Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hip n.3

[one lies on one’s hip when partaking of opium]

[1950s] (drugs) a narcotics user.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hip-chick (n.)

[1950s] (US) a prostitute who works in hotels.

hip-hitter (n.) [the physical movements of anal intercourse]

[1970s] (gay) a male homosexual .

hip inside/outside (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) inside and outside coat pockets.

hip layer (n.)

[1930s–50s] (US drugs) an opium smoker.

hip peddler (n.)

[1900s–40s] (US) a prostitute.

hip-nipper (n.)

[1970s] (Aus.) in pl., girls’ bikini panties.

hip-tosser (n.)

[1950s] a male homosexual.

In phrases

get one’s hips up (on one’s shoulders) (v.) (also get one’s hips in a sling)

[1920s–40s] (US black) to get upset, annoyed or hurt.

have hip disease (n.)

[1920s+] (Aus.) to carry a hip-flask.

have someone on the hip (v.)

to place at a disadvantage.

have something on the hip (n.) (also have something on one’s hip)

[1900s–30s] carrying alcohol in a hip-flask; usu. in interrog. got anything on your hip?; thus as adj., drunk.

it’s your little hip pocket [? the position of the hip pocket over the buttock; thus one is about to receive a kick in the pants under kick n.5 ]

[1950s+] (US black) you’re in great trouble.

lay it on someone’s hip (v.) [the pre-mobile phone pager was often clipped to the belt at hip level]

[2000s] (US black) to call someone on their pager.

lie on the hip (v.) (also hit it on the hip, take it..., lie on one’s ear)

[1900s–60s] (drugs) using narcotics, whether opium, heroin or, latterly, crack cocaine [opium smokers rested on one hip as they smoked].

on the hip [wrestling imagery, and used as such in the sport: the victim’s hip would be on the ground when knocked down; however, note Nares, Glossary (1822): ‘This phrase seems to have originated from hunting, because, when the animal was seized upon the hip, it is finally disabled from flight’; Dr. Johnson (in Notes on Shakespeare, 1765) suggests a link to the cross-buttock throw in wrestling but opted for the hunting link in later editions of his Dictionary]

[mid-15C+] in a position of control, near absolute superiority .

put a dent in one’s hip (v.) [one’s wallet is carried on one’s hip]

[1970s+] (US black) to cost an appreciable amount of cash.