1. skin or its products, whether human or otherwise.
(a) the human skin, thus one’s life; esp. in phrs. like save one’s hide etc.
|Greene’s Ghost Haunting Coniecatchers E4: Such iollie shauers, that are deepe slashers of others mens hides, haue I knowne (more is the pitie) to sit vp all night, some at Cardes and Dice, some quaffing and swilling at the Tauerne, and others among their trulles.|
|Epigrams II No. 39: So widdow Lesbia, with her painted hide, / Seem’d, for the time to make a handsome bride.|
|Platonic Lovers V i: You shall hear all within, perhaps find cause To swaddle my old hide.|
|Gossips Braule 6: Did not I bring you clouts ye Whore, lend ye money to pay for the washing of your lowsy Smock, and bring you a Posset with a pox to ye, and Bread for your Whores hide.|
|‘The Rump Carbonado’d’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) II 84: ’Tis pity that Hewson the Lord should have died / For piercing his Brother, the Cobler’s Hide.|
|‘The Wooing Rogue’ in Westminster Drolleries (1875) 17: We then shall want both Shirts and Smocks, To shift each others mangy hide, That is with Itch so pockifi’d.|
|Fumblers-Hall 15: The Taylors man in Black-Fryers had taken measure of your hide for a young bantling.|
|Don Sebastian 82: I long to be handselling his hide, before we bring him to my Master.|
|Plautus’s Amphitryon I i: If you once provoke me, I’ll make all your Bones rattle i’ your Hide.(trans.)|
|‘Sylvia in Bathing’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 159: Would I were a Vermin, [...] Tho’ show’d as they do a damn’d tawny Hide.|
|Tristram Shandy (1949) 479: And if I do, replied the other – they shall make a drum of my hide.|
|Homer Travestie (1764) II 95: Had he the fate of battle try’d / Hector had surely trimm’d his hide.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 288: O warriors! cries this head of cod, / I’ll smoke great hector’s hide by G-d.|
|Works (1794) I 91: God [...] pull’d his hide off, as you’d pull your shirt!‘Lyric Odes’|
|‘Patrick’s Day in the Morning’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 3: But we their hides did bravely leather.|
|Sporting Mag. Apr. XX 62/1: You’ll be tried, / And will scarcely hop off without holes in your hide.|
|All at Coventry I ii: I’ll mill you rogue – your hide I’ll flog.|
|Pierce Egan’s Wkly Courier 22 Mar. 4/1: Dobell measured himelf up, in order to welt [?] the hide of Reddy.|
|Down-Easters I 104: Let ’em lump it if they don’t like it, an’ squirm their hides off.|
|Andrew Jackson 42: [He] had mossy‘d to save his hide.|
|Nick of the Woods II i: Tell me whar the Injuns are concealed, or I’ll have your cowardly hide flogged off of you!|
|Autobiog. of a Female Slave 169: Now take your dirty black hide away, or it will be the worse for you.|
|Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 295: The wind sumhow gethered atwixt the hary side ove dad’s hide.|
|Slaver’s Adventures 99: A few of your countrymen took it into their heads that our hides wanted ventilating.|
|Tag, Rag & Co. 119: Dang his hide.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 79: I will fill his hide full of lead.|
|‘The Welsher’s Confession’ in(1999) 144: If you want to be a spieler [...] you must have a hide that would kill a rhinoceros, and brass that would build a monument to the memory of your cheek.|
|Chimmie Fadden 11: He took me in de harness-room, and he just everlasting lambasted de hide off me.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 13: ‘[D]on’t let anybody tell you it’s soft cuttin’ out the grog after you’ve had your hide half full for a couple o’ weeks’.|
|Salt-Water Ballads 22: If ye wish to save yer sickly hides, ye’d best contrive a raft.‘One of the Bosun’s Yarns’|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 18 Feb. 4/8: ’E went off pop on her like ’ell. Told ’er if she didn’t ante up some brass, ’e’d take it out of ’er ’ide.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 8 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That the threat of the old man to ‘belt his hide off’ had something to do with it. That on receiving the ‘polite intimatioin’ the P.O. dandy vanished.|
|Gem 7 Oct. 14: I guess I’ve took some of the shine out of their black hides this time.|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 64: If that gink gets me in that car again you may use my hide for a door mat, with welcome on it.|
|Green Ice (1988) 27: ‘Damned if it isn’t Mal!’ he greeted. ‘Pull your hide inside.’.|
|Three Negro Plays (1969) Act I: Boy, I’m gonna fan your hide if you don’t hush!Mulatto in|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 292: I commenced yanking my shirt off again, being a big hand for sunshine. I felt it burning my hide.|
|(con. 1943–5) To Hell and Back (1950) 59: Now it is up to them to save their hides.|
|Corner Boy 200: Your loyalty [...] just prevents you from saving your own hide.|
|Return of the Hood 9: The brothers Stipetto would be only too happy to help the fuzz nail my hide.|
|Go-Boy! 86: One wrong move while you are in his gentleman’s care and it’s going to be your hide.|
|Skin Tight 242: It seems like everybody wants a piece of my hide.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms. 41: I was sailin all over the Pacific savin your coon hide.|
(b) a person.
|Fact’ry ’Ands 180: ’Tain’t ther liquor wot’s snide, it’s ther dead hookity hides what it gets chuted into.|
|Three Soldiers 163: Move ye ole hide away, Andy.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 173: The old hide caved-in; was glad to let all the money go and give me the gig.|
(c) (US) a horse.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 598: While it is a cheap race, there are some pretty fair hides in it.‘That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie’s’|
|Big Con 59: We’ll give him the hides.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 120: Then he names some of the hides he’s bet fifty cents on to show.|
(d) (jazz) drums.
|Pic (N.Y.) Mar. 7: hide busting. — going to town on the drums. Godfrey Hirsch, ‘My Man Godfrey,’ beats it up on the traps.|
|Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing n.p.: hide: drums.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
(e) (US) a wallet.
|AS IX:1 26: hide. A pocketbook.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 95/1: Hide. 1. A wallet or a cro’s purse.et al.|
|‘Sporting Life’ in Life (1976) 162: There’s the cool old shot at the busy bus stop / Scanning on a hide.et al.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 18: I gave them a flash of apparent long green stuff inside the bulgy hide.|
2. by metonymy, as a woman or her body.
(a) the female genitals; thus sexual intercourse.
|testimony in a rape case People v. George Holberton et al. in Jnl of Early Republic XV:4 613: I suppose they are going to give us ten years for getting our hide.|
|Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 13 May n.p.: Is that good looking young woman [...] for sale? Does anybody get any ‘hide’ in that quarter?|
(b) (US) a woman, usu. considered as a sex object.
|Sl. of Venery I.|
|DAUL 95/1: Hide. [...] 2. Loose women; prostitutes.et al.|
|Entrapment (2009) 150: I don’t need a tennis-bat to swing a smalltown hide like you [...] the flat of my shoe will do.‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in|
|in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970).|
|Texas Crude 70: Some ol’ hide over at the Skid Row lounge fell in love with me for a while last night.|
(c) (US) an old crone, a hag, an ugly old woman.
|Texas Crude 114: Carl [...] went down to Mexico, got sloppy drunk and woke up married to some ol’ hide, not a tooth in her head.|
(d) (US) an effeminate male homosexual.
|DAUL 95/1: Hide. [...] passive pederasts.et al.|
3. (usu. Aus./N.Z.) in fig. use, impudence, effrontery, cheek.
|‘Jones’s Alley’ in Roderick (1972) 39: She’s got the hide to come up to my stand and sell in front of me.|
|Tommy Cornstalk 94: Now, I’ll jes’ tell yew boys what one of those something French’s Scouts had the darned hide to do, or rather to try to do, during the day. I reckon he had a pretty con-siderable section of real, slap-up cheek, too.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Sept. 10/1: Leery Liz: ’E’s a shameless cyow, that Judkins! Why, ’e even ’ad the ’ide to stare at me an’ ’Arry when all the pleecemens wuz turnin’ their ’eads away.|
|diary 20 Apr. [Internet] Had a vaccination inspection. The MO had the colossal hide to tell me I had to be done again.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 16: ’E ’as some bloody ’ide, pinchin’ the commandin’ officer’s bucket.|
|Foveaux 249: That beastly old blister had the hide to button-hole him in the street.|
|We Were the Rats 50: ‘Lift up ya dress,’ he says, ‘so’s I can see ya legs.’ The hide of ’im!|
|Summer Glare 104: Well, [...] I never! The hide of you . . . asking to marry my daughter!|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 41: He poured hot water out of the tap into last night’s tea billy and had the hide to call it a brew.|
|Wort Papers 37: I don’t care, my God you’ve got a hide.|
|That Eye, The Sky 971: She’s got a bloody hide sending you over here. She’s got hide, full-stop.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 56/1: hide insensitive nature or impudent manner, in phrs ‘you have a thick hide’ or ‘you’ve got a hide’.|
|Davo’s Little Something 8: You’ve got a hide to bag me for bringing a bit of decent tucker to work.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 222: One of the group muttered, ‘Bastards have got a hide.’.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 30: And I’ve got the hide to bag Warren about him losing his memory.|
|Old Scores [ebook] ‘Fucken hide on him. Shekel grubbing — ’.|
(US) a drummer.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 6 Aug. 11/1: The ace hide-beater of the Universe, Chick Webb.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 Feb. 7/1: I did a memory lane tip about the many hide pushers of color who are laying the same jive for java and no sugary dough.|
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) hide-beater (n.): a drummer.|
see hate someone’s guts under gut n.
see let the tail go with the hide under tail n.
to thrash, to flog.
|Daily Chronicle 11 Apr. 9/2: He thought the only way to make them decent members of society was ‘to loosen their hides’ .|
(Aus.) a phr. used of one who is very cheeky.
|Sydney Morn. Herald 14 July 9/5: ‘They have the hide of jessie,’ said one alderman, evedently referring to the Zoo elephant.|
|[||Jimmy Brockett 130: ‘You’ve got more cheek than Jessie the elephant!’ I said].|
|(con. WWII) Long White Night 81: ‘You’ve got more arse than Jessie,’ I told him.|
|GAW4].Shearers 143: ‘The bastard’s got more hide than Jessie,’ he said [|
|Sun-Herald (Sydney) 24 Jan. 150: So Bill McMahon gets the old age pension ... It tells you all you need to know about Australia, about the kind of man we put ourselves up to run it, about noblesse oblige Australian style, about the hide of Jessie [GAW4].|
|Great Dict. of Aus. Sl. [Internet] Jessie – as in ‘more hide than Jessie the elephant’ extremely thick skinned.|
to beat someone severely, to spank someone severely.
|Robin Hood and the Tanner inEng. and Scot. Popular Ballads 307: If he be so stout, we will have a bout, / And he shall tan my hide too.|
|Devil to Pay II i: Work, come and spin, you Drab, or I’ll tan your Hide for you.|
|Boxiana I 477: Who could not bear his hide well tann’d, / Was quite unfit for that seat.‘Chaunt’ in Egan|
|Brother Jonathan II 51: What’ll I do! – tan your hide for you.|
|Clockmaker I 221: I’ll tan your hide for you, you may depend.|
|Ingoldsby Legends (1840) 257: It will not do to lie under any Saint’s ban, / For your hide, when you do, they all manage to tan.‘The Lay of St. Odile’|
|‘Stinking Breath’ in Ticklish Minstrel 46: D--n that fishmonger, [...] If I find out his name, I will well tan his hide.|
|‘The Kind-Hearted Man’ Dublin Comic Songster 78: Bring him into the hall, John, says I, / And his hide with a cane did tan!|
|‘Leary Man’ Vulgar Tongue (1857) 42: And if your donkey will not go, / To lick him you must not be slow, / But well his hide must tan.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 234: ‘I’ll tan your hide,’ i.e., give you a good beating.|
|‘Hurrah for Grant!’ Grant Songster 3: Now we mean to have a new man [...] And choose for pilot, Grant the tanner, / Who can tan traitor’s hide.|
|Hoosier School-Master (1892) 146: But he’ll git in, though, and tan your hide fer you, you see ef he don’t.|
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 30: To tan the hide = To chastise.|
|DN III:ii 160: tan one’s hide [...] v. phr. To punish one.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Cappy Ricks 27: How did you tan his pelt?|
|Lonesome Cowboy 18: He’d have been right glad / To tan their hides with a hickory gad.‘Great Grandad’|
|Loving (1978) 55: If you so much as breathes a word of what ’as just passed I’ll tan the ’ide clean off your back.|
|(con. 1910s) Heed the Thunder (1994) 34: If they [i.e. children] got out of line, you tanned their hides with a bit of harness.|
|Frying-Pan 28: My dad won’t ever listen to me [...] All he ever does is tan the hide off me.|