1. (US black) a police officer; a prison warder [the blue uniform].
|AS IX:1 27: sky. A uniformed policeman or guard.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. (US black) a hat [it is above the head].
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 12: His sky is righteous and hooks over his gimmers like pie crust over the rim of a pan.|
|‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in Life (1976) 73: His fabulous sky was broke so fly / That the city had it banned.et al.|
|Aus. Women’s Wkly 3 Nov. 10/4: Now that Surfie talk is flaking.|
|My Main Mother 9: Big Larson, waving his ten-gallon sky back and forth in front of his highyellow face.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] sky Definition: [a] hat Example: Y’all check out mah leopard-skin threads an’ matchin’ sky!|
SE in slang uses
|Reported Safe Arrival 62: An the ole Sky-Artist’s writ dahn: ‘A ’orrible case er persistent fear, resultin’ from ante-natal trauma’.|
(US black) a hallucination.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 52: A ‘skybird’ is a hallucination of the mind, in which one visualizes such creatures.|
see separate entries.
(Aus.) a missionary.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 18/2: Premier Salisbury [...] practically said that many of the ‘sky-drummers’ went on the convert-trail in foreign lands with the idea that the British flag and British lyddite were in their back-pockets ready to avenge their chokers being pulled.|
see separate entry.
see blow up sky-high under blow up v.1
1. to run off, to move fast; to act irresponsibly.
|letter Love & Valor (2000) 372: We are on the rampage after the rebels and [...] it is fun to sky-hoot over these hills and mountains after them.|
|Boy’s Own Paper Summer 38/1: Something’s sky-hooted in my shoulder [...] That brute threw me on my head.|
|Great Bend Trib. (KS) 6 May 3/1: ‘Go along, man! Divo’ce nothin’. Think I’ gwine t’ gin ’im what he wants [...] t’go sky-hootin’ roun’ ’mong dem gals? Na, sah!’.|
|Santa Ana Register (CA) 16 Dec. 6/3: ‘Young man [...] I advise you to quit this joyriding. Sky-hooting around the country [...] leads to reform school.|
|Merton of the Movies 7: What’s got into you lately? [...] Skyhootin’ around in here, leavin’ the front of the store unpertected.|
|Tampa Bay Times (St Ptersburg, FL) 13 Oct. 16/4: ‘Mebbe he’s bin skyhootin’ at night in them big cities’.|
|Holdfast Gaines 206: An’ ez fer razor-backs, y’ oughter see them fellers sky-hoot!|
|Searchers 207: It’s funny you leave a good ranch [...] to be worked by other men, while you sky-hoot the country from the Nations to Mexico.|
2. to rise, to increase.
|Democrat & Chron. (Rochester, NY) 2 Nov. 14/2: Almost anything can happen nowadays. One food and then another goes sky-hooting for a season.|
|in Amer. Mercury Oct. 235/2: Jigger’s reputation as a ‘rugged’ man skyhooted from this point [W&F].|
|Times (Munster, IN) 19 Jan. 13/1: Competiton would be calculated to sky-hoot my income.|
(US) rainwater [note Jam. sky juice, a popular drink of flavoured syrups poured over shaved ice].
|Wilmington Morn. Star (NC) 1 Oct. 1/3: ‘When upon the “move” to day / Sky-juice on your traps shall play / [...] / Please sir, call your water home!’.|
|Hawaiian Gaz. (Honolulu, HI) 17 Apr. 1/6: At present Hilo is wel supplied with sky juice.|
|Boston Wkly Globe (MA) 5 July 2/8: The Sky Juice. Reports of damage by floods continue to come in [...] In the East we still prefer to call rain, rain.|
|in Saskatchewan History 30 (1977) 48: One May 1904 news item reported succinctly that ‘our streets are muddy — about two inches of sky juice fell Monday’.|
|Delaware Co. Dly Times (Chester, PA) 26 Jan. 3/3: [headline] Sky Juice puts Quietus on Soccer Games.|
|Nat. Drug Clerk 9 n.p.: Little Boy: ‘Please can I have a drink of water?’ Dispenser: ‘Sorry little chap but we are just out of water. We have some delicious aqua pura distillata, commonly called sky-juice’.|
|‘Patois of Annapolis’ in Sheboygan (WI) Press 17 Sept. 8/3: Water is ‘sky juice.’.|
|diary 29 May in G. Midlo-Hall Love, War & 96th Engineers (Colored) 54: A deluge of rain [...] caused my shelter roof to fall in and dump no less than ten gallons of sky juice onto my bed.|
|Men Against the Stars 87: It’s by blood and sweat, by the last drop of sky juice and the last microvolt in our capacitors and the last thump of our engines.|
|Pensacola News (FL) 3 Aug. 4/6: Public spirited cooperative arrangements would provide relief from excess sky juice for some residents.|
|Dly World (Opelousas, LA) 3 July 17/3: She orders ‘Sky Juice on the Rocks’ [...] Bartenders are befuddled until Mrs Doucet explains that sky juice is water.|
|Thought Gang 25: The sky juice marinated me with my suitcase which had grown a heaviness that outdid its volume.|
|Something Is Holding Me Back 2: My body aches to be kissed by the cooling droplets of sky juice.|
see under kick n.4
see lark v. (1)
see separate entry.
the small space between the top of a glass and the drink within it.
|He Would be a Soldier VI i: Fill your glass higher – higher yet; I’ll have no skylights – This is a bumper toast.|
|Gradus ad Cantabrigiam 54: day-light, or sky-light, in the easy attained science of hard drinking, when the glass is not a bumper.|
|Headlong Hall (1816) 74: For a heeltap! a heeltap! I never could bear it! / No sky-light! no twilight! while Bacchus rules o’er us.|
|St Ronan’s Well (1833) 119: Come, Mick—no skylights—here is Clara’s health.|
|Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 263: I’ll trouble you to charge your glasses, ’eel-taps off — a bumper toast — no skylights, if you please.|
|Punch 31 July I 34: Come, no skylights; ’tis as mild as new milk; there’s not a headache in a hogshead of it.|
|Handley Cross (1854) 232: Bumper-toast — no ‘eel-taps, no sky-lights.|
1. the eyes.
|Real Life in London II 149: Go it Kate!—Handle your dawdles, my girl; —shiver her ivory;—darken her skylights;—flatten her sneizer;—foul, foul,—ah you Munster b—ch!|
|Bell’s Life in London 21 Feb. 3/2: Sneezer and skylights, listeners, ribs and nob.|
|Tom Cringle’s Log (1862) 71: After a long look through his starboard blinker (his other skylight had been shut up ever since Aboukir), Captain Deadeye gave orders.|
|Golden Age (Queanbeyan, NSW) 4 Sept. 3/2: Tom’s fistic slang is like so much Hebrew to us, we being in a most pastoral state of ignorance as to the meanings of [...] ‘closing the skylights,’ ‘rolling in lemons,’ ‘drawing the vermillion,’ ‘tapping the claret,’ ‘flinging up the sponge,’ and the various other terms with which he garnishes his narrative.|
|Dublin Eve. Post 6 Sept. 4/4: Prhaps it may be that ‘plating a little ’un on his sky-lights’ sounds better than ‘committing a brutal assault’.|
|Montrose, Arboath & Brechin Rev. 4 Dec. 7/4: The ‘creeshie weaver’ went round him [...] darkening his skylights, ornamenting his nose [...] and making his mouth squint.|
|Strictly Business (1915) 51: Why, blast my skylights!‘The Day Resurgent’ in|
|Such is Life 268: If you’d a pair o’ skylights athort your cutwater, you’d be set for a professor of phrenology.|
a garret; occas. attrib.
|Roman & Eng. Comedy Consider’d 40: How often that lucky Circumstance has recommended him to the Approbation of the Sky-parlour Gentry, I submit to the Critics on the Ground Floor.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Life in London (1869) 311: Bob and the party, chaffing, proposed to see the Author safe to his sky-parlour.|
|Dickens’ Journalism I (1994) 168: Now ladies, up in the sky-parlour; only once a year, if you please.‘The First of May’ in Slater|
|Western Times (Devon) 10 Oct. 6/6: One bed [...] being unfortunately situate up in the rafters — it was literally a sky parlour.|
|Basket of Chips 400: Hup stairs [...] we found ourselves right smack up at the sky-parlor.|
|Little Dorrit (1967) 127: She has a lodging at the turnkey’s. First house there [...] First house, sky parlour.|
|Professor at the Breakfast Table 208: On asking him what was the number of his room, he answered, that it was forty-’leven, sky-parlour floor.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 May 3/4: On entering the ‘sky parlour’ he twigged the skylight open.|
|Morn. Post (London) 28 Feb. 7/3: It was no use [...] to take proceedings against a ruined man in a sky parlour in Pimlico.|
|Birmingham Dly Post 30 Apr. 7: In the sky parlour of a house in the Rue des Martyrs, Paris, lives a venerable dame.|
|London up to Date 143: The guests’ lift takes you up to your sky-parlour on the sixth floor.|
|Eve. Teleg. 3/6 (Angus, Scot.) 14 Nov. 3/6: Rose Laurier went home to her sky parlour with the revolver.|
|Torchy 178: I didn’t know which sky parlor was vacant until I [...] finds my things out in the hall and a new lodger in my room.|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 19 May 6/3: Grisleda Blake called her ‘sky parlour’ a delightful little flat, high up ina tall grey building.|
1. (US) any form of headgear.
|Nottingham Eve. Post 27 Aug. 2/6: His skypiece quite eclipsed anything by way of novelty ever seen upon the head of a human.|
|Barkeep Stories 32: [He] gets insulted w’en everybody in de place didn’t take off der sky-pieces w’en he come in.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 74: Say boy. Kindly ast de mag ta remove de skypiece.in Zwilling|
|Sheffield Wkly Teleg. 28 Sept. 7/2: She lately owned a dream of a ‘sky-piece’ covered all over with violets.|
|Happy Hawkins 304: A sort of kettle turned upside down an’ covered with feathers for a sky-piece.|
|Ade’s Fables 24: She came out at 10.53 with her Sky Piece badly listed to Port and her toes flattened out.‘The New Fable of the Speedy Sprite’ in|
|‘Thieves’ Sl.’ Toronto Star 19 Jan. 2/5: HAT Skypiece.|
|Arizona Dly Star (Tucson, AZ) 11 Dec. 18/4: It was once the regal skypiece of an Arab potentate.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 258: W’ile out on de Pennsy, from skypiece t’ shank, / De ’boes was all freezin’, wit no Christ to t’ank.‘De Night Before Christmas’ in|
|Wild West Weekly 22 Oct. [Internet] ‘Off with ’em, Loney! Start with the sky-piece.’ Loney dropped the gray Stetson to the ground.‘Rope Meat’ in|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 26: And that skypiece was curling, like a funnel, ole man, / As Mister Hawkins flapped it round like a hothouse fan.|
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 28 Feb. 47/1: In the jive vein there is ‘skypiece’ meaning a hat and ‘chalkstick,’ a cigarette.|
|M.A. Crane ‘Vox Bop’ in AS XXXIII:3 224: The cat [...] dons his [...] skypiece.|
|Doom Pussy 100: Extra-wide-brimmed hats (which the soldiers dubbed B.F. Skypieces).|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 5: sky piece – hat.|
|Dly News (NY) 18 Aug. 42/2: ‘Why didn’t yuz just sit your skypiece on your lap while watching the movie?’.|
2. (US) the head.
|Bee (Earlington, NY) 12 Sept. 4: W’ile I’m gettin’ de jolt you’ll be gettin’ your skypiece busted. See?|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 40: I have made a careful examination of the defendant’s skypiece and find that he has bubbles on his thinktank.|
|Caldwell Trib. (ID) 4 Feb. 2/4: One reason [...] why I am able [...] to keep my sky-piece working in double shifts is because I am a moving picture fiend .|
|My Life in Prison 285: If y’r ain’t careful y’r’ll get a swelled skypiece.|
|Walnut Valley Times (El Dorado, KS) 11 Mar. 6/2: Engineers in dry dock plated the two halves together and zingo! They had a new boat. Nice work? Righto. Use your skypiece!|
1. a priest, a prison chaplain, a preacher, a missionary.
|Harry Disney II 61: A man who was an accomplice was ‘in the same stable, don’t you know;’ racing not to win was ‘milking;’ a clergyman was ‘a sky pilot ’ [etc.] .|
|Under the Gridiron 43: I do not feel equal to a journey of three miles to hear the local sky-pilot hold forth.|
|Dublin U. Mag. 8960/1: I say, Harry, old fellow, I would not let that sky pilot have a walk over if I were you. [...] By Jove, if I'm ever in Parliament, which is not, likely, I'll bring in a bill for the suppression of curates.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Apr. 8/1: For some time past the only public entertainment in that city has been that provided by the ‘Salvation Army’ [...] The chief Sky Pilot is an attractive female of some seventy odd summers.|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 102: After the minister had gone away [...] Pa said he had got enough feeling for one family, and he didn’t want no sky-sharp to help him. [Ibid.] 146: Look a-here you sky-pilot, this thing has gone far enough.|
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) II 240: I read a letter from a local parson [...] Poor dear innocent ‘Sky Pilot’!|
|Truth (Sydney) 11 Mar. 1/5: Possibly the reverential sky-pilot has only just woke up.|
|Daily Tel. 4 Oct. in (1909) 225/2: While some of the members of the Congregational Union were enquiring the way to the hall where refreshments were served, the doorkeeper shouted in a stentorian voice: ‘Sky-pilots’ beanfeast!’.|
|Wolfville 226: [It] keeps me rememberin’ what that sky scout says at the Pra’r-meetin’ about the action a gent gets by playin’ a good deed to win.|
|[||Houndsditch Day by Day 179: An ambitious and distinguished pilot to the upper blue had mysteriously ‘nobbled’ Moses].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Oct. 14/3: With quips and cranks Melba enlivened the afternoon, and had even the kirk pilots won over in the end.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Oct. 4/7: ‘Have you the license?’ asked the sky-pilot.|
|Spoilers 65: I dessay I could easy get a job, if I sucked up to some sky-pilot or some society for genteel ticketers.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Sept. 4s/4: The thort of some other sky-pilot gettin’ the threesplicin’ fees brought ’im round ter reason.|
|N.Z. Truth 20 June 6/7: Of course he can’t help having a sky-pilot for a father.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 30 Jan. 1st sect. 1/1: They Say [...] That Chidlow’s Well is dead weary of the local sky-pilot.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 172: You talk like a man up a tree, you holy sky-pilot.|
|Truth (Sydney) 26 Jan. 12/6: We did have a devil dodger, / Pilot, who said clean and neat / That no place outside of blazes / Could compare with Whitfield-etreet.|
|Ulysses 298: And one or two sky pilots having an eye around that there was no goings on with the females, hitting below the belt.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] PILOT — A clergyman.|
|Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 12 Dec. 6s/5: The sky pilot swore that he could not perform the service for such a small amount.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 436: Soul aviator, A preacher.|
|N.Z. Truth 14 Nov. 6/4: Canon Henry Packe [...] is well known as one of the most tolerant and broad-minded of pilots.|
|Bully Hayes 4: That was his one and only ejaculation, after much carrying to and fro of sky pilots.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Sky pi, a minister.|
|Big Spring 76: The sky pilots with the long coat and the whiskers and the sanctmonious look.|
|Hobohemia 22: Scarcely had the soul aviator (that was the name the mission preacher was known by) begun to hand out angel-food (and that was the name his sermon was known by) than not a few drowsed off to sleep.|
|Bang To Rights 174: The sky pilot perswaded him that he wasn’t Jesus.|
|Only Child (1970) 78: Praying was what the natives did when there was nothing to eat in the house, instead of going after the sky pilots with horse, foot, and artillery.|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 203: ‘Let’s go ask the Sky-pilot to help us.’ The three pilots gathered outside Rabbi Freeman’s stateroom [...] Rabbi Freeman was the only Jewish chaplain on a carrier in the U.S. Navy.|
|Breakfast on Pluto 30: ‘Sex Mad Sky Pilot!’ ‘Fornicator!’ ‘The Adventures of Father Benny Rape!’.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 123: Some sick fuckos pancaked the sky-pilot and left him for dead.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 July 13/3: Very noticeable about here at present are the Mormon elders kicking round. [...] All the other sky-pilot cadgers go to the native and ask straight out for the money in cash. Not so the Mormon.|
see separate entries.
(US) a wig or toupee.
|Kingston Dly Freeman (NY) 17 May 8/2: [cartoon caption] That life story is as phony as that sky-rug he wears to cover his skull.|
see separate entries.
someone or something very high.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
see under dive v.
see blow up sky-high under blow up v.1
see under grab v.
intoxicated by a drug.
|Boss 373: He’s in the skies, so my plan for a talk right then is all off.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: In the air, full of mariahuana [sic].|
see under reach v.
see up in the air under air n.