1. in sexual contexts, like the foodstuff as ‘sweet’ and ‘good enough to eat’.
(a) (orig. US, also pye-corner) the vagina.
|A Merry Play in Farmer (1905) 86: But how say you, Sir John, was it good, your pie?|
|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.|
|Your Five Gallants I i: As in one pie twenty may dip their sippits, so vpon one woman forty may consume their pattrimonies.|
|Custom of the Country I i: A Surgeon [...] an excellent dissector, One that has cut up more young tender Lamb-pies.|
|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.|
|Dozen of Drunkards 14: [Lusty Lawrence will] breake up every Bride Pie, ere it be well bak’d by Hymen.|
|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.|
|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.|
|‘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.|
|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.|
|Fifteen Real Comforts of Matrimony 39: One smooth Chinn’d Slipstring or other [...] makes a Pye-Corner Ensurance of his Affection upon her Belly.|
|‘Wenching Tanner’ in Pepys Ballads (1987) V 252: His finger straight was in the Pye.|
|Married Beau II i: A sluttish Wench with a Dirt Pie.|
|in 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.|
|Love me Sailor 21: The old man can [...] go below whenever he feels like a bit of passenger pie.|
|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.’.|
|‘Coming Down Again’ [lyrics] Slip my tongue in somone else’s pie.|
|Filth 244: Let’s take a look at former W.P.C. Fulton’s hairy pie!|
|Pound for Pound 277: Chicky continued to sleep alone. No pie, no poon.|
|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.
|[||Cocke Lorelles Bote Biii: That is colfys doughter the drunken koke A lusty pye basket].|
|Interlude of Youth line 411: A little pretty nisot, Ye be well nice, God wot Ye be a little pretty pie.|
|Iron Chest I ii: Peace, you pie! an you prate thus I’ll stop your mouth.|
(c) a term of affection.
|Why Are We in Vietnam? (1970) 16: Tell me why, pie.|
(d) (US campus) an attractive, sexually desirable woman; also used derog.
|Rock 44: ‘How’d you like Thelma?’ ‘That pie was too easy.’.|
|Current Sl. I:4 2/1: Pie, n. ‘Typical’ college girl, bouffant hairdo, too much make-up.|
|AS L:1/2 63: I’ve got to get me some pie for the weekend.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|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.
|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].|
|N.Y. Press Nov. in Stallman (1966) 105: Strong’s [i.e. mayor of NYC] got a regular pie.in|
|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].|
|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].|
|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.
|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.|
|N.Y. Mercury 3 Jan. in (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.’.|
|Confessions of Convict 143: None but moneyed swells are her pie.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Young People’s Pride 14: All you have to do is sell your serial rights. After that – pie.|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 27: Started to cut into the big pie but got himself killed.|
|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 ].
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 116: It’s a bit of cush. It’s a slice of pie.|
|Savage Night (1991) 50: It was too much pie.|
|CUSS 170: Pie Easy course.et al.|
(b) in fig. uses whereby the pie intensifies a given adj.; usu. in phr. ...as pie.
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 28: You fetch them to the cave, and you’re always as polite as pie to them.|
|‘’Arry on Harry’ in Punch 24 Aug. 90/2: Yer grammar may be quite O K, / All yer parts o’ speech proper as pie.|
|Rio Grande’s Last Race (1904) 31: And, once outside the cloud of thirst, we felt as right as pie.‘The City of Dreadful Thirst’ in|
|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].
|‘Ebonics’ [lyrics] Yo, pay attention / And listen real closely how I break this slang shit down / A ki of coke is a pie.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] pie Definition: one kilo of coke. Example: Yo I gota go uptown to pick up this pie.|
|‘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
see separate entry.
|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.|
|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
see sweetback (man) n.
1. a fool, a simpleton.
|Sporting Times 4 Mar. 2/4: Mighty anxious to bring the piecan down, ’Ector led his fifth card.|
|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.‘The Lure of the Lucre’|
|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.‘Poetry in Prosaic Places’|
|Limehouse Nights 269: Yer plurry pie-cans!|
|More Educated Evans (1932) 35: That piecan! Why, he don’t know a horse from a step-ladder.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 266: ‘Listen piecan,’ she says.|
2. a second-rate object.
|Good Companions 526: You never saw such a piecan of a circus.|
1. a union-card, esp. when used as a credential for begging; thus pie-card artist, a union member.
|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’.|
|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.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 31 Mar. 23/1: A political ballot-box Socialist pie-card artist idea.|
|AS IV:5 343: Pie card—A union card used to obtain food or lodging.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
2. a ticket that entitles one to a meal from a pie card mission.
|Bisbee Dly Rev. (AZ) 15 June 4/4: He ate on the pie card long enough to think out a better scheme.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 458: Pie card mission, One in which the ‘saved’ are given free meal tickets.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 176: pie-card mission A mision that issues free meal tickets.|
3. one who begs for a meal.
|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.
|Brownstone 131: ‘Don’t let that pie-card pick on you, Joe?’ advised the ex-seaman.|
(US black) the mouth.
|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.|
1. an insignificant person.
|Benno and Some of the Push 144: He was that angry with the South pie-biters.‘Barracking’ in|
|(con. 1892) T.A. Dorgan in TAD Lex. (1993) 63: They all say I’m a dude, a pie eater.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 40: Pie eater: A person of no consequence.|
2. one who is greedy for material possessions.
|Caldwell Trib. (ID) 11 July 2/1: Judge Sweet refers to political pie-eaters with a commendable show of contempt.|
|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.
|Virginian 128: He asked his Monte horse a question. ‘Do yu’ reckon she’ll have forgotten you too, you pie-biter?’.|
|Christ in Concrete 273: What says the pie-eating coffee-drinking A-merde-can signore the President?|
|Four-Legged Lottery 176: He [...] now works for the bookies to get the mugs in. The pie-eaters.|
|The Roy Murphy Show (1973) 110: This piddling, puerile, pusillanimous, pen-pushing, pie-eating Pariah.|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 47: To a visitor or newcome to Australia it may seem strange that pie-eater is a term of opprobrium.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 40: Pie eater: [...] A dickhead.|
4. a small-time criminal.
|Joyful Condemned 166: ‘Just a pie-eater,’ he added with a sneer, ‘a dirty pie-eater.’.|
|Breaking Into Society (1904) 179: He would [...] continue to hoist until he was Pie-eyed.|
|Rules of the Game 102: ‘Drunk, eh?’ ‘Spifflicated, pie-eyed, loaded, sloshed.’.|
|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).|
|Rampant Age 271: You were so pie-eyed you couldn’t even—.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 178: If you want real oratory, the preliminary noggin is essential. Unless pie-eyed, you cannot hope to grip.|
|Iceman Cometh Act IV: Why the hell don’t you get pie-eyed and celebrate?|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 203: The team showed the usual reaction [...] by going ashore and getting pie-eyed on the booze.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 39: Dreamy-eyed couples swirled around on the tiny dance floor; also couples not so dreamy-eyed, but just plain pie-eyed.|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 56: Get yourself pie-eyed, and it won’t cost you a penny.|
|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.’.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 222: I don’t want you getting too pie-eyed before.|
|Eve. Standard 28 May 11: I was pie-eyed the other day and stopped for chips.|
|Indep. Rev. 4 Jan. 4: Most of Britain was too pie-eyed [...] to notice.|
|Assassination of Thatcher 222: Patriotism was only an excuse to get what they called pie-eyed.|
|Roman Hat Mystery 180: The Medical Examiner [...] thought I was pie-eyed from over-work.|
3. astonished, amazed.
|(con. WWI) 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...|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 189: Randall was pie-eyed. His mouth moved, but nothing came out of it.|
|Cutty one Rock (2005) 166: The greasers took in this spectacle, pie-eyed and with some concern.|
4. under the influence of drugs.
|Fixx 205: Three pie-eyed lovers on a king-size bed in Maida Vale.|
|Kill Your Darlings 277: Staggering around pie-eyed with a fat joint in his hand.|
see floater n.1 (1d)
(US teen) the mouth.
|Christine 63: Then shut your pie-hole.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] pie hole n 1. mouth. (‘Shut your pie hole!’).|
|Nature Girl 164: Genie, shut your piehole.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 93: [He] popped said fool in the piehole with a weak overhand right.|
|OG Dad 167: The green plastic hippo she picked off the bus seat and jammed in her piehole.|
(US campus) to become drunk.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 4: pie out – to slowly become more sleepy or more drunk.|
|Sl. and Sociability 30: In college slang out is the most productive particle: [...] pie out ‘become drunk’.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
1. (US) a police van, used to transport villains.
|Life In Sing Sing 257: Pie Wagon. Patrol wagon.|
|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.|
|Keys to Crookdom 413: Pie wagon. Patrol wagon.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Amboy Dukes 111: He was riding in the pie wagon while Frank was out somewhere [...] with a babe.|
|(con. 1910s) Hoods (1953) 16: The clanging pie wagon finally came along, the cops in their high, stiff helmets.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 196: Anyone still in drag was immediately led off to the pie wagon.|
2. a prison.
|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.|
|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.|
|St Helens Mist (OR) 11 May5/3: Pie wagon — The brig (prison).|
3. (US) a wagon used as sleeping quarters for chaingang workers.
|(con. 1922) I Am a Fugitive 64: Twelve men slept in a ‘pie wagon’ (a steel-barred wagon on wheels, four tiers of three bunks each).|
(Aus.) total pleasure or enjoyment; usu. in negative.
|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.|
|Eng. Humorists 148: She loved Tom ‘like pie’.|
|‘’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.|
(orig. US) fantasies, fond hopes and illusions; also as attrib. adj.
|‘The Preacher and the Slave’ in 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.et al.|
|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.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 83: Work and pray, live on hay, / You’ll get pie in the sky when you die. (that’s no lie!).‘Pie in the Sky’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 822: You’ll have pie in the sky when you die (It’s a lie).Judgement Day in|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 2 Oct. 2/2: Squirrel pie may remain pie in the sky.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Hamlet of Stepney Green Act I: No more pie in the sky. You’ve got to support your mother now.|
|Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 82: The pie-in-the-sky heaven that the climbing boy goes to.|
|Jones Men 87: Most of the time it’s just been a lotta pie-in-the-sky crap.|
|(con. 1920s) 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!|
|Indep. 11 Sept. 1: How raising the wheel became pie in the sky.|
|Hooky Gear 268: Back when he first say it it was pie in the sky.|