1. in monetary senses.
(a) (US) one dollar; thus half a rock, 50 cents.
|[||Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 59: His mother was upon board-wages when he was ushered into the world, which accounted for his not having a ‘rock’ too much!].|
|Pickings from N.O. Picayune 143: Here I am in town without a rock in my pocket, and without a skirt to my coat, or a crown to my hat.|
|Sharps and Flats; or, The Perils of City Life 17/1: His pockets lined with rocks, the dashing knave left town for his personal safety.|
|Down in Tennessee 113: Rocks is sca’ce, jest now; I hain’t got on’y three dollars in the wurle.|
|Slaver’s Adventures 151: Her dad has got the rocks — four or five million, I s’pose.|
|‘Prince Albert’s Fashion’ at warrenfahey.com [Internet] An’ runs accounts for underwear / An’ banks their beans an’ rocks.|
|Powers That Prey 178: You remember that fellow from Vienna ’t I borrowed a hundred from [...] nice enough bloke, an’ had the rocks an’ all that.|
|Types From City Streets 335: ‘You mean not enough money?’ ‘Na, there’s plenty o’ rocks.’.|
|Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 401: [reported from Auburn, Ala., 1915–1916] Save up yo’ money / And haul out your rocks; / You will always have tobacco / In your own tobacco box.|
|Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/3: Half a dollar is ‘half a schnooze’ ‘half a schmier’ or a ‘half a rock’.|
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1003: I don’t bet, but I’ll double you. Five rocks!‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
|AS XXVIII:2 116: half a rock, half a slug, n. A half dollar.‘Carnie Talk’ in|
|Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 50: And goddam if she doesn’t lay half a rock on me for the cigarettes.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 163: Another half a rock down the drain.|
(b) (US prison) one carton of prison cigarettes, the equivalent of $1 in a barter economy.
|Prison Sl. 65: Rock A prison dollar, equivalent to one pack of name brand cigarettes.|
2. a diamond, thus bum rock, a flawed stone.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 69: I had [...] several Kimberley rocks.|
|St Paul Globe (MN) 28 Feb. 26/5: The New Yorkers deposited their shiny rocks with the hotel clerk.|
|Maison De Shine 83: Did you pipe the rocks she had on?|
|Spokane Press (WA) 22 Sept. 7/3: The thief calls [...] diamonds with flaws [...] ‘bum rocks’.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 48: I wouldn’t trust no strange girl with a rock o’ mine.‘Alibi Ike’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 44: ‘Austrian Max’ was a stone-getter [...] Sometimes Max rode for miles on different lines before he spotted a desirable ‘rock’.|
|Taxi-Dance Hall 250: It’s about how they ‘fished’ a man for a ring with a big ‘rock’ in it.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 290: I’ll take all the rocks and give you a fair price for them.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 92: How much shall we ask Nutch for the rocks?|
|Pimp 160: The rock on his finger exploded blue-white.|
|Come Monday Morning 49: Four rings on her wedding finger one of ’em had a rock big’s a horse turd.|
|Homeboy 38: I still cant imagine a man of your intelligence slinging that rock around Gloria Monday’s neck.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] rock n 1. a wedding ring. (‘Man, stay away from her. Didn’t you see that huge rock on her finger?’).|
|Snitch Jacket 57: She made me nervous, with her big rock and chinchilla coat.|
3. a man who is sturdy and solid both emotionally, physically and in his character.
|Coll. Works (1975) 268: The rock remained calm and solid.‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ in|
4. in drug uses.
|(con. 1926) Schnozzola 100: Social unequals, the Piping Rock boys and the White Rock boys, got up to participate in the entertainment, and the ladies and the flossies became sisters under the gin.|
(b) a piece of hashish.
|Duke 106: You buy a small rock, a piece.|
(c) cocaine, when in uncrushed form.
|Snowblind (1978) 137: Rocks, in cocaine lore, are the lumps that appear dispersed throughout the sample. [Ibid.] 187: The rock weighed about a quarter of an ounce [...] The rock was cocaine – through and through. As pure as it gets.|
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 36: He produces a baggie filled with yellowish powder, ‘all flake – stuff off the rock’. [Ibid.] 39: By the winter of 1983, pure rock was the craze much as crack was to be four or five years later.|
|Curvy Lovebox 86: He opens up a bigger wrap that’s full of selected charlie rocks.|
|Layer Cake 62: Lick some rock, boot some brown, boost two brew.|
(d) (also rock cocaine, rock crack) crack cocaine; a piece of crack cocaine.
|Central Sl. 44: rock A concentrated form of cocaine.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 31: The franchise to distribute rock cocaine was disputed by teenage robot-mutant millionaires.|
|Yardie 41: Robbie inhaled the thick smoke from the now red-hot rock.|
|‘Pocket Full of Stones’ [lyrics] Rock crack sho ain’t good in the city that / Had a fuckin hoe for every letter in the alphabet.|
|Urban Grimshaw 220: She goes down for brown and sucks cock for rock.|
|Alphaville (2011) 189: The price point of a bag of smack made dealers a lot more money a lot more quickly than selling jumbos of rock.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] He’d have enough [i.e. money] to get high on the cheap stuff — ten dollar crack rocks.‘Zed’s Dead, Baby’ in|
|The Force [ebook] You had as much as a roach on you, an old needle, a pipe with a grain of old rock in it, you’re going.|
(e) heroin, prior to being crushed to powder.
|Candy 12: I hear there’s some pink rocks coming tomorrow.|
(f) methamphetamine, when in uncrushed form.
|Right As Rain 261: The vial was filled to the top with crystal rocks.|
5. (US Und.) a prison.
|Lonesome Monsters (1963) 134: You know him in some other rock?‘Day of the Alligator’ in Algren|
6. (US teen) a large, tough person.
|Rock 81: Four of his boys follow him. They’re all rocks.|
7. (US prison) a cellblock.
8. (S.Afr.) an Afrikaner. [abbr. rock spider n.].
|informant in DSAE (1996).|
|Style Oct. 40: In the army [...] Afrikaners are ‘rocks’ or ‘pebbles’ [DSAE].|
|My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 75: Most policemen [...] were rocks, or Afrikaners.|
9. (US black) a basketball.
|Campus Sl. Spring 5: shoot some rock – play basketball.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 6: pound the rock – to play basketball.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 5: rock [...] basketball ‘Let’s go shoot the rock.’.|
|Corner (1998) 246: ‘Gimme the rock.’ R.C. powers up over top of Manny Man to snag the rebound.|
|Way Home (2009) 91: He put English on the rock and bounced it.|
|Sellout (2016) 4: He could catch the rock on a break, pull up for a bearded three-pointer [...] and talk shit as the ball popped the net.|
10. (US) in fig. use, the essence, the ‘bottom line’.
|Spidertown (1994) 98: I’m tellin’ you straight, right? Thass the fucken rock of it, bro’.|
11. a piece of excrement, an individual stool.
|Ringer [ebook] There’s a sting in my ring like I’ve just dropped some serious rocks.|
(Aus.) an unsophisticated person; a lout.
|(ref. to 1970s) Aus. Word Map [Internet] rock ape. school slang, circa 1970’s [...] similar to Bogan; implied lack of class or style in dress and lack of sophisitication in manners.|
(drugs) a desire for crack cocaine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Rock attack — Crack Cocaine.|
see sense 4d above.
|‘Drug Sl. Vault’ on Erowid.org [Internet] Rock Crank Methamphetamine.|
(US drugs) a habitual user of crack cocaine.
|Shame the Devil 243: The dude was a skinny rock-fiend [...] all angles and nerves.|
(drugs) a consumer of crack cocaine.
|High Concept 211: [He] indicates no sympathy for what he calls ‘rock heads and rock doctors’.|
(US black) a woman who takes crack cocaine; thus a general derog.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] rock hoe Definition: referring to, but not limited to, a slutty biznitch who does crack. More generally, any slut you don’t like. Example: That bitch he’s with ain’t nuthin but a rock hoe.|
(drugs) a place where crack cocaine is sold and smoked; also attrib.
|8 Ball Chicks (1998) 13: In the ghetto [...] there are hundreds of independent ‘rock house’ franchises.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Rock house — Place where crack is sold and smoked.|
(UK black/drugs) a smoker of crack cocaine.
|Deadmeat 312: You’re not a rock kid are you? [...] I don’t know which is worse, the rock or AIDS.|
(Aus.) a $20 bill.
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 47: He pulled a $20 bill out of his pocket [...] it was so long since the collection box had seen a ‘rock lobster’. [Ibid.] 211: ‘You got change of a rock lobster,’ said Norton, pulling a $20 bill out of his jeans.|
|Real Thing 194: ‘What about that rock-lobster in your shirt?’ Norton quickly palmed a twenty-dollar bill into the top pocket of reg’s shirt.|
(US drugs/campus) an addict who is desperate for a dose of rock or crack cocaine; one who may steal to support their habit.
|Central Sl. 45: rock monster Someone who is in need of rock cocaine.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: Some rock monster ripped off my tape deck.|
see pipe n.1 (3g)
(drugs) a smoker of crack cocaine, esp. a woman who trades sex for crack cocaine or money to buy crack cocaine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Rock star — Female who trades sex for crack or money to buy crack; a person who uses rock cocaine.|
|Soul Circus 166: Phil say she was one of those rock stars, from back when he had that, what do they call it, epidemic here in the city.|
(US drugs) to smoke crack cocaine.
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 5 [TV script] If I told anybody else but you you might think I’m ridin’ the rock.‘Straight and True’|
(US black) sporting diamond jewellery.
|‘Everybody Wanna Rat’ [lyrics] Your hands, wrists, and neck was rocked up.|
|‘Iceman’ [lyrics] Look at me now, hat cocked up, wristwatch rocked up.|
|‘Blow Your Smoke’ [lyrics] The sun is out, my wrist rocked up.|
(drugs) to collapse through an excessive consumption of marijuana or pills.
|Compar. Study of Urban Black Argot.|
(US) to send someone out with a container to have it filled with beer at the local bar or tavern.
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 3 Dec. 17/7: ‘Chasing the can,’ ‘rolling the rock’ and ‘working the growler’ all mean sending the tin can down to the corner bar-room for beer.|
SE in slang uses
Pertaining to prison
(N.Z.) a prison.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 93/2: rock college prison.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
1. (US) in prison uses [hard labour in the rock quarry].
(a) a convict.
(b) a prison.
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 44: The three appellate court judges who will investigate the charges of irregularities in the Mutt case. This is Mutt’s only hope of dodging the state rock crusher.|
2. as a form of machine.
(a) (US) an automobile.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 24: Listening to an egg with one way pockets as he tries to trade in his old rock crusher for a new rattler.in Zwilling|
(b) (orig. US black) an accordion.
|Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 31 July 6/8: Musicans have slang terms for every instrument [...] Rock crusher – accordion.|
|Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing n.p.: rock-crusher : an accordian.|
see separate entries.
(US) a prison.
see under ape n.
(US tramp/black) diamonds.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 461: Rock candy, Jewelry, usually diamonds.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(Aus.) a derog. term for a Roman Catholic.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 93/2: rock chopper Roman Catholic (after initials?).|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 77: chopper a Catholic ( a common shortening of rock chopper). [Ibid.] 296: RC a Catholic. [Ibid.] 303: At Duntroon, rock chopper would seem to have spawned some imitative coinages, with only one term for a Catholic (arsie = RC) punningly using the actual initials themselves.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
|Things I Didn’t Know (2007) 67: The ancient tension between rock-choppers (Catholics) and Anglos.|
(US) a stupid person; thus rock-headed adj., very stupid.
|Top-Notch 15 Dec. [Internet] I’ve already got an idea that will prove to you, or any other rockhead, that my theory of honesty is correct.‘Ten Dollars – No Sense’ in|
|I, Mobster 86: Rock-heads who wanted to give orders instead of taking them. [Ibid.] 101: He’s just rock-headed enough to start a crazy gang war.|
|Benny Muscles In (2004) 311: ‘Just what do you call an emergency?’ ‘That I don’t get there, rockhead!’.|
|Big Gold Dream 119: Here, rockhead, take it and read it.|
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 25: ‘Why don’t he just leave the trail? Lose us [...]’ ‘A rockhead,’ said Stink Harris. ‘That’s why.’.|
1. a geologist.
|Amer. Union 30 Aug. 1/3: Both were employed on the Enterprise — Dan as the ‘rock sharp’ and Mark as the ‘funny man’ [DA].|
|El Paso Herald (TX) 13 Feb. 5/5: A geologist trying to sell his services to an oil companay was called a ‘rock hound’ or a ‘pebble pup’.|
|Great Falls Trib. (MT) 4 June 12/4: Nature never intended that I should be a rockhound, a peebble-pup or any of the [...] designations, whereby geologists are [...] profanely classified.|
2. an amateur mineralogist.
|A la Calif. 100: They bored everything from a lime-rock to a sandbank, in search of oil, and never struck it, despite the predictions of professional geologists, oil wizards and rock-sharps generally.|
|National Hist. May 220/1: There are numerous semiprecious stones to interest the ‘rock hound’ [DA].|
see separate entry.
(US Und.) a seller of cheap jewellery.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
see off one’s rocker under rocker n.1
see separate entry.