1. (US) a cosh.
|Rough Stuff 16: My partner proceeded to work on him with a rubber (a cosh) which kept bouncing off his head like a ball.|
2. (US black) a car; thus on rubber, driving a car.
|‘Hectic Harlem’ in N.Y. Amsterdam News 8 Feb, sect. 2: ON RUBBER – Used to signify a person who owns a car, as ‘So-and-so is now on the rubber.’.|
|‘Sl. among Nebraska Negroes’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 317/1: To be on rubber or to be on wheels means to have a car.|
|Tambourines to Glory II ii: All good-looking women like to ride on rubber.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 190: How’d you like to chase around in a rubber like this all the time, beautiful?|
|Room to Swing 11: ‘I’m on rubber,’ I said, nodding at the Jaguar.|
3. (orig. US, also rubber goods) a contraceptive sheath.
|Scarlet Pansy 270: Lovely rubber goods appropriate to the sex of the individual.|
|End as a Man (1952) 91: Maybe next time you’ll use a rubber.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 198: I went down to Doc Parker’s again to get me a rubber.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 212: She was sure she was pregnant. That night the rubber broke.|
|Down All the Days 163: I hope he brought his rubbers with him [...] Durex is a man’s best friend.|
|Faggots 271: Fourteen rubbers, seven diaphragms.|
|Blow Your House Down 42: ‘How much is it?’ [...] ‘Fiver. Straight sex with a rubber.’.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 92: [The] floating rubbers from some hectic night that others have.West in|
|Homeboy 7: The litter [...] of spent rubbers that squished like slugs.|
|‘Ooh’ [lyrics] It’s Trojans, ’cos I love my rubbers.|
|Life 27: Filthy magazines lying around. Used rubbers. Flies buzzing.|
4. a fake or forged cheque; thus drop rubber v., to pass such a cheque.
|On Broadway 21 Mar. [synd. col.] Now there’s a shortage of rubber, what’s he using for checks?|
|DAUL 181/1: Rubber. 1. Forged checks or other instruments.et al.|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 24: How about this paperhanger Hanson, think he could be the phony doctor dropping rubber around here?|
5. (US) a set of tyres.
|Teen-Age Mafia 102: Whitey pushed the Jaguar up to eighty [...] eating up rubber.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 8: At the very least it [i.e. money] would have meant new rubber and a valve job.|
6. see rubber cheque n.
(US) in fig use of sense 3, something worthless.
|Guardian G2 3 July 6/3: The group’s debut album [was] pushed further and further back before Yams declared it a dead rubber.|
see sense 3 above.
a sex shop.
|Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1962) 11: When darkness hid his blushes, he’d slink into one of the rubber-shops and buy High Jinks in a Parisian Convent.|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 162: He turned aside and looked into the window of a rubber shop. Strewth!|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 143: Charing Cross Road with its slum-grey cliffs, its rubber shops and spivs.|
see separate entry.
see burn rubber v.
see under lay v.1
to drive a car very fast.
|‘Yulesville’ in Bench Racer at r.webring.com [Internet] He laid the jazz on me and peeled from the gig, / Wailing, ‘Have a cool Yule, Man!’ and clutched off in his rig.|
|Brown’s Requiem 14: I jammed on the gas, peeling rubber.|
|Wayne’s World [film script] The light changes and they peel off.et al.|
|Stormy Weather 298: Augustine punched the accelerator and peeled rubber.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 150: Monroe tossed dollars at the Ethiopian parking attendant, caught rubber leaving the lot.|
|Nature Girl 145: Skinner heard rubber peeling [...] Louis Piejack’s truck, speeding away.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 178: They flip you the bird and peel out.|
see burn rubber v.
SE in slang uses
(orig. gay) a rubber fetishist.
|Queens’ Vernacular 174: rubber queen rubber fetishist; one who wears rubber, fucks on rubber sheets, etc.|
|Maledicta III:2 236: Conservative homosexuals use it pejoratively: dizzy queen, rubber queen, and dinge queen.|
(US) in fig. use, the desired place.
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 149: Now we’re getting down to where the rubber meets the road.|
|Atomic Lobster 2: Let me give you the skinny from where the rubber meets the road.|