possessive of the same stereotypical qualities as Irish adj.
(US) a wheelbarrow.
|Dly Delta (N.O.) 13 July 13/3: He re-appeared dressed in character of a Brazilian Ape, trunding [sic] an ‘Irishman’s buggy’.|
|Monroeville Breeze (IN) 14 Apr. 3/3: He used the Irishman’s buggy considerable, in wheeling in and grading up the yard around his residence.|
|Iowa City Press (Iowa City, IA) 17 Apr. 16/2: Baskets [...] and the Irishman’s buggy, the wheelbarrow, very largely take the place of wagons.|
|Alton Eve. Teleg. (IL) 25 Oct. 2/4: The marshal [was] wheeling a colored man in an ‘Irishman’s buggy’ a wheelbarrow.|
|News-Jrnl (Mansfield, OH) 19 May 6/1: Officer Baxter converted his wheelbarrow, which is usually known as the Irishman’s buggy, into a water wagon.|
|Jasper Wkly Teleg. (IN) 1 July 5/4: Senator Mike A. Sweeney, who used to push an Irishman’s buggy, has never got over being a friend of the Man who labors.|
|Des Moines Trib. (IA) 10 Nov. 6/5: ‘[A] man who knows just about enough to run an Irishman’s buggy always could tell you how to run [...] the government’.|
|Lansing State Jrnl (MI) 28 Aug. 28/2: Anybody who has pushed an Irishman’s buggy will have an appreciation for a race involving them.|
|Western Folklore XXV:1 38: Irishman’s buggy. A wheelbarrow. Central Kansas, ca. 1926.‘Still More Ethnic and Place names as Derisive Adjectives’|
a black eye and a bloody nose.
|Life and Travels 37: I soon gave Mr. Airton an Irishman’s coat of arms, i.e., two black eyes and a bloody nose.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 211: Irish coat of arms. A black eye.|
|Sl. Dict. 304: ‘An Irishman’s dinner’ is a low East-end term, and means a smoke and a visit to the urinal.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Maledicta III:2 164: Irishman’s dinner n A fast; from the stereotype of Irish poverty and hunger which was reinforced by the Irish famine of 1845–46.|
the orange season.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 79/1: The orange season is called by the costermongers the ‘Irishman’s harvest’.|
(US) a pocket that is both large and empty.
|Maledicta III:2 164: Irishman’s pocket n One large and empty.|
mounting a ladder carrying a hod of bricks.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
see Irish rise under Irish adj.
(US) the street.
|River Press (Fort Benton, MT) 20 Aug. 5/1: A person to reach his home in safety must take the Irishman’s sidewalk, getting on and off some of the plank walks being attended with some danger.|
|DN III iii 191: Irishman’s sidewalk, n. The street ‘I am going to take the Irishman’s sidewalk‘.‘Word-List from Hampstead, N.H.’ in|
|LANE Worksheets n.p.: Irishman’s sidewalk – center of the street [DARE].|
|City in Sl. (1995) 46: A slang term for a city street [...] was once Irishman’s sidewalk, perhaps an assertion that the street, or more exactly the roadway, rather than on the sidewalk, was a more suitable place for the hated Irish to walk, or that perhaps they were too dumb to know the difference.|
(US) corned beef and cabbage.
|Western Folklore XXV:3 38: Irishman’s turkey. Corned beef and cabbage.|