1. the head (cf. upper storey under upper adj.).
|[||Apothgm No. 17: My Lord St. Albans said that wise Nature did never put her precious jewels into a garret four stories high, and therefore that exceeding tall men had ever very empty heads].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Garret, or Upper Story. The Head. His Garret, or Upper Story, is empty, or unfurnished; i.e. he has no Brains, he is a fool.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Lafitte 10: You know when John Bull gets plenty of corn in his garret, he is apt to be a little proud and dictatorial.|
|Ingoldsby Legends (1840) 335: While what’s called ‘The Claret’ / Flew over the garret.‘The Bagman’s Dog’ in|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Trail of the Serpent 60: ‘Will you have the kindness to explain what you mean by the prisoner having “a loose slate?”’ ‘A tile off. Something wrong about the roof – the garret – the upper story – the nut.’.|
|‘The Captain of the Push’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 187: Would you break a swell or Chinkie—split his garret with a stone?|
|Out for the Coin 79: Isn’t it wonderful how he can make people believe that there isn’t any furniture broken in his garret.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 July 4/7: His hat a billy lid, and on his frayed-out boots pieces of tin to keep the ants from getting to his garret.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 190: As mun sewerly be a bit wrang in t’ garrets!|
|Dict. Amer. Sl.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
2. (UK Und.) the fob pocket.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Gale Middleton 1 149: The seedy had never a thimble in his garret, and never a sneezer in his sack.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
3. the mouth.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 39/2: Garret (Street, 19 cent.). Mouth — probably suggested by the mouth being high up in relation to all the body.|
4. a woman’s handbag.
|DSUE (8th edn) 447/1: late C.19–20.|
|‘A Modern Mill’ in Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. (1827) 220: Beat almost out of time, quite abroad in the garret, / His power exhausted.|
(N.Z.) to act eccentrically.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
to be quiet, to stop talking.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|