SE in slang uses
to take a large mouthful of one’s drink.
|Vocab. and Gloss. in True Hist. of Tom and Jerry 158: Biting one’s name in it. Taking a good draught out of a pot of heavy wet.|
(Aus.) to eat a meal for which someone else has paid.
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 16: BITING YOUR NAME: slang [...] Australian bush invitation to a person to have a feed. Sometimes altered to ‘Sing your hand’ or ‘name’.|
|Aus. Lang. 82: To bite someone’s name [... ] to eat.|
(Aus./US black) to speak with absolute candour, honesty.
|Grey River Argus (N.Z.) 31 Aug. 2/6: Lor, ’ow I larfed when I heerd this yarn, and I ses to wun o’ the chaps as ’ow it wus a good story, and we larfs again ; and then, he ses ‘Give it a name,’ which I then sed ‘P B,’ and I goes ’ome rejoicing.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 19/2: [P]eople shouted for him till he got fair weary of giving it a name.|
|Way Past Cool 180: Ty’s eyes had widened as the girl spoke her mind. And that was giving it a name for sure!|
1. a phr. used when one stands a round of drinks and asks the company what they would like.
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act I: Give it a name, gentlemen.|
|Dick Temple I 67: Give it a name, my Britons, and I’ll pay the shot.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 25 Sept. 6/4: ‘Give it a name’ [...] ‘A large bottle of Mumm, Jim’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 12/1: An Australian indulges in no such foolishness. If he meets an old friend, his greeting is either ‘Give it a name!’ or ‘Do you hold it?’ according to circumstances. There is no preliminary beating about the bush with him.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Oct. 12/1: In these days, when such an everlasting howl is raised over the want of prudence and the excess of ‘cheek’ which characterise the Australian bushman, the following item [...] comes as welcome as [...] an invitation to ‘step across the street and name it.’.|
|Sporting Times 10 Jan. 3/1: ‘Gents, give it a name!’ shouted the landlord; and soon the old Burton and the Scotch whisky [...] were circulating freely.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Dec. 17/2: ‘I never thort ter see yer as bad as this; but, give it a name, we has plenty soft tack fer them as likes it.’.|
|Seven Years Hard 69: Then I took ’im to the nearest pub., and told ’im to put a name to it. ‘Four-half,’ says he. ‘Pint o’ four-half, miss,’ says I.|
|News & Courier (Charleston, SC) 14 Apr. 18/2: Give it a name, then.|
|Taking the Count 124: T-bone [...] asks him what he will have. ‘Name it, cully!’ says T-bone.‘On Account of a Lady’ in|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 16: ‘Duck and Fowl’ ’s ’er nomination; so ole Ginger jerks ’is frame / ’Cross to git some fancy pickin’s, an’ to give ’is choice a name.‘Duck an’ Fowl’ in|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 9 July 6/2: ‘Name it,’ said the resident. ‘Whisky,’ replied the traveller.|
|Ulysses 283: Give it a name, citizen, says Joe. – Wine of the country, says he.|
2. (US black) a general phr. of affirmation.
|Way Past Cool 20: ‘Cops gots a way of turnin everybody into nuthin.’ ‘Give it a name,’ said Rac.|
to be destined or intended for someone; orig. of a bullet.
|Over Top 312: Tommy detests these mortars because he knows that it is only a matter of minutes before a German shell with his ‘name and number on it’ will be knocking at his door.|
|Soldier and Sailor Words 163: Name (or number) on, to have one’s, said of a bullet that hit a man; i.e., that it was destined for him.|
|(con. 1919) USA (1966) 726: The shell had his number on it.Nineteen Nineteen in|
|inB-17s Over Berlin 92: I don’t mind too much if I get hit by a piece of flak or a machine gun bullet that had got my name on it.|
|Across the Board 226: Jack (Legs) Diamond, the prohibition hoodlum who kept a munitions plant working overtime before a bullet was turned out with his number on it.|
|Slay-Ride (1983) 140: The bomb probably had my name on it in the first place .|
|Serial 60: A Langendorf bread truck he was sure had his number on it.|
|Way Past Cool 88: Here, this last heinie got your name all over it.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 38: Got some Zodiac boots, too, nice low heels, got your name on ’em.|
|[||Bristol Drollery in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 98: Such delicate Thighs, And that shall be nameless between].|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 156: Herison, m. The female pudendum; ‘the nameless’.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 183: A lot of the fun of sexual activity lies in its forbidden nature [...] Examples occur in such phrases as [...] the nameless, the name-it-not.|
the most important aspect of a situation, whatever matters most, the end, the finish.
|Chicago Trib. 6 Sept. 16/6: The exercise needed includes brain and hand / And work is the name of the game.|
|[title] ‘The name of the game’: our changing perception of life and how it will affect marketing concepts; an address. (Association of National Advertisers, U.S.) .|
|Deliverance 206: The name of the game is trust; you’ve got to trust things.|
|Traveller’s Tool 112: The name of the game is credibility and that means a nice, striped seersucker suit.|
|Grass Arena (1990) 109: We’re all the same here. They gave me a drink, though, and that’s the name of the game.|
(UK Und.) to inform against someone, often to save one’s own skin.
|Layer Cake 274: If they find this Klaus before we do and he puts your name up, you’re fucked.|
(US teen) an excl. used to intimidate or used for celebration.
|‘Serial Killa’ [lyrics] What’s my motherfucking name?|
|‘Say My Name’ [lyrics] I don’t wanna hear what you meant, do not explain / Right before you lay in your coffin, hoe say my name.|