1. (also thatching, top thatch) the human hair.
|Gul’s Horne-Booke 15: Nature therefore has plaid the Tyler, and giuen it a most curious couering, or (to speake more properly) she has thatched it all ouer, and that Thatching is haire.|
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. (1827) 220: Sam [...] twisted his mauleys ’mongst Goliath’s thatch.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Sept. 4/3: Sambo shortly after displayed his woolly nob, having, on this occasion, taken care to strip his thatch of all superfluous locks.|
|Fife Herald 31 Mar. 2/2: An extremely narrow and low brow — with the eye brows meeting the ‘thatch’ on his head.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 17/3: Stanley is blessed with a head of white hair. His own reason for the premature paleness of his tonsorial thatch is the suffering and hardship he endured in the great forest.|
|‘’Arry on Harry’ in Punch 24 Aug. 90/1: Do keep yer ’air on, old pal, if you’ve got any thatch.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Oct. 12/3: Those interested in hair-culture point to the top-thatch of two local handsome brunettes as samples of the system, old and new respectively.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 22: To convince myself that he wasn’t twisted beneath his thatch.|
|Sporting Times 15 Apr. 1/3: What looked like an easy catch, / A ‘skyer,’ right above his thatch, / Descended on his ‘sniffer.’.‘They Begged To Differ’|
|Spokane Press (WA) 22 Sept. 7/3: One old bowser [...] swung on my roof with her mush and put my thatch to the cleaners.|
|City Of The World 269: While the sniders themselves walk about as big as a sucking millionaire and clobbered up to the thatch in iky rig.|
|Billy Bennett’s Third Budget 16: It’s good for the thatch, if you’ve got a bald patch.‘Doctor Goosegrease’ in|
|Pigeon Pie 88: The old gentleman [...] always seemed to have a wonderful thatch.|
|Long Good-Bye 76: The old bar waiter came drifting by [...] I shook my head and he bobbed his white thatch.|
|A Life (1981) Act I: An employer knows he can trust a man with snow on his thatch, a man that’ll do a day’s work and not go chasing bits of stuff.|
|Panopticon (2013) 241: ‘What did she look like?’ ‘Nice thatch’.|
2. a woman’s pubic hair.
|‘The Thatched Cot’ in Lummy Chaunter 94: Yet I fear’d to avail myself of the delight, / To brush from its thatch the thick hanging dew.|
|My Secret Life (1966) IX 1824: My fingers [...] lingered high up on her thighs, made acquaintance with the hairy thatch.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 69: I fired off my cannon into her thatch of hair.|
|in Limerick (1953) 35: His ballocks grew rough / And wrecked his wife’s muff, / And scratched up her thatch in the scrimmage.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 187: To [...] return to the quim whiskers, common terms include [...] the nostalgic (thatch).|
3. a wig.
|Bell’s Life in London 22 Apr. 4/4: Mason first flung his ‘thatch’ into the ring, and was loudly cheered.|
(Aus.) a hairdresser.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Sept. 1/1: A Murray-street hairdresser has not done his dash in the Lothario line [...] the twice-married thatch-teaser kids himself he is off for a t’otherside trip.|
(Aus.) to lose one’s temper.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Apr. 4/7: Premier Daglish got his thatch off at Kalgoorlie because the ‘Sunday Times’ has been exposing certain jobs.|
see off one’s head adj.