Green’s Dictionary of Slang

phiz n.1

also fiz, fizhog, fizz, fizzog, phis, phisimiog, phisog, phizz, phizzog, physiog, physog, phyz
[abbr. SE physiognomy]

1. the face.

[UK] ‘Madam Le Croix’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 170: She reads her fortune in her phiz.
[UK]Female Wits I ii: After, you shall be sure to behold his ill-favoured phiz peeping out behind the scenes at both houses.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Phis for Physiognomy, Face or Aspect.
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 34: Knights come hither [i.e. the playhouse] to learn the amorous smirk, the alamode grin [...] and how to adjust their phiz to make themselves as ridiculous by art as they are by nature. [Ibid.] 111: The dirt, and sallow complexion, gave her a phyz most surprizing.
[UK]R. Steele Tatler No. 230 n.p.: The Jacks, and others of that Kidney, are very uppish, and alert upon’t, as you may see by their Phizz’s —.
[US]G. Hunter ‘Androboros’ in Meserve & Reardon Satiric Comedies (1969) 37: Fizle’s Phiz always gives me the Chollick.
[UK]S. Centlivre Artifice Act II: I don’t like your Phiz.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]J. Sheppard Sheppard in Egypt 7: All of them fell to nibbling at my Phyz, with their pencils.
[UK]Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 12: I like your Phiz.
[UK]Swift Polite Conversation xx: Some Abbreviations exquisitely refined: As, [...] Phizz for Physiognomy. [Ibid.] 42: I saw her with my own Eyes; she sat among the Mobb in the Gallery, her own ugly Fizz. And she saw me look at her.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random (1979) 62: A short crop eared wig [...] added to what is called a queer phiz, occasioned by a long chin, an hook nose, and high cheek bones.
[UK] ‘Happiness of a Good Assurance’ in ‘A Pembrochian’ Gradus ad Cantabrigiam (1803) 43: Who’er with frontless phyz is blest, / Still, in a blue, or scarlet vest, / May saunter through the town.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 175: Paris puts on a warlike phiz, / And from his hand his lance goes whiz.
[UK]Foote The Commissary 9: A whole cargo of husbands [...] of all nations, complexions, ages, tempers, and fizes.
[UK]Cleland Woman of Honor III 95: A greasy unctuous perspiration for ever on the surface of his phyz.
[UK]Mme D’Arblay Diary and Letters (1904) I 175: She examined my phiz.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Phyz, the face. Rum phyz; an odd face or countenance.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Lyric Odes’ Works (1794) I 81: For by each phiz [...] There’s not an Israelite in all the tribe.
[US]N.Y. Journal 24 July 3/2: It was really laughable to see the variety of phizzes on this occasion.
[Ire]Both Sides of the Gutter part II 11: He pops in his phiz [...] And tips ould Charkley de wink.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 168: With solemn phiz about the fate / Of Troy the gods deliberate.
[UK]G.S. Carey ‘Every Man His Mode’ One Thousand Eight Hundred 29: The Quaker’s a very queer kind of a quiz, / His back so erect, and so prim in his phiz.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Physog. The face. A vulgar abbreviation of physiognomy. Phyz. The face. Rum phyz; an odd face or countenance.
[UK]W. Combe Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 4/1: The painted fancy did beguile / His woe-worn phiz into a smile.
[UK]‘Thomas Brown’ Fudge Family in Paris Letter III 24: We lounge up the Boulevards, where — oh, Dick, the phyzzes, / The turn-outs we meet — what a nation of quizzes.
[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 68: Oh, what a face of brass was his, / Who first at Congress show’d his phyz.
[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 111: His whole physog was completely mauled and jellyfied.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 78: Fiszog — or Physiog; the face.
[UK]Vulgarities of Speech Corrected n.p.: Phyz, or physog, The face.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) I 148: I advise you to bolt before the beasts of serjeants are quite acquainted with your phiz.
[UK] ‘The Chummies’ Society’ in Fun Alive O! 54: I made his fizhog for to sound again / When a pair of blue devils came in.
[UK] ‘The Wigton Reprobates’ in C. Hindley James Catnach (1878) 265: Heave a sigh ev’ry heart, let each phiz, be demure.
[UK]M. Scott Cruise of the Midge I 160: I saw the devil himself first put his ugly fiz up in the middle of the peasoup.
[UK] ‘To A Knocking Shop We’ll Go’ in Frisky Vocalist 27: We’ll have a glass of grog, / At Mother H.’s, oh! / It will freshen up your phizog.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 4 Mar. 2/4: The fists of the Brothers were visiting each other’s nob or physog with every description of feeling.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Dec. 3/2: From the dejected phiz of the reciter [...] we are much disposed to believe that he really meant it.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 125: Says, Jack, says he, with his knowing phiz, / I ain’t werry pertic’lar who it is!
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Sept. 4/1: His fives were clinch’d, his brow was knit, his physiog was wan.
[UK]Sinks of London Laid Open 79: Neither of these had a greater effect than had the blue physog. of a police sergeant showing his awe-inspiring self in at the door.
[UK]M. Reid Scalp-Hunters II 166: Let’s git a squint at yur phisog.
[US]N.Y. Daily Trib. 7 Sept. 7/4: Calls were made for the Police, but not one of that fraternity showed his phiz until it was all over.
[UK](con. 1852) Fights for the Championship 252: Both [...] permitted their seconds to wipe their phisogs for them.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 74: PHYSOG, or phiz, the face.
[UK]‘George Eliot’ Mill on the Floss (1985) I 84: As different as possible from poor Maggie’s phiz.
[US]‘Johnny Cross’ ‘Down Near The Battery’ in Orig. Pontoon Songster 41: He fell in love with this young gal [...] From seeing her phizog painted, on an omnibus door.
[Aus]C. Money Knocking About in N.Z. 50: Such an expression of misery on his pale little phiz.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 25 Feb. 6/6: He comes out again, with a grin on his shining fiz’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Jan. 4/4: The beam of hilarity shone like a starry meteor in Dan’s eye, and there was a pucker upon the classic phiz. of J. D. Young.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 8 Sept. 7/3: She knows my physog too well.
[US]Lincoln Co. Leader (NM) 16 June 3/3: Then this bummer still beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, / By the quaint and swell gravity of the physiog he wore.
[UK]W.S. Gilbert ‘Only A Dancing Girl’ Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 22: With her skirt at her shameful knee, / And her painted, tainted phiz.
[UK]R. Barnett Police Sergeant C 21 156: What fellow would be fool enough to risk ruin for a phisimiog like that!
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 30 Sept. 1/4: His phioz would interlace / With genial smiles.
[UK]J. Caminada Twenty-Five Years of Detective Life I 11: Now then! sit up! let’s look at your phizzogs!
[US]A.C. Gunter M.S. Bradford Special 48: ‘Whew!’ whistles the ward man [...] ‘By the Lord, you’re a cute one!’ and goes away with a very knowing look on his phiz.
[UK]Marvel XV:367 Nov. 6: Old Kruger’s phis is stamped on it.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 16 Feb. 312: About as rascally a phiz as you ever set eyes on.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Jan. 12/3: I know your phiz, mate, but can’t place you.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Oct. 4/8: The prad walks on yer phizog just to let you know ’ees there.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 1 Jan. 8/3: With that he fetches, / Straight from out his pocket-book, / Of the phizog of his cliner.
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 60: moosh, moush [...] The human face; the physiog.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 10 Jan. 5/7: he knows by the physiog of a flat punter whether he is winning or losing.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Uncle Jim’ in Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 93: Then orl at once ’e grips me ’and in ’is: / ‘Some’ow,’ ’e sez, ‘I likes yer ugly phiz.’.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 117: I ought to have said something about an old hat or something. No, I could have said. Looks as good as new now. See his phiz then. [Ibid.] 290: And, begob, I saw his physog do a peep in and then slidder off again.
[US]W. James Drifting Cowboy (1931) 126: Never let me see your homely phizog again.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 74: If these castaways are so enamoured of the masculine mug and the feminine physog as they pretend to be, what the devil are they doing there?
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 189: I didn’t like very much the idea of advertising my physiog in the company of these élite.
[US]R. Sale ‘A Nose for News’ in Goulart (1967) 200: When you see this intelligent phiz again.
[UK](con. 1912) B. Marshall George Brown’s Schooldays 16: Just before the prefect shuts the door in their physogs.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 18 May 11s/1: I’ve been turning back the pages of my old sporting scrap-book — looking down Cauliflower Row. Fistic phizzogs that have thrilled the fans.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 5: The veteran’s flat, placid, deadpan phiz.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 58: I’ve got to fillet your ugly phiz with your own broken bottle.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 176: A government that puts stamps all over your phizzog until you can’t see a hand before you.
[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 214: ‘Shut yer face’ – ‘fizzog’ – ‘flycatcher’ – or, ‘gate’.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 64: Meaning, whose phizog and monniker was on the head side?
[UK](con. 1961) J. Rosenthal Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 72: [Mother gives her a dirty look] What’s up with your fizzog?
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 43: You will spend eternity with your phiz in a bowl of soup.
[UK]S. Armitage ‘All Bee and Skittles’ in Zoom 17: By the time we got back [...] Fairbrother had scarpered and Gideon’s fizzog / said he couldn’t be bothered.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 24: I go to the gents and contemplate my fizzog in the mirror.
[UK]Guardian 9 Oct. 28: Six glum phizogs decorate the first inside page.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 23 July 11: I hope we get another chance to gaze upon his magnificent phiz.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 27 May 12: Dennis the Menace and I stamp our phizogs on the Royal Mail.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 14: A bolt back anothuh glass uv wine an wash me phiz under thuh cold tap.
[UK]Observer 9 Jan. 28/3: The question is why Ramsay would have any expensive treatments to his phizog at all.

2. a photograph.

[NZ]N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 25 Sept. 11/4: I thank you for my phiz, / Also for dubbing me a poet.
[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 466: Phizog. Photograph.