Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pie n.

1. in sexual contexts, like the foodstuff as ‘sweet’ and ‘good enough to eat’.

(a) (orig. US, also pye-corner) the vagina.

[UK]J. Heywood A Merry Play in Farmer (1905) 86: But how say you, Sir John, was it good, your pie?
[UK]J. Day Blind Beggar of Bednall-Green Act IV: You shall likewise see the amorous conceits and Love songs betwixt Captain Pod of Py-corner, and Mrs. Rump of Ram-alley.
[UK]Middleton Your Five Gallants I i: As in one pie twenty may dip their sippits, so vpon one woman forty may consume their pattrimonies.
[UK]Fletcher Custom of the Country I i: A Surgeon [...] an excellent dissector, One that has cut up more young tender Lamb-pies.
[UK]Fletcher Rule a Wife II i: There was no wisdom in’t, to bid an Artist, An old seducer to a femal banquet, I can cut up my pye without your instructions.
Wits Recreations verse 310: She’s mine quoth th’other by Pye-corner law: / Where sticking once a pricke on what you buy / It’s then your owne, which no man must deny.
[UK]T. Brown Dozen of Drunkards 14: [Lusty Lawrence will] breake up every Bride Pie, ere it be well bak’d by Hymen.
[UK]Laughing Mercury 25 Aug. - 8 Sept. 173: There is a Pye-Corner Cook this week to be roasted on a Butchers-prick in Smithfield-Round and after to be basted to death with Pig-sauce.
‘Peter Aretine’ Strange Newes 2: Peg. I meet with merry Hectors [...] they give me Pye-corner Law and Pye-corner Pay, and I am contented to the life.
[UK] ‘The Rebells Reign’ in Rump Poems and Songs (1662) i 316: Martin and St. Johns [...] had each a finger i’th’ pye: Some for the Money, and some for the Conny.
Otway Caius Marius III 162: A Spark ... wou’d fane have a finger in the py ... but she, good soul, had as lieve hear of a Toad.
[UK]Fifteen Real Comforts of Matrimony 39: One smooth Chinn’d Slipstring or other [...] makes a Pye-Corner Ensurance of his Affection upon her Belly.
[UK] ‘Wenching Tanner’ in Pepys Ballads (1987) V 252: His finger straight was in the Pye.
[UK]J. Crowne Married Beau II i: A sluttish Wench with a Dirt Pie.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 411: ‘Hole in the pie, hole in the puddin’, / Hole in the gal they call Sally Goodin.’ [...] Learned near Pineville, Missouri, about 1880.
[Aus]R.S. Close Love me Sailor 21: The old man can [...] go below whenever he feels like a bit of passenger pie.
[Aus]G. Hamilton Summer Glare 198: ‘I’ve got a strong suspicion [...] Stuart has a finger in the pie.’ ‘Which pie?’ Nell asked. ‘In Nancy’s pie of course.’.
[UK]Jagger & Richard ‘Coming Down Again’ [lyrics] Slip my tongue in somone else’s pie.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 244: Let’s take a look at former W.P.C. Fulton’s hairy pie!
[US]F.X. Toole Pound for Pound 277: Chicky continued to sleep alone. No pie, no poon.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 82: I’d kick myself in the ass, ass backwardz if I didn’t attempt to get the goodz, knowin’ that I wanted a piece of the pie.

(b) a woman.

[[UK]Cocke Lorelles Bote Biii: That is colfys doughter the drunken koke A lusty pye basket].
[UK]Interlude of Youth line 411: A little pretty nisot, Ye be well nice, God wot Ye be a little pretty pie.
[UK]G. Colman Yngr Iron Chest I ii: Peace, you pie! an you prate thus I’ll stop your mouth.

(c) a term of affection.

[US]N. Mailer Why Are We in Vietnam? (1970) 16: Tell me why, pie.

(d) (US campus) an attractive, sexually desirable woman; also used derog.

[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Rock 44: ‘How’d you like Thelma?’ ‘That pie was too easy.’.
[US]Current Sl. I:4 2/1: Pie, n. ‘Typical’ college girl, bouffant hairdo, too much make-up.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 63: I’ve got to get me some pie for the weekend.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 92: A profound piece of passion pie one moment, a wilful shrew the next. What a body!

2. in sense of a ‘pie’ that can be cut up or distributed.

(a) political or other patronage or favours.

[UK]Daily Tel. 26 Dec. n.p.: Men may come and men may go; the Grant ‘Boom’ may be succeeded by the Sherman ‘Boom;’ but Pie goes on for ever [DA].
[US]S. Crane in N.Y. Press Nov. in Stallman (1966) 105: Strong’s [i.e. mayor of NYC] got a regular pie.
[US]N.Y. Times 15 Dec. 3: When his constituents asked him why he could not secure more routes [for postal free delivery] the only reply he could make was that he could not get up to the ‘pie counter’ [DA].
[US]N.Y. Times 12 May n.p.: Take your tribute but buy national defense with it, don’t waste it in ‘pork’ and ‘pie’ and Populist lunacies! [DA].
[US]J.D. MacDonald Price of Murder (1978) 180: He got it hauled free by giving the trucker a piece of the pie.

(b) (orig. US) a treat, a bribe, something highly desirable.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Mar. 7/3: Those most valiant and efficient protectors of the peace, and pies (especially pies), Constables Delap and Bennet, who made the clever arrest, testified that the crib had been cracked in a masterful way.
[US]N.Y. Mercury 3 Jan. in Ware (1909) 196/1: At the depot the light was dim, and so it was in the sleeper, as it generally is; but as she got into the car a neat leg in a white stocking showed plainly enough to make Jim murmur to himself, ‘Well, this is pie.’.
[US]J. Hawthorne Confessions of Convict 143: None but moneyed swells are her pie.

(c) money.

[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 175: It’ ag’inst my religion to let anybody grab off a bigger piece of pie than I do when him an’ me is pals.
[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/3: The old man moseys west’ard with the sickenin’ feelin’ that he’s goin’ to be pie to a member o’ the class that wouldn’t look at him if it wasn’t paid to.
[US]S.V. Benét Young People’s Pride 14: All you have to do is sell your serial rights. After that – pie.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 27: Started to cut into the big pie but got himself killed.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 21 May 12: As the film’s Nick the Greek might have said, that’s a lot of pie.

3. (orig. US) that which is easy or enjoyable.

(a) anything easy or simple [pie adj.1 ].

[UK]G. Kersh They Die with Their Boots Clean 116: It’s a bit of cush. It’s a slice of pie.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 50: It was too much pie.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 170: Pie Easy course.

(b) in fig. uses whereby the pie intensifies a given adj.; usu. in phr. ...as pie.

[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 28: You fetch them to the cave, and you’re always as polite as pie to them.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Harry’ in Punch 24 Aug. 90/2: Yer grammar may be quite O K, / All yer parts o’ speech proper as pie.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘The City of Dreadful Thirst’ in Rio Grande’s Last Race (1904) 31: And, once outside the cloud of thirst, we felt as right as pie.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Whores for Gloria 69: He would be as healthy as pie.

4. (US black/drugs) 1kg of cocaine [the dealer will most likely ‘slice it up’ into smaller weights].

[US]Big L ‘Ebonics’ [lyrics] Yo, pay attention / And listen real closely how I break this slang shit down / A ki of coke is a pie.
[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] pie Definition: one kilo of coke. Example: Yo I gota go uptown to pick up this pie.
Young Jeezy ‘Me OK’ [lyrics] ‘Trap or die’, that’s me OK? / Mister Whip-a-knot-and-get-a-half-a-pie, that’s me, OK?

5. see pie-can

In compounds

pieman (n.)

see separate entry.

pie-woman (n.)

a prostitute.

[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 11 9 Aug. 102: ’Tis thought, the next year wee shall have a crop of Young Pistolls, if the Py-woman do but water them Night and Morning.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 19 4–11 Oct. 168: Build a row of Almshouses for decayed Py-men, or Py-Women, alleadging the Great Charter granted to the Py-Women in the City of Venice, where the Curtezans live after a more hospitable and gentile manner than the Py-Women of this Countrey.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pie-can (n.) (also pie)

1. a fool, a simpleton.

[UK]Sporting Times 4 Mar. 2/4: Mighty anxious to bring the piecan down, ’Ector led his fifth card.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘The Lure of the Lucre’ Sporting Times 1 Aug. 1/4: It ne’er struck me for a mo’ that she’d pal on to any ‘pie’ / Who’d be comin’ into money after Christmas.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Poetry in Prosaic Places’ Sporting Times 19 Feb. 3/2: Then left him like a ‘pie,’ / Waiting patiently for them to bring it back. [Ibid.] 5 Mar. 1/4: As far as I can size it up, she is no piecan, / It’s the dude who gives her presents who’s the Jay.
[UK]T. Burke Limehouse Nights 269: Yer plurry pie-cans!
[UK]E. Wallace More Educated Evans (1932) 35: That piecan! Why, he don’t know a horse from a step-ladder.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 266: ‘Listen piecan,’ she says.

2. a second-rate object.

[UK]J.B. Priestley Good Companions 526: You never saw such a piecan of a circus.
pie-card (n.) (US)

1. a union-card, esp. when used as a credential for begging; thus pie-card artist, a union member.

[US]Arizona Champion (Mohave Co., AZ) 27 Apr. 3/4: Each and every one of us do hereby pledge ourselves not to play for more than seven dollars, the price of a ‘pie-card’.
[US]McCook Tribune (NE) 30 Aug. n.p.: No engineer or condictor has a full complement of tools, etc. upon his engine or caboose without the tribune. It is as important as a ‘Pie-card,’ boys.
Voice of the People (N.O.) 14 Aug. 4/4: As a result of those Barbers striking like the I.W.W. a great many pie-card artists lost their pier.
Voice of the People (N.O.) 18 June 2/1: Graft unionism means: Greed, jurisdictional wars, hatred, competition and pie-card parasites.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 31 Mar. 23/1: A political ballot-box Socialist pie-card artist idea.
[US]V.W. Saul ‘Vocab. of Bums’ in AS IV:5 343: Pie card—A union card used to obtain food or lodging.

2. a ticket that entitles one to a meal from a pie card mission.

[US]Bisbee Dly Rev. (AZ) 15 June 4/4: He ate on the pie card long enough to think out a better scheme.
[US]Albuquerque Citizen (NM) 2 May 6/3: getting together some funds with which to buy pie cards for some hungry baseball players who are hanging around looking for a job.
[US]Bisbee Dly Rev. (AZ) 13 may 5/5: Several of them have thus far failed to land positions and are hurting for a pie card.
[US]Labor Jrnl (Everett, WA) 28 Oct. 1/1: To build up the ‘pie card’ fund ‘Paddy’ arranged with a carnival company to stage a show.
[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 458: Pie card mission, One in which the ‘saved’ are given free meal tickets.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 176: pie-card mission A mision that issues free meal tickets.

3. one who begs for a meal.

[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 211: Pie card – One who hangs around and lives on a remittance man or some other person with money.

4. the holder of a union-card.

[US]A. Kahn Brownstone 131: ‘Don’t let that pie-card pick on you, Joe?’ advised the ex-seaman.
piechopper (n.)

(US black) the mouth.

[US]L. Durst Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 9: Hold your piechopper, don’t vip another vop or I’ll take my headache stick and massage your top.
pie-eater (n.) (also pie-biter) [ the negative stereotype of a greedy person who sees no further than immediate gratification] (mainly Aus.)

1. an insignificant person.

[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Barracking’ in Benno and Some of the Push 144: He was that angry with the South pie-biters.
[US](con. 1892) T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 63: They all say I’m a dude, a pie eater.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 40: Pie eater: A person of no consequence.

2. one who is greedy for material possessions.

[US]Caldwell Trib. (ID) 11 July 2/1: Judge Sweet refers to political pie-eaters with a commendable show of contempt.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 11/1: Again the Salvation Army fights the relatives of the late lamented at law for the cash. [...] The Army is beginning to build up an odorous reputation as a hungry, earth-grabbing organisation and a great ecclesiastical pie-biter.

3. a fool, a simpleton; thus pie-eating adj.

[US]O. Wister Virginian 128: He asked his Monte horse a question. ‘Do yu’ reckon she’ll have forgotten you too, you pie-biter?’.
[US]P. Di Donato Christ in Concrete 273: What says the pie-eating coffee-drinking A-merde-can signore the President?
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Four-Legged Lottery 176: He [...] now works for the bookies to get the mugs in. The pie-eaters.
[Aus]A. Buzo The Roy Murphy Show (1973) 110: This piddling, puerile, pusillanimous, pen-pushing, pie-eating Pariah.
[Aus]A. Chipper Aussie Swearers Guide 47: To a visitor or newcome to Australia it may seem strange that pie-eater is a term of opprobrium.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 40: Pie eater: [...] A dickhead.

4. a small-time criminal.

[Aus]K. Tennant Joyful Condemned 166: ‘Just a pie-eater,’ he added with a sneer, ‘a dirty pie-eater.’.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
pie-eyed (adj.) [one’s wide eyes supposedly resemble a circular pie]

1. drunk.

[US]Ade Breaking Into Society (1904) 179: He would [...] continue to hoist until he was Pie-eyed.
[UK]S.E. White Rules of the Game 102: ‘Drunk, eh?’ ‘Spifflicated, pie-eyed, loaded, sloshed.’.
[US]St Louis Post-Despatch 16 Jan. 25/2: You’re slopping up too much scat (whiskey). You get so pie-eyed that you can’t tell a crib from a britch (pocket).
[UK]R. Carr Rampant Age 271: You were so pie-eyed you couldn’t even—.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 178: If you want real oratory, the preliminary noggin is essential. Unless pie-eyed, you cannot hope to grip.
[US]E. O’Neill Iceman Cometh Act IV: Why the hell don’t you get pie-eyed and celebrate?
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 203: The team showed the usual reaction [...] by going ashore and getting pie-eyed on the booze.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 39: Dreamy-eyed couples swirled around on the tiny dance floor; also couples not so dreamy-eyed, but just plain pie-eyed.
[US]J. Thompson Texas by the Tail (1994) 56: Get yourself pie-eyed, and it won’t cost you a penny.
[UK]W. Donaldson Balloons in Black Bag 155: ‘Huh!’ ‘Huh won’t help you when eighteen pie-eyed Lancers come dancing through the door looking for naughty girls.’.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 222: I don’t want you getting too pie-eyed before.
[UK]Eve. Standard 28 May 11: I was pie-eyed the other day and stopped for chips.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 4 Jan. 4: Most of Britain was too pie-eyed [...] to notice.
H. Mantel Assassination of Thatcher 222: Patriotism was only an excuse to get what they called pie-eyed.

2. exhausted.

[US]‘Ellery Queen’ Roman Hat Mystery 180: The Medical Examiner [...] thought I was pie-eyed from over-work.

3. astonished, amazed.

[UK](con. WWI) J.B. Wharton Squad 222: You might just as well scare a guy to death as kill him, an’ scare ’im pie-eyed’s what the shells do...
[US]R. Chandler Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 189: Randall was pie-eyed. His mouth moved, but nothing came out of it.
A. Kleinzahler Cutty one Rock (2005) 166: The greasers took in this spectacle, pie-eyed and with some concern.

4. under the influence of drugs.

[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 205: Three pie-eyed lovers on a king-size bed in Maida Vale.
[UK]T. Blacker Kill Your Darlings 277: Staggering around pie-eyed with a fat joint in his hand.
pie out (v.) [pie-eyed ]

(US campus) to become drunk.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 4: pie out – to slowly become more sleepy or more drunk.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 30: In college slang out is the most productive particle: [...] pie out ‘become drunk’.
pie wagon (n.)

1. (US) a police van, used to transport villains.

[US]Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 257: Pie Wagon. Patrol wagon.
[US]Wash. Post 3 July 3/1: They waltzed him over to the Irish clubhouse and then gave him a ride in the pie wagon ter the Tombs.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 413: Pie wagon. Patrol wagon.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 111: He was riding in the pie wagon while Frank was out somewhere [...] with a babe.
[US](con. 1910s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 16: The clanging pie wagon finally came along, the cops in their high, stiff helmets.
[US](con. 1940s) C. Bram Hold Tight (1990) 196: Anyone still in drag was immediately led off to the pie wagon.

2. a prison.

[US]Sun (NY) 19 Aug. 2/4: [graffito in Sing Sing Prison] Jack the Ripper, 6 months in a pie wagon, and Jimmie the Lush, 3 months in a brewery.
[US]Denton (MD) Journal 24 Oct. 1/7: Slang of the Sailor ‘Oh, he’s nothing but a beach comber. He was run up for breaking it once and got sent to the pie wagon,’ [...] The ‘pie wagon’ is the place where they put prisoners.
[US]St Helens Mist (OR) 11 May5/3: Pie wagon — The brig (prison).

3. (US) a wagon used as sleeping quarters for chaingang workers.

[UK](con. 1922) R.E. Burns I Am a Fugitive 64: Twelve men slept in a ‘pie wagon’ (a steel-barred wagon on wheels, four tiers of three bunks each).

In phrases

all pie and velvet (n.)

(Aus.) total pleasure or enjoyment; usu. in negative.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Aug. 22/3: Touring in this land of big spaces is not all pie and velvet, and the protesting lady has given a good imitation of Patrick’s pig on a string.
like pie (adv.) [? enthusiastic eating]

energetically, vigorously.

[UK]Thackeray Eng. Humorists 148: She loved Tom ‘like pie’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Road’ in Punch 9 Aug. 83/1: I ’ad the box seat, mate, oh, trust me! I squared that like pie with our Whip.
pie in the sky (n.) [the line ‘There’ll be pie in the sky when you die’, in the song ‘The Preacher and the Slave’ (1911) penned by Joe Hill, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, a prototype US union]

(orig. US) fantasies, fond hopes and illusions; also as attrib. adj.

[US] ‘The Preacher and the Slave’ in Lingenfelter et al. Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 544: You will eat bye and bye / In that glorious land above the sky; / Work and pray, live on hay, / You’ll get pie in the sky when you die.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 12 June 55/1: Over here they believe in pie in the sky when you die, and all that sort of thing.
[US]G. Milburn ‘Pie in the Sky’ in Hobo’s Hornbook 83: Work and pray, live on hay, / You’ll get pie in the sky when you die. (that’s no lie!).
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 822: You’ll have pie in the sky when you die (It’s a lie).
[UK]Aberdeen Jrnl 2 Oct. 2/2: Squirrel pie may remain pie in the sky.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[UK]B. Kops Hamlet of Stepney Green Act I: No more pie in the sky. You’ve got to support your mother now.
[US]G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 82: The pie-in-the-sky heaven that the climbing boy goes to.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 87: Most of the time it’s just been a lotta pie-in-the-sky crap.
[UK](con. 1920s) A. Blair Tea at Miss Cranston’s (1991) 11: It was aye a pipe-dream that we would were to get a big house some day [...] Pie in the sky!
[UK]Indep. 11 Sept. 1: How raising the wheel became pie in the sky.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 268: Back when he first say it it was pie in the sky.