1. (also acey, acey-deucey) best, excellent, wonderful.
|New York Day by Day 6 Nov. [synd. col.] The toughest audiences in flush vaudeville days were not at the ace houses.|
|Phenomena in Crime 13: ‘Ace’ crooks and petty thieves.|
|USA Confidential 168: The town’s ace madame attends every council meeting.|
|Hiparama of the Classics 15: Hip to the cool sweet groove of Liberty and solid sent upon the Ace Lick that all Cats and Kitties, Red, White, or Blue! are created Level, in front.|
|Jackie 6 June n.p.: I met a real acey chick [KH].|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 227: Hey! That’s straight ace!|
|Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL) 7 Apr. 4/1: Prison Slang [...] Acey-deucey: OK.|
|Traveller’s Tool 25: As a shag she might score zero, but she’s ace at washing, ironing, and keeping a man’s tucker warm.|
|Awaydays 154: Telling me how she’d planned our first shag and how ace it was going to be.|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] She’s [i.e. a boat] ace, Mr Fil [...] Runnin smooth.|
|Soho 93: That ace wankah Ellis Hugo Bell was here.|
|Stump 6: Think about how ace the day will be; one of them clear and crisp spring days.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 84: ‘Oh wow, that’d be ace,’ I say, like a sixteen-year-old cheerleader.|
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 83: I wonder if Mr Lemuel H. Caution, the ace ‘G’ man, is going to do a forlorn woman a good turn ace, in cards.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 190: I’ll show you the door in short order if you flunked in English, you little ace composition writer.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 19: His two ace detectives with their identical big hard-shooting, head-whipping pistols.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 160: He was an ace musician.|
|Fixx 298: An ace intelligence maverick on the loose.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 9 Jan. 2: Shot by ace cinematographer Darius Khondji.|
|Sucked In 39: You’d think Melbourne’s ace crime reporter would have more newsowrthy leads to pursue.|
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(US campus) one’s best friend.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 101: You’re my ace-buddy, ain’tcha?‘Buy Me that Blade’ in|
|Book of Negro Folklore 559: He’s my ace-boy, / Gone away.|
|Lover Man 11: Mutton head didn’t never play the dozens with nobody, not even me, his ace-cut.‘The Checker Board’ in|
|A Chosen Few (1966) 47: This is my ace boy, Blood.|
|(con. 1958) Been Down So Long (1972) 61: Who [...] was [...] Hop Harrigan’s ace buddy?|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: ace buddy – close friend.|
(US) excellent, first-rate.
|AS XVI:3 Oct. 189: Ace-flat copper. A decent, fair-minded, considerate policeman.‘Peanuts! The Pickle Dealers’ in|
(US black) a very close friend.
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 2 June 6A/3: Ace kool — Best friend.|
|Drive-by 298: Because of his closeness to the late FlashMan, FlashMan having been his ‘ace kool’ or mentor, Little Flash now truly was under [...] suspicion.|
|Atlanta Parent ‘A Street Gang Primer’ [Internet] Ace Kool — best friend.|
|hartleyscreek.com 25 May [Internet] Yesterday, Three of the Crips in Ft. Worth got arrested by the K-9’s being the KLUCKAS that they are. This ain’t no C World G. One banger had 130g’s and you can bet he was no one’s ACE KOOL. He ‘cracked’ with the fear of b-in shackled in the Fed. academy. He spilled his info. at first chance.|
|Ashley Jordan’s Secret 42: We ain’t ace kool, you know. [...] I was getting ready to kick you to the curb.|
(US black, mainly Southern/Midwest) one’s most important lover, the most important member of the opposite sex one knows, e.g. a husband, a pimp, a boyfriend.
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com [Internet] Ace-lover: n. One’s superlative companion of the opposite gender, usually implying some degree of sexual prowess; ‘Girl, you’d never think it by checkin’ him out, but Marvin be my ace-lover. The good lord blessed him with man muscle in the double digits and the ’bility to hit it all through the dims and brights!!’.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
(US teen) the leader of a teen street gang.
|Teen-Age Gangs 3: He had already heard that Riff, one of the Ace-men, and a few other boys intended to hijack a bundle of the Daily News and hawk them in the subway.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 247: You was our first ace-man.|
(US black) very best.
|‘The Letter’ in Life (1976) 141: If you see another bone from this here gal, / St. Peter will call Satan his ace-one pal.et al.|
(N.Z./US gay/prison) a very effeminate (prison) homosexual.
|Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet] ace queen: [70’s prison] one that appears as womanly as possible with shaven legs plucked eyebrows.|