(Aus.) that portion of a glass of beer that lies beneath the foamy collar n. (1b)
|Mt. Alexander Mail (Vic.) 28 Nov. 2/5: Beer drinkers are asking themselves whether the long sleever or humble ‘arf a pint with ‘more shirt and less collar on it, please Miss!’ are to go up in price now that a number of brewers have made a move.|
|Eve. News (Sydney) 23 Feb. 4/4: Hey, miss, watcher givin’ a man... got a step ladder? What for! Why to climb down into this beer... all collar and no shirt...|
|Cessnock Eagle (NSW) 21 Feb. 4/3: The barmaid served him a beer, but instead of drinking it the abo. ruefully surveyed the two inches of froth that adorned the top of the glass. ‘Why don’t you drink your beer, Jacky - look at the lovely collar it has!’ said the barmaid. ‘Yes, miss, plenty of plurry collar, but very little shirt!’.|
|Argus (Melbourne) 9 Mar. 4/2: Fill ‘em up, me dear, a little more shirt and a little less collar’ - a subtle intimation that he would prefer more beer and less froth, a quip that never failed to raise a laugh.|
|World’s News (Sydney) 8 Sept. 16/1: ‘Mine’s a beer, Madge, and don’t gimme more collar than shirt’.|
SE in slang uses
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 98 Oct. 25: shirt-fly n. A fart-sucker; a brown-noser; a penfold. A ‘yes man’. One who is always up the gaffer’s arse.|
a male homosexual.
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 18: I said to Dad I thought they were really nice. Blinking shirtlifters, he said.diary 13 Jan. in|
|Aus. Lang. (2nd edn) 216: Shirt lifter, a sodomite.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 122: Leo sounds like a flamin’ shirt-lifter to me.|
|Traveller’s Tool 19: Australia is swarming with raving shirt-lifters and pillow-biters.|
|Filth 129: Italian. Pape. These cunts are all shirt-lifters.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] His collection of lawyers and accountants and pyramid salesmen and shirt-lifting priests.|
|Get Your Cock Out 77: Georgey Porgey’s throbbing libido [...] commanding the famous shirtlifter to surreptitiously wank himself off into a policeman’s pocket.|
|Out of Time (ms.) 51: Our readers don’t want to know about the antics of nib-scratching shirt-lifters.|
|online classified advert at www.gumtree.com 16 May [Internet] ALSO I AINT NO SHIRT LIFTER SO ALL YOU BLOKES BUGGER OFF WE AINT INTERESTED, WOMEN ONLY.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] You used to collect them American comics with drawings of muscle men in them. We had you down as a shirt-lifter.‘Lady and the Gimp’ in|
|Guardian 29 July 32/2: It is a mistake to to class words such as ‘bender,’ ‘fag,’ ‘poofter’and ‘shirtlifter’ as euphemisms. In the 1950s and 60s they were usually vicious terms of abuse.|
pertaining to homosexuality.
|Strip Jack 52: MPs can hardly afford not to be married. People start to suspect a shirt-lifting tendancy.|
|Get Your Cock Out 65: Strutt didn’t know exactly what it all meant but it appeared suspiciously shirtlifterish.|
|posting at uk.messages.news.yahoo.com 6 June [Internet] I bet DaveD is an effeminate little shirt lifterish type that rides around on a girls Bike.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 335: Right, well then, we’ll have you in the kitchen, working with Chef, the Cream-Shirt-lifting arse bandito pouts in petty triumph.|
(Aus.) the female breasts.
|Something Fishy (2006) 87: Narrow hips [...] very little in the shirt-potato department.|
|Urban Dict. [Internet] sweater potato The inner fillings of a sweater worn by a beautiful woman. Most commonly referred to as boobs, this version typically refers to those of a more mature woman.|
(US) a body louse, a bedbug.
|Scranton Republican (PA) 15 Dec. 18/3: ‘Shirt rats and bed bugs are the latest alien enemies found in the sleeping quarters.|
|Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 12 May 12/1: ‘I didn’t want to make a flop in the Mission cause I done it wunst [...] an’ got all full uh shirt rabbits’.|
|Our Navy at Work 5: They were covered with what our boys call shirt-squirrels.|
|Stars and Stripes 22 Mar. 8: Yes, the louse! The humble, inoffending shirt-hound, the cootie.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 125: The bunk-car stunk. Oh, boy! And shirt-rabbits in the blankets.|
|Indiana Gaz. (PA) 2 Nov. 35/2: Persons refer to the seam wolves as shirt-rabbits and lining squirrels.|
a woman with large breasts.
|Blue Undercover Episode 8–12 at McStories.com [Internet] Instead of cantaloupes, she now had volleyballs on her chest. Her new size did made her a true shirt-stretcher like her three friends, and the rest of the station started to take notice.|
(US) impoverished, deprived, mean.
|Sound and Fury (1954) 256: My people owned slaves here when you all were running little shirt tail country stores.|
|(con. 1880–1930)Old Jules 198: His shirt-tail patch of pop corn and cabbage.|
|Western Words (1968) 142: Shirttail outfit—A small ranch which employs only one or two men.|
|in DARE questionnaire.|
|Christine 115: She was what we then called shirt-tail southern.|
(Aus./US) a distant relation, a family friend.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. 14/3: They were dirty, also; but that was a secondary consideration. They started fighting, and one turbaned shirt-tail nearly slew another. [...] The Law then stepped in, and Gunga and his compatriots were fired home to Delhi’s coral strand.|
|Ruppenthal Coll. n.p.: Shirt tail relation. . . derisive... distant relatives [DARE].|
|Sheboygan Press (WI) 26 Sept. 18/3: ‘We are invited to a cocktail party which is being given for some sort of shirt-tail relation o’ hers’.|
|AS XVI 24: Shirt-tail kin. A remote relationship.|
|WELS Supplement n.p.: Shirt-tail relative. . . A not-close relative with whom one does not keep touch particularly (though one is conscious of the relation). Sometimes with the implication that these are not the relatives of whom one is proudest.|
|Vedette Messenger (Valparaiso, IN) 26 July 2/7: He thinks it was one of Leffler’s shirt-tail relations from the swamps.|
|Statesman-Jrnl (Salem, OR) 20 July 4/1: Shirt-tail relations, kissing cousins, aunts and uncles [...] all get together at the family reunions.|
|VT Hist. XXVII 156: Shirt tail cousin [...] Distant cousin, not highly esteemed. Occasional.|
|Times Record (Troy, NY) 29 Oct. 8/2: If Filipinos aren’t our kissin’ cousins, at leasr we now have shirt-tail relations with them.|
|in DARE Questionnaire Z7 ‘Nicknames and affectionate words for any other relatives’ n.p.: Shirttail relation—same as buttonhole cousin; [...] Shirt-tail relations—if far removed.|
|Come Monday Morning 30: The Olsen girl was some kinda shirttail relation ’a Cathy’s.|
|in DARE File n.p.: A . . . woman . . . told of a letter that came years ago from an English lawyer about a possible inheritance. . . . She said she didn’t follow it up because . . . she would be spending a lot of money and then having ‘every shirt-tail relation back here’ wanting part of whatever she got.|
|Cryptonomicon 605: So, to these guys, you are a shirttail relative they glimpsed once or twice when they were tiny little boys.|
|‘Surprise on the Farm’ [Internet] A first sexual encounter with shirttail cousins.|
|All Passion Denied 27: ‘Jake Neuberger at the Monroe Press is a shirt-tail relation to your Sigenthaler family. Isn't that right, Detective?’ ‘Yeah, he's a second or third cousin on my mother's side’.|
you look very ill; i.e. you look as if you’ll soon be dead.
|AS XI:3 202: One more clean shirt is all you’ll need.‘Amer. Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
|DSUE (8th edn) 21/2: another clean shirt ought (or ought to) see ya (or you) out. You look as if you might die at any time N.Z. c.p. since ca. 1930.|
(UK prison) a beating administered by warders to a new prisoner on admission.
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 110: A clean shirt was the beating they sometimes gave a prisoner beginning his punishment. They told him to strip and when he had his clothes half-off, they would accuse him of resisting the search, baton him on the kidneys, and on the thighs.|
|(con. 1737) Life of Johnson (1992) 59: On clean-shirt-day he went abroad, and paid visits.|
|‘Poll Tomkinson’ in Convivialist in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 14: And never a kipple could come it like they, / They mix’d it up on a clean shirt day.|
|Modern Flash Dict. 9: Clean shirt day, Sunday.|
|Manchester Times 7 May 2/4: Sabbath is pudding-day and clean-shirt day.|
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 7 Sept. 16/1: Sunday [...] ‘clean shirt day,’ as it is irreverently called.|
(US) to eat heartily.
|DN V 239: Fill one’s shirt [...] To eat heartily. ‘We had a big supper, and maybe I didn’t fill my shirt!’.|
1. to become angry or to make another angry [the disarrangement of one’s clothes that may follow a fit of arm-brandishing fury].
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 91: When one person makes another in an ill humour he is said to have ‘got his shirt out.’.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. [as cit. 1859].|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 142: To get one’s shirt out is to get angry.|
|Ulysses 281: Jesus, I had to laugh at the little jewy getting his shirt out. He drink me my teas. He eat me my sugars. Because he no pay me my moneys?|
|Moleskin Midas 38: What’ve I done to make youse all get your shirts out?|
|Vulgar Tongue 17: To have his shirt out To lose his temper.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 227: When one person makes another in an ill humour he is said to have ‘got his shirt out.’.|
|Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1864].|
2. to cause someone to lose all their money (through gambling) [? precursor of lose one’s shirt ].
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(N.Z.) to hurry up.
|Catching Up 223: I think I’d better get my shirt-tails crackin’: we’re due to have tea and the boss’ll be after me if I show up late.|
see get up someone’s nose under nose n.
1. to lose a good deal of money, usu. through gambling or other speculation.
|[||Writings (1704) 69: He’s sometimes as Gay as a Stallion at Court, / perhaps the next day has lost all but his Shirt].‘A Walk to Islington’ in|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 185: Did you tell ’em we had a pleasant trip, and Lenke lost his shirt in the poker game.‘Harmony’ in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 2: Aunt Dahlia lost her shirt at baccarat.|
|Billy Bennett’s Fourth Souvenir Budget 23: Crowds are coming back from Epsom, / Broke, as from the train they roll. / One man there has lost his shirt, / His girl’s lost her camisole.‘The Lights of London’ in|
|Bullets For The Bridegroom (1953) 26: He knew he would lose his shirt sooner or later if he bucked the house percentage.|
|Gentleman Junkie (1961) 30: Spence did not care if Gogroth lost his shirt [...] it might do the fat bastard some good to taste poverty.‘May We Also Speak’ in|
|Family Arsenal 25: ‘First race in half an hour.’ Hood said, ‘Don’t lose your shirt.’.|
|‘Rock and a Hard Place’ [lyrics] Who are caught in the crossfire with nothing to lose but their shirts.|
|Then God Created Woman 219: Eventually, the station went broke and EV lost his shirt in the deal.|
|A Complete Guide to Technical Trading Tactics 2: My stock broker told me not to trade commodities, that I would lose my shirt.|
2. (Aus.) to lose one’s temper.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 May 4/8: I ain’t a bloke to easy lose mt shirt / [...] / But when a pea appropriates your skirt, / I ask yer, square-an’-all, now— Wot’s the use?|
3. (US campus) to laugh uncontrollably.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
(gambling) to bet heavily.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 17/2: Farnan having made his appearance in Sydney, Larry Foley has made a hard attempt to get on a match for some money, but Farnan’s friends are apparently hanging back to ‘put it all on’ when he meets John L. in America.|
|Sporting Times 22 Mar. 1/1: I know a brave mare whose a flyer, / Hark! all ye who money require; / Quick, put on your shirt, / On this absolute cert / And plump for the gallant Sweetbriar. [Ibid.] 1/2: You’ll feel very funny, / If you haven’t your money / And shirt upon Evergreen .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Nov. 16: Punter: ‘Bai Jove! I intend putting my shirt on your mount sonny.’.|
|Sporting Times 26 May 1/4: ’Twas a snip that you might put your shirt on, but nobody wears ’em now.‘The Babel Stakes’|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 22 Oct. 4/7: Go and put your only shirt on / Something in the Cup.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 14/3: A bush pig is perhaps the quickest animal afoot for a sudden dash, and you could put your socks on him against the winner of the next Melbourne Cup.|
|Harrovians 101: I pray thee lend Prety Polly the speed of a whirwind that she may win in a canter, for, O Lord, I have put my shirt on her.|
|Bulldog Drummond 62: Never bet except on a certainty [...] and then put your shirt on!|
|Here’s Luck [Internet] When Mustard Plaster won the Carrington Stakes, in 1902, and I had my metaphorical shirt on Onkus, a retired cart-horse that couldn’t beat a carpet.|
|Sporting Times 82: We’ve all got our shirts on Persimmon, sir!|
|Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast 57: I put my shirt on a bitch at the White City [...] name of Shamrock Polly.|
|Und. Nights 97: Rex kidded Silver along with some sound greyhound tips, followed by a string of losers on which he was told to put his shirt.|
to lose one’s temper.
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 262: Don’t take your shirt off, Patsey [...] I know the roan’s as good as ever was foaled.|
a euph. but derisive excl. of abuse, rejection.
|Wit and Drollery 200: Shall I toile gratis in their durt? / First they shall do as doth my shurt [sic].‘A Song’|
|‘Ballad of Old Proverbs’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 113: But if she prove her self a Flurt, Then she may do as does my shirt.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 123: Hold on to your shirt, Costa. The ribs are workin’.|
calm down! don’t lose (emotional) control!
|Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) 447/3: I say, you durned ash cats, just keep yer shirts on, will ye? [DA].in|
|Leamington Spa Courier 21 Nov. 7/3: ‘It was not very pleasant to have to shout to such an orderly lot’ [...] (A voice: ‘Keep your shirt in’ [sic]).|
|Manchester Courier 24 May 10/4: Keep your shirt on, Captain.|
|Sheffield Eve. Teleg. (Yorks.) 25 Jan. 4/1: She put the telephone to her ear, and was startled by hearing the remark [...] ‘Well, you might as well keep your shirt on’.|
|Sheffield Wkly Teleg. 6 June 4/2: ‘Keep your shirt on, sonny,’ said the sallow man.|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 281: My Dear Col. Griffith: Keep your shirt on.letter in|
|Smoke Bellew (1926) 192: ‘Hold on,’ Harding roared. ‘Keep your shirts on. That man belongs to me.’.|
|Kid Scanlon 86: ‘Keep your shirt on!’ growls the Kid.|
|Walls Of Jericho 282: Keep your jumper on – I’m the next guy.|
|Pulp Fiction (2006) 36: Keep your shirt on, keep your shirt on.‘Honest Money’ in Penzler|
|Parm Me 140: ‘Jennie, I will have to ask you to curb your impatience and to keep your shirt on,’ said president Fine.|
|Big Smoke 38: Keep your shirt on, Jack. I’m not bloody deaf, though I might be dumb.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 181: She’s jake, mate. Keep yer shirt on.|
|Family Arsenal 65: Keep your shirt on sister.|
|(con. 1930s–50s) Janey Mack, Me Shirt is Black 59: ‘Keep yer shirt on, I’m coming,’ me mother would cry out.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 65/2: keep your shirt on advice not to lose your temper or be so impatient, from habit of removing shirt before fighting, eg ‘Okay, keep your shirt on, I didn’t mean it.’.|
|Ship Inspector 79: It’s only a record [...] Keep your shirt on.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|