1. (also belt out, belt up) to hit (with a fist), to flog, to thrash.
|Wool-Gatherer 162: ‘I kend your father weel; he’s a good cannie man.’ ‘I wish he had beltit your shoulders as aft as he has done mine, ye maybe wadna hae said sae muckle for him.’.|
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 46: He intends to belt me, does he?|
|N.-Y. After Dark 77: Belt ’em in the snoot!|
|Butte (MT) Miner 21 Nov. 1/4: You are charged with assault and battery [...] having belted a man over the head.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 29 Dec. 10/2: In the second round Prendergast meant business, and ‘belted’ Denning all over the stage.|
|Plain Tales from the Hills (1890) 267: I’ve belted him, an’ I’ve bruk his head.‘The Madness of Private Ortheris’ in|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 255: I’ve half a mind to belt you home again to your mother.|
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 6: Here you, Jim, git up, now, while I belt yer life out, you damned disorderly brat.|
|Truth (Sydney) 16 Sept. 1/6: The Chinese war-ship Chen-Yuen has belted the Japanese belted cruiser Hi-yei. The latter was sunk.|
|‘Lord Douglas’ in Roderick (1972) 499: Here, Barcoo, stump up, or I’ll belt it out of your hide!|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 2456: I’ve heard her say forty times she’d belt him in the jaw if he came ’round.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 26: Why don’t ole England belt ’em in the slats?‘War’|
|Working Bullocks 7: Chris working up the excitement [...] brandishing his piece of bark and belting the polers.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 155: As fast as they are flattened they get up and keep belting away.‘Hold ’Em, Yale!’|
|Foveaux 49: You’re a nice one [...] There’s times when I could belt you.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 247: Dietrich belted him again, slamming him back against the wall.|
|Junkie (1966) 60: There was not one who wouldn’t wilt and spill as soon as someone belted him in the mouth.|
|A Neutral Corner (1990) 29: ‘I’d belt them out,’ he said. ‘Oh, I’d belt them out.’.‘The University of Eighth Avenuie’|
|Fings I i: Fer two bleedin’ pins, I’d belt ’em rahnd the lug’oles.|
|Bunch of Ratbags 45: He became violent and we got belted up.|
|All Night Stand 49: It was happening; a woman was causing trouble. I’d belt her for that.|
|Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1973) 33: I belted him out!|
|Frying-Pan 38: She’s only herself to blame if you belt her to shut her up.|
|in Living Black 35: You belt him, stick it into him. [Ibid.] 303: When a kid shits on the doorstep you belt his arse and rub his nose in it.|
|Union Street 201: Her eyes were so black you’d ’ve thought somebody had belted her one.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 31: Les was going to belt him but decided against it.|
|Muscle for the Wing 202: At the kitchen door he was belted on the neck.|
|Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 211: All of a sudden his victim bursts in and belts him on the scone.|
|Mr Blue 145: Nelson had taken revenge for when I pulled off his gas mask and belted him in the chops.|
|Grits 40: A don’t suppose a shoulduv belted er. A can be annarse too when am pissed up.|
|(con. 1960s-70s) Top Fellas 24/1: Belting long-hairs was just a nasty lark.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] When he belted his girls, he made sure the consequences stayed out of sight.|
|(con. 1926)‘For Whom No Bells Toll’ in ThugLit Mar. [ebook] ‘You think he belted her for running down his writing or his buddy?’.|
2. to drink heavily, esp. straight from the bottle.
|Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) XV July in Inge (1967) 46: He can belt six shillins worth of corn-juice at still-house rates and travel.‘The Knob Dance’|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 455: Handsome Jack takes to belting the old grape.‘Social Error’|
|Hollywood Detective May [Internet] He took to belting the bottle, [...] and stayed plastered so long he became a confirmed lush.‘Death Ends the Scene’|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 49: They were [...] belting whisky with beer chasers.|
|Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxvii 6/3: All questions are based on the assumption you’ve been belting booze into you for at least six hours.|
|Mott the Hoople 159: I belted down several shots.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 150: She belts down Martinis like her stomach has a sponge lining.|
|Muscle for the Wing 156: He [...] belted back some brew.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 52: Herb kept belting his flask of whisky.|
3. to rush, to hurry.
|Truth (Sydney) 2 Dec. 1/2: He never neglected to take up the collection [...] before the audience could ‘belt’.|
|Warwickshire Word-Book 26: Belt [...] To hurry, to rush.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 July 14/2: In his fervor he follows the gee-gee over miles of rough country, and on the day when I first met him he was belting across the plain, apparently in hot pursuit of nothing.|
|Examiner (Launceston, Tas.) 15 Aug. 2/7: You can belt up the street as slick as possible.|
|Human Touch 39: I come belting back to try and git in the same crush.|
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Feb. [Internet] I belted back to Duke’s portal; knocked.‘Feature Snatch!’|
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 11 Mar. 25: As for the propriety of Godfrey’s belting around in Air Force planes, I see nothing wrong in it [W&F].|
|Dark is Light Enough 80: This precious idiot [...] Belted off like a madman.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: We’ll have to belt it like the clappers out of hell. We can’t afford to hang about.|
|Crust on its Uppers 55: We go belting off to Winston’s.|
|Start in Life (1979) 117: Thick clouds were belting across the woods.|
|Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) 55: He belts down the street, always in the lead, taking on the whole bloody army.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 36: He’d belt along the edges of ponds, scattering the water hens and ducks near the banks.|
|Vic Reeves Big Night Out n.p.: Right now he’s belting through a forest in Bombay.|
|(con. 1944) Prince Charming 46: So I belted over to the wallahs’ mess and told them who I was.|
4. to trounce, to defeat soundly.
|Cannibals 356: I love to see you get belted in print.|
5. of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|‘Lagos Lagoon’ Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 55: We’re belting black velvet around Lagos Lagoon [...] You can get a good grind for a piece of PK.|
|(con. 1945) Goodbye to Some (1963) 145: Did you belt any of those nurses?|
|Detective is Dead (1996) 48: Harpur would belt anything teenage to twenty-three.|
6. see belt it out
1. a prostitute.
|Sl. and Its Analogues (rev. edn).|
2. a boisterous, energetic singer [belt it out ].
|Time 20 July 90: She became a belter. She found herself ‘living’ every song she sang.|
|Murder Me for Nickels (2004) 140: First thing, a drum came on [...] then a belter who shattered the glasswool off the ceiling.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 20 June 3: Some Sixties belter who hasn’t had a full-blown major hit.|
3. a (heavy) drinker.
|Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) 6 Feb. 19/1: The Irish belters [...] who belly up at the watering hole [...] never thought they would see old Shoosh Novelli banging down a shot and a beer again. The old man has the Big One. The doctors found it in his jawbone.|
4. an admirable, exciting, or exceptional person [northern dial. belter, a heavy blow or series of blows].
|Spike Island (1981) 333: Our boxer dog [...] was a belter [...] he’d be snarlin’ and they all backed off.|
|(con. 1950s) Second From Last in the Sack Race 307: She’s a right belter now, is Lorna Arrow.|
|Awaydays 25: You, my derlin, are a liddle fucken belter. Yeah fucken gerjuss.|
|www.thepantsman.com [Internet] Fuck me, you’re in a foreign country with the focus on bending over belters, yet none of you will fork out a single peso to guarantee a bit of Mexican minge.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 24: Heh-low . . . ride alert, ride alert . . . the daughter has turned oot a right wee fuckin belter!|
5. something exceptional, exciting, amusing etc.
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] earl: Hullo Del Boy. Nice Christmas? del: A belter.‘Christmas Crackers’|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 11 July 1: They’re re-telling a belter about some tasty bank job.|
|Guardian Rev. 3 Nov. 17: Purely Belter means more brilliant than ‘cushdy’ or ‘mint’; it means, as it were, doubleplusgood.|
|Be My Enemy 114: It [i.e. a joke] was a sheer belter because it illustrated that [...] Rory could also be a blundering numpty.|
6. a loud, emotional and melodramatic song [belt it out ].
|Guardian Rev. 5 May 20: There’s a very faint breeze of 50s pop cheesiness about such belters as How Can I Be Sure?|
7. in phr. a belter of, an extreme or exceptional example.
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 273: Ah’ve goat a belter ah a hard-on n she looks as sexy and sleazy as fuck.|
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 229: I’ll not forget the great sound belting I catched.|
|(?)‘Getting Back on Dave Regan’ in Roderick (1972) 368: If I ketch him I’ll give him a beltin’ for it.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Feb. 4/5: The latter came out gaily [...] and gave Kubla a terrific belting, and drove the sick, battered fragments of him to seek shelter in a storm.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 235: Cal’s mother wouldn’t let ’m go swimmin’, an’ whenever she suspected she always licked his hair [...] If it tasted salty, he got a beltin’.|
|Short Stories (1937) 221: Some day you’re gonna get the beltin’ you got comin’.‘Curbstone Philosophy’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 380: One of the attendants in the orphans’ asylum [...] gives him a good belting.‘The Lemon Drop Kid’ in|
|Lucky Palmer 21: If me old man catches me with this much dough I’ll get a belting.|
|Und. Nights 43: He gave him a private belting.|
|Down by the Dockside 215: Do you want a belting?|
|Saved Scene viii: Yer need a bloody good beltin’.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 21: Can’t afford [...] getting a belting into the bargain.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 182: Would I lie to my big sister [...] knowing the belting she’d give me when she found out?|
|in That Was Business, This Is Personal 15: I got a thorough belting for escaping from the police.|
excellent, very good of its type.
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 33: You’d have a belting time too, in a cushy country like that.|
|Jackie 19 Dec. n.p.: I always thought it was a belting idea [KH].|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Come to think of it, it’s a belting idea!‘It Never Rains’|
|Pagan Game (1969) 162: A belt-up in the ruck, a bunch of five, fair enough.|
at full speed.
|DSUE (8th edn).|
1. to rain very hard.
|DSUE (8th edn) 69/1: late C.19–20.|
2. (N.Z.) to drink quickly.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
to eat heartily.
|Burden of Proof 91: Matthews sat with Binney [...] belting into steak, chips and salad.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 91: He was belting it, I bet. And saying ooohhh and aaahhh on the telephone.|
to sing loudly and enthusiastically; thus belting n. and adj.
|Joint (1972) 63: I notice the effect of Sammy Davis, Jr., who saves his too belting delivery by a sly oblique junkie-type humor.letter 26 June|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 25: She was singing, and by the last verse fairly belting it out.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 80: He just stomped his foot, stood his ground and belted.|
|Love Machine 186: She belts out a song better than Garland.|
|True Confessions (1979) 14: ‘And blessed is the fruit of thy womb . . . .’ (This is where Moira really belts it), ‘. . . Jay-sus.’.|
(N.Z.) to get very drunk.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
see under batter n.1
see under hog n.
1. (Aus.) to create, to gain, to make.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Oct. 10/3: [H]e considers his method of belting out a living as honorable as that of Judkins, Dill Macky or any other strife-creator.|
2. (orig. Aus., also belt) to sing lustily; to broadcast or proclaim noisily.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Sept. 34/2: At more than half the patriotic concerts in Australia the National Anthem, ‘Britons Never Shall be Slaves,’ ‘Advance Australia Fair,’ and so on, are belted out of pianos made at Blooduntgutsburg, while the audience waves its imported and anti-British hat enthusiastically.|
|Sat. Rev. (US) 12 Dec. 55: Standing there in the dim haze [...] belting out the sophisticated sweetness of Porter’s ‘Get Out of Town’.|
|Guntz 138: All of which [i.e. TV channels] never leave off belting out programmes round the clock.|
|Dead Butler Caper 101: She was up on stage beltin’ out the latest ’it, an Al Jolson number.|
|(con. 1966) Lords of Discipline 28: I’m listening to fat broads belting out dago songs.|
|Yes We have No 280: The Tom Jones wannabe in the karaoke pub [...] is belting out ‘Delilah’.|
|Port Authority 1: They’d have to belt something easy out like Anarchy in the UK.|
|‘Not Even a Mouse’ in ThugLit Nov.-Dec. [ebook] For weeks, he’d belted that they were broke.|
3. (US) to eat heartily.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 557: Jonas thinks he really is belting out these porter-houses.‘The Big Umbrella’ in|
4. (US) to knock down, to destroy.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 89: An old master chased around the ring, easy to hit [...] finally belted out.|
|DAUL 26/1: Belt out. 1. To arrest; to convict; to commit to prison. 2. To knock unconscious.et al.|
|World of Jimmy Breslin (1968) 35: Marvin the Torch’s favor job [...] had also belted out most of a million-and-a-half-dollar amusement park.|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 306: If you come on me a THIRD TIME, I promise you this – I’m going to belt you out.|
5. (US) to murder.
|[synd. col.] 11 Mar. These kids from Brooklyn who belted people out casually and were called Murder Inc.|
|Guilty Bystander 242: I belted them both out [...] I found one and then I tracked down the other [HDAS].|
6. see sense 1 above.
(orig. US) to drink heavily.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 281: I get to belting that old black bottle around.‘Lillian’|
|Valley Times (N. Hollywood, CA) 3 Mar. 20/3: Unlike many of his fellow senators who belted the bottle in private and voted for temperance in public.|
|Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 12 Nov. 10E/7: Until he gave up the grape [...] Tommy [Dorsey] belted the bottle as well as he belted his trombone.|
to drink heavily.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 455: Handsome Jack takes to belting the old grape.‘Social Error’|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Belting the Grape; Elbow calishthenics or imbibing joy-water.|
|Valley Times (N. Hollywood, CA) 24 Jan. 36/3: Actors who have no great desire or reputation for belting the grape.|
|Longview News-Jrnl (TX) 3 Dec. 4/4: He blamed it on the bubbly and advised others not to fall into a similar trap by belting the old grape.|
see beat the (living) daylight(s) out of under daylights n.
see sense 1 above.