1. female pubic hair [note Ital. peluccio, peluzzo, a little hair, soft down, fine hair].
|‘Affairs in Greece’ in Boudoir II 54: John grew quite bold, he'd had some lush, / And began to finger cookey's plush.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. (orig. RN) profit, money .
|[||Naval Sketchbk I 27: ‘I’ll bet you,’ says he, ‘aye, six months’ pay to your plush’ ‡ [note] ‡ On board a man-of-war, the cooks of the messes have a perquisite of the overplus grog that may remain in the ‘kid’ or can, after the cup has gone round].|
|[||Navy at Home II 201: The captain of the forecastle [...] whom he had propitiated with a full horn of plush, (surplus)].|
|London Standard 27 Jan. 6/3: A kind of middle-men, who contract with the masters for a given amount of work, which they get done as cheaply as possible, and pocket the ‘plush’.|
|Ade’s Fables 14: Money will creep out of the Yarn Stockings and a few Wise Gazabes will cop all the Plush.‘The New Fable of the Private Agitator’ in|
SE in slang uses
|‘The Bum on the Rods and the Bum on the Plush’, in Hobo 202: The bum on the plush is a social leech.|
|Main Stem 12: We should stick together, fellow workers [...] and get rid of the bums on the plush (the idle rich).|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 120: The bum on the rods is a social flea / Who gets an occasional bite, / The bum on the plush is a social leech, / Blood-sucking day and night.‘The Two Bums’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 37: bum on the plush A member of the idle rich.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 811: on the plush – Any state of comfort, wealth or ease.|
to live in luxury.
|[||Framlingham Wkly News 30 Mar. 2/6: I don’t like to sit buried in plush in the waiting parlour].|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 13: He was not exactly sitting in the plush on Easy Street.Young Lonigan in|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 71: I never set on plush in my life.|