Green’s Dictionary of Slang

behind n.

1. the buttocks, the posterior.

[UK]U. Fulwell Like Will to Like 6: Dost thou not remember, since thou didst bruise me behind?
[UK]‘Mr. S’ Gammer Gurton’s Needle in Whitworth (1997) II iv: I would thou hadst kiss’d me I wot where! (she meant I know behind).
[UK]Rowlands Well met Gossip B2: All his haires haue got the falling sicknesse, Whose fore-front lookes like Iack-an Apes behinde.
[UK]Rowley, Dekker & Ford Witch of Edmonton IV i: Run to the Cow, and taking up her tail, kiss (saving your Worship’s Reverence) my Cow behinde.
[UK] ‘The Fart’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 185: How the Nymphs in the days of Yore, / Who were cleanly inclin’d, / Us’d a Cork for behind, / And a Spung for the Cranny before.
Lounger 54 17: Two young Ladies [...] with new Hats on their heads, new Bosoms, and new behinds in a band-box [F&H].
George IV in Sat. Rev. (London) 8 Feb. n.p.: Go and do my bidding – tell him he lies, and kick his behind in my name [F&H].
[UK]Thackeray Yellowplush Papers in Works III (1898) 242: I felt somethink (I think it was the tip of his toe) touching me behind.
[UK]C. Reade It Is Never Too Late to Mend III 150: Give them a kick a-piece on their behinds.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 693: I wonder was he satisfied with the one thing I didn’t like his slapping me behind going away so familiarly in the hall.
[UK]A. Huxley Brave New World (1955) 44: He patted me on the behind this afternoon.
Z. Hurston Tell My Horse (1995) 319: So Frog don’t learn how to make him behind stick out like other animals.
[UK]A. Christie Body in the Library (1959) 19: Wants his behind kicked!
[US](con. 1910s) S. Longstreet Pedlocks (1971) 234: Shoot me! Can I help it if I love an upholstered behind?
[UK](con. c.1920) D. Holman-Hunt My Grandmothers and I (1987) 107: ‘Off to act in the the-ayter on the Sabbath?’ chaffed the conductor, slapping my behind.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 125: My eyes followed a fast-moving behind going up the stoop across the street.
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 173: Baboons are funny [...] Look at their red behinds, Daddy.
[UK]R. Dahl Revolting Rhymes n.p.: And now she plonks her fat behind / Upon this dainty precious chair.
[US] Village Voice (N.Y.) 29 Oct. n.p.: Now you will either get your behind over or you will get your behind out.
[UK] (con. 1950s) D. Farson Never a Normal Man 135: I’ll have you know that my behind has been much admired and much sought after.
[US]N. Green Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) H87: He got a couple of big bruises on his thighs, and another on his behind.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 28: Miquita doesn’t want you to come in. You keep pinching her behind.

2. used anthropomorphically, the back of an object, e.g. a car, a bus.

[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 76: A Black Buick sedan with no back window and a few bullets in its behind.

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not know where one’s behind hangs (v.)

to be arrogant or to show complete indecision or bewilderment.

[UK]G.F. Northall Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 14: He doesn’t know where his behind hangs. Said of an insufferably proud man.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1387: [...] since early C.20.
warm someone’s behind (v.)

(US black) to hit or slap someone on the buttocks.

[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 113: If that had been my kid [...] I would have warmed his behind for doing that.