’.‘The Impressionists’ in|
|Ulysses 73: You and me, don’t you know? In the same boat. Soft soaping.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 41: We’re all in the same boat now.|