1. the penis.
|Play of Weather in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 118: For with pecking and pecking I have so wrought, / That I have pecked a good pecking-iron to nought.|
|‘Song’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 199: Red-hot grew his Iron as both did desire [...] Six times did his Iron by vigorous heating, / Grow soft in the Forge in a Minute or so.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 195: Six times did his Iron by vigorous heating, / Grow soft in the Forge in a Minute or so.|
|Randiana 31: I could not help congratulating myself on the stubborn bar of iron which my unfortunately dismantled trousers could scarcely keep from popping out.|
|‘Betty Boop in “Flesh”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 29: There goes the old iron right up her blushing snatch.|
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 99: You’ve just sunk the old boy right up to the nuts [and] the iron just shrivels away.|
|The Park and Other Stories (1983) 23: When I lay a goose, she know she be lay good an’ proper [...] I carry a number nine iron [...] I dig deep. Heavy steel, dat’s me.|
2. as a metal coin.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Twice Round the Clock 92: Pause before you sell that sheet anchor of hope, of ours, for old iron.|
|Londres et les Anglais 315/2: iron, se prend aussi pour argent.|
|Houndsditch Day by Day 190: Bring the ready iron, my lad [...] It saves a lot o’ talkin’.|
|Spoilers 5: I’d tip you over that there wall an’ give you a swim wi’ the sewer rats if it wasn’t for the iron you’re goin’ to give me.|
|Sporting Times 6 Aug. 1/4: ’Tis they who find the iron to keep me and all my mates / In these grand hotels in clover, for the cost goes on the rates.‘The Blokes Outside’|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] It has been called ‘the actual, the blunt, hard, dirt, evil, flimsy, gilt, iron, John Davis, lurries, moss, oil of angels, pieces, rowdy, spondulicks, tin, wad’ .|
|Let Tomorrow Come 153: An’ ’is mouthpiece makes ’im for the iron and lays ’im flat.|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Iron: Silver coin.|
|DAUL 108/2: Iron. 1. (Carnival) Money.et al.|
(b) (US) $1 in cash.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 49: Once upon a time there was a deck scrubber named Tom Sharkey who had a drag on Uncle Sam’s roll for about nine irons a month.in Zwilling|
3. as a metallic object.
(a) (US) bullets or shells.
|diary 12 Mar. [Internet] There was still a lot of dirty iron flying about and considerable rifle fire from the Germans.|
|(con. 1914–18) Three Lights from a Match 237: If any iron comes our way [...] you get fifteen seconds to say your prayers in.|
(b) a sword.
|Navy at Home II 111: ‘Aye, aye, boy,’ answered his antagonist, lugging out his cold iron [...] ‘Other people can handle a sword as well as a parlez vous son of a b—h!’.|
(c) (US, also fire-iron, piece of iron) a gun.
|London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies (2001) Act V: Take up the irons every now and then, string for the first shot and blaze away at one another.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Feb. 3/1: He brough his trusty ‘bit of old iron’ out of the house and [...] threatened [...] to make a hole in one or other of their spicy waistcoats.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 23 Nov. 6/5: Mr Cooper fortunately had a revolver [...] Seeing the ‘iron,’ the highwayman ran to the rear.|
|Golden Butterfly II 93: Huggins was a trifle handier with his irons. In fact Huggins had shot enough men to make a small graveyard of his own.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 7/2: [title] And he never draw’d iron on boy or man / As didn’t provoke him much.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 283: Give in! Put down your irons.|
|Dumont’s Joke Book 121: I – stands for ‘Iron’ that we shoot with our might.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Dec. 37/1: Martin’ll make his iron bark a bit, ter keep the game up, but he won’t mean nothin’.|
|Confessions of a Detective 27: Your true gangster is never one to meet the iron face to face.|
|DN III:7 550: fire-iron(s), gun.‘A Short Word-List From Wyoming’ in|
|Big Town 182: So I pulled the iron and knocked off a couple of his toes.|
|Chicago May (1929) 78: When I opened my poke, to stow the long green, the lawyer noticed I had a gun in it. [...] ‘You, and that iron, don’t go out of this office till you sign this release.’.|
|At Swim-Two-Birds 78: Be damned but wasn’t it Red Kiersay himself, the so-and-so, standing there with an iron in each hand.|
|Little Sister 23: The town’s full of old iron.|
|Fabulous Gunman 90: I don’t cotton to being called a liar, but if I call you one you’ll pull your iron.|
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 24: I’m keeping your gun [...] I’m taking any iron that Carol has when she shows.|
|Concrete Kimono 48: ‘You’ve noticed I’m toting a Betsy.’ ‘Betsy?’ ‘Equalizer, rod, gat, iron.’.|
|Gonif 48: He must have picked up a couple more pieces of iron outside.|
|Hunter 175: He saw the cop from the bushes with the .38 in his hand. ‘You can shed the iron, Mr. Policeman,’ Winston told him. ‘I am not considered dangerous.’.|
|Big Huey 249: iron (n) Firearm. British, in the sense of a pistol, from about 1835.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 143: We’re hard on Private Johnny Hams what come aroun’ totin’ iron.|
|Homeboy 240: He thought the Duke went for his iron first.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] We’ve got to show these boys the iron [...] Can’t out-run them.|
|Corner (1998) 30: One of the Stricker and Ramsay boys [...] tilted the table and came out with his iron.|
|Last Tango in Aberystwyth 124: ‘A rod, an iron, a gat . . .’ ‘You mean a gun?’.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 9 [TV script] Them guns are mine [...] even though I ain’t touched that iron.‘Late Editions’|
|What It Was 186: You can’t bring that iron in here.(con. 1972)|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Lugging a green sports bag heavy with iron.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
|‘Trapping’s Alive’ [lyrics] Trapping put shoes on my feet, trapping put corn in the iron.|
(d) (US Und.) a drill bit.
|Gay-cat 83: These drills are somethin’ fierce. Give me another iron!|
(e) (US prison) handcuffs.
|Roman Hat Mystery 162: The more I hear about Field the more I dislike putting the irons on the fellow who did away with him.|
|On the Yard (2002) 76: You might as well get that iron off him [...] He ain’t going to do no successful running from here.|
|Tragic Magic 101: Yo man, take this shit off me, I’m a free man; take all this iron off me.|
(f) (US) a discontinued model of motor car, a run-down, dilapidated automobile.
|Glass Key 524: ‘Got an iron I can have? One that’ll carry me over country roads tonight?‘ Tommy said: ‘[. . . .] Well, I got a Buick that I don’t care what happens to’.|
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Feb. [Internet] This is a rented iron from one of the Hollywood U-drive agencies,”.‘Feature Snatch!’|
|Vice Trap 17: That iron couldn’t go down a hill in high.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 410: He could see Cadillacs, Lincolns [...] a million dollars’ worth of ice-cream and candy-colored iron.|
|Another Day in Paradise 222: The ’57 is smoking and clunking [...] and Bones says, ‘Gonna miss this piece of iron.’.|
(g) a housebreaker’s implement, a crowbar.
|Phenomena in Crime 251: The bishop, cane, iron, or stick. All mean a jemmy.|
(h) (US) a motorcycle.
|Hells Angels 60: The state was alive with bikes, nearly all of them powerful American-made irons from Harley-Davidson and Indian.|
|Freewheelin Frank 96: They saw me standing near my bike [...] ‘Dig, I’ve got some trouble with my iron. I just pulled down here off the boulevard.’.|
|Zap Comix 6 n.p.: Only time I work on ma’ iron is onna Sunday.|
|Theatre Two (1981) 46: The Brammie boys over from Joeys on their irons, and Abba’s ous, all the biggest brekers in Pretoria.Ducktails in Gray|
(i) (US) weights, as used in bodybuilding exercises.
|False Starts 157: It’s a rare con who doesn’t at least think of hitting the iron.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 161: There was another guy in the joint [...] A gorilla. Iron-freak.|
(j) a knife.
|Animal Factory 30: If five of us need iron for one dude . . . we better go ask Stoneface to lock us up for protection.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 106: To cease the clash of skull and iron in our streets.West in|
4. in fig. use, courage.
|Vocabulum 44: Courage; fearless; staunch.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 108: Willie hasn’t the iron to be crooked.|
|Homeboy 27: He hadn’t the iron to extinct himself by bullet or Big Shot.|
5. (W.I., Jam.) a thug, a gangster.
|Harder They Come 153: Arright [...] dat seem to be de iron in de place tonight.|
|Ade’s Fables 266: I have three million Iron Boys and most of it is Turkey.‘The New Fable of the Lonesome Camp’ in|
|Cayton’s Wkly (Seattle, WA) 21 June 2/1: Fees have advanced a dollar each, which [...] means Grant is in the fight [...] with blood in his eyes and ‘iron boys’ in his hand.|
|(con. 1918) Chevrons 183: Well, I earned a dollar yesterday an’ I’ll earn another one today. I’ll remark they’ll be the toughest two iron boys I ever made in my life.|
(US) $1 in cash.
|Cheyenne Transporter (Darlington, Indian Terr.) 10 Feb. 7/3: R.M. Allen [...] left a ‘cast iron dollar’ for a year’s subscription.|
|Mohave County Miner (AZ) 12 Aug. 3/2: Fred Pomeroy is the mourning the loss of a big iron dollar.|
|True Bills 5: Mrs. Gillespie had tapped the Bank for seven large, Iron Dollars.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 168: Bill Murphy pulled down seventy-five round iron dollars.|
|Pullman Herald (WA) 2 Jan. 1/6: He had received full value for the big iron dollars.|
|Pirate Piece Apr. 4: Two and one half iron bucks [HDAS].|
(US) a weight-lifting enthusiast.
|On the Yard (2002) 244: A single iron freak was making dead lifts of what looked close to a thousand pounds.|
(US prison) one who works out with body-building weights.
|Homeboy 225: John Henry was a wimp next to these two ironheads.|
|Artie (1963) 50: I just fed eight big iron louies into that game last night.|
1. (US) $1; usu. in pl.
|[||Sun (NY) 18 Oct. 11/2: I piped Joe Yeager betting four thousand bessemer men].|
|Eve. Statesman (Walla Walla, WA) 5 Mar. 3/2: Three iron men are three dollars.|
|Maison De Shine 45: A feller who shells out his six iron men every week.|
|Gullible’s Travels 54: If you don’t enjoy the one down to the Auditorium, they’s no use o me payin’ five iron men to have you bored to death.‘Three Kings and a Pair’ in|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 36: Said Chief wires [...] the one hundred iron men due yours truly for services rendered.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 145: I got a hundred iron men in my pocket.|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 125: Hundred dollars [...] Iron men. Fish. Bucks to the number of one hundred.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 229: Did you read about the reward? Ten thousand iron men.|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 145: ‘How much do you want?’ ‘One hundred iron men.’.|
|(con. late 19C) Gentle Giant 24: I’ve got twenty lil ole iron men.|
2. (US) $1000.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 66: That loss cost us [...] eight grand, eight big iron men all shot to hell and gone...|
3. (orig. Aus.) £1 note.
|DSUE (8th edn) 601/2: sense-adapted ca. 1944 ex US iron man, a dollar.|
(US Und.) to pistol-whip.
|Gonif 108: I had leaped on him, pistol drawn. I iron-whipped him with all the pent-up hate and fury of a warped childhood.|
see pump iron
(US Und.) to go armed, esp. as a gangster’s bodyguard.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
see under draw v.4
(US prison) to spend time in a cell.
|Chicago Trib. 26 Sept. 3/1: He explained that ‘make him eat iron’ means to lock up a prisoner.|
see sense 3b above.
of money, to spend freely.
|Layer Cake 159: Guys like Kinky don’t open savings accounts [...] they iron it [i.e money] out as quick as possible.|
(US Black) tap-dancing.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 12 Nov. 11/11: A solid killer diller with an uncanny knack for laying down fine irons.|
see sense 3b above.
(orig. US) to work out with weights, to practise bodybuilding.
|Seize the Time 33: He’d been to the joint, and had been throwin’ iron up there.|
|N.Y. Post 19 Oct. 7: When Lisa Lyon, 26, met muscleman-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger two years ago [...] she began to pump iron.|
|Big Huey 68: Les, Junk and I would go down to the weight room and pump a bit of iron.|
|Homeboy 224: Let’s bump some iron. Maybe I’ll calm down some. [...] Only two other cons were mad enough to be driving iron on the weight pile.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 74: Then there’s the gym get noticed. All regular sessions and any extras there’s me pumping iron.|
|Westsiders 191: You know what the biggest thing in prison is? Pumping iron.|
|Some Day Never Comes 119: I was at the gym a few months ago, and right next to me was a huge muscleman pumping iron.|
|Running the Books 317: He was benching 175. I wondered how much I could do [...] It had been a while since I pumped iron.|
(US) to exercise with weights.
|On the Yard (2002) 346: You better stick to rasslin’ and [...] pushing iron.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(N.Z.) to become indebted, lit. or fig.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 89/1: put an iron on your shoulder get into debt or become beholden to somebody.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|