1. (also boiled as an owl) drunk; thus ext. as boiled to...
|Yale Lit. Mag. XLII 263: There is a balm for a headache caused by last night’s debauch to have it said you were ‘slightly cheered’ or ‘slewed’ or ‘boiled’ .|
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 180: One would have to be pretty industrious, however, to get ‘biled’ [sic] on this native wine.letter 19 Dec. in Byrkit|
|Truth (Sydney) 10 Feb. 5/7: Do you thing [sic] I am such a dod-gasted fool as to waste my time [watching] a lot of boiled owls attempting to bat?|
|Ten ‘Lost’ Plays (1995) 192: You know what I mean – he’s soused, pickled, stewed, boiled.The Movie Man in|
|(con. 1917–18) War Bugs 71: He got boiled as an owl.|
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 192: ‘’Atta girl,’ he would approve. ‘Let’s see you get boiled, baby.’.‘Big Blonde’ in|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 26: If he wants to get boiled, he’ll go clear up to Muskogee.|
|Popular Detective Jan. 🌐 The citizen with her was boiled to the scalp.‘Bird Cagey’ in|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night Act III: Lately Vi’s gone on drunks and been too boiled to play.|
|Beat Generation 12: Some of them are knocked into the middle of next week because their old man is boiled.|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 380: Both of these Yankee bastards’re boiled, and we don’t allow strong drinks in here. [Ibid.] 420: Samuels was just about half boiled already.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 327: They were talking and laughing, with their heads thrown back, blissfully boiled.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Cutty, One Rock (2005) 84: She was stiff, Boiled as an owl.|
2. angry, furious.
|Carry on, Jeeves 216: The policeman was regarding me in a boiled way.|
|Rock 25: Gimpy just looks at him [...] ‘He’s boiled,’ Lubo says.|
|(con. 1940s) Big Kiss-off (1975) 116: I got a little boiled about that.|
(Aus.) red, from drunkenness.
|Dimboola (2000) 88: I’ll smash your boiled-bum face in.|
SE in slang uses
(US) an Irishman.
|‘The Lang. of Crooks’ in Wash. Post 20 June 4/1: [paraphrasing J. Sullivan] The Irish race [has] numerous cognomens, as a boiled dinner, harp or a mick, also a terrier.|
|Spokane Press (WA) 22 Sept. 7/3: An Irishman is referred to as a ‘boiled dinner’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(Aus./N.Z.) snobbery, stand-offishness, ‘side’; also attrib.
|Otago Witness (NZ) 11 Feb. 20: he was not smart enough for the lurements of the Arrow dredging boom, and became ‘interested’ in some ‘boiled dog’ venture.|
|Marlborough Express (NZ) 4 Apr. 5: These deluded people think that ‘boiled dog’ is essential to breeding.|
|Truth (Wellington) 21 May 4: If they can’t afford servants [...] they should put on less ‘boiled dog’.|
|Truth (Wellington) 26 Jan. 6: And so he did stalk in awful majesty last Saturday evening. It was a triumph of boiled dog.|
|Aus. Lang. 119: Terms like frill, boiled dog, jam and guiver, connoting ‘side’ or affectation.|
|AS XL:2 93: boiled dog. Extreme social pretentiousness.‘Canine Terms Applied to Human Beings’ in|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 28: boiled dog Affectation, eg, ‘Don’t come the boiled dog with me, mate. I know you grew up in a railway house in Papakura.’ From about 1910.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 8 Nov. 3/4: The undertaking by the ‘boiled lobster’ to take his daughter.|
|Wild Boys of London I 124/1: ‘One of the biled’ll come and shove him out.’ ‘One of the biled?’ exclaimed Lucy. ‘Yes. A sojer,’ returned Sam.|
|Celia’s Arbour (1887) 284: Jack the Sailor, Joe the Marine, and the Boiled Lobster.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(Aus./US) a starched dress shirt.
|Artemus Ward, His Book 30: The Shakers axed me to go to their meetin, as they was to hav sarvices that mornin, so I put on a clean biled rag and went.|
|Dundee Courier 28 Oct. 3/2: On his first candidature for office in Oregon territory, certain of the baser sort voted agin’ him [...] in respect of his wearing a white shirt, or, as they [...] styled it, a ‘boiled rag’.|
|Public Ledger (Memphis, TN) 23 Apr. 1/2: About ten o’clock Sunday morning [...] an infuriated man in every household [...] would be yelping for a clean boiled rag .|
|Dly Bulletin (Honolulu) 28 Aug. 2/3: The shirt (‘a boiled rag’) was being got up [...] when she and her husband were going somewhere.|
|Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 4: Flesh-bag - A shirt. American, biled rag.|
|Fort Worth Wkly Gaz. (TX) 26 June 7/4: Nothing has more style about it than what the horrid men call a ‘boiled rag’.|
|N.Y. Tribune 6 May 4/4: [from the London Leader] If you do not hapen to possess a clean ‘bi’led rag’ [...] then an overcoat buttoned up to the neck round which you fold a handerkerchief is quite in the fashion.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 23: BOILED RAG [...] see boiled shirt.|
|Wash. Standard (WA) 4 Oct. 1/5: Federal officals in court dress were an unknown quantity, a ‘boiled rag’ [...] was seldom seen.|
|My Lady of the Chimney Corner 170: As a flunkey I had my first dose of boiled linen and I liked it.|
1. a starched dress shirt.
|Diary of a Forty-Niner (1906) 104: He had shaved his beard [...] and was dressed up in a ‘biled shirt’.|
|Artemus Ward, His Book 224: Accordingly I put on a clean Biled Shirt and started for Washinton.|
|Three Thousand Miles through the Rocky Mountains 412: In order to attend the Governor’s reception, I borrowed a boiled shirt, and plunged in with a Byron collar, and polished boots.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 229: Men wearing polished boots and boiled shirts were too exclusive to play in company with the ‘great unwashed’.|
|Daily Trib. (Bismarck, ND) 5 Sept. 11/6: Going to slide into a boiled shirt, grease my boots, and light out for Washington.|
|N.Y. World 13 May n.p.: Is it possible that the Chicagoans never heard of white shirts before this spring? May-be the street-railway presidents never saw a starched shirt (I must deplore the use of the word ‘biled’ as applied to shirts) until this year [F&H].|
|New Ulm Rev. (MN) 22 Nov. 4/5: He [...] found it to be a white shirt with a highly glossed front. ‘A boiled shirt!’ he exclaimed.|
|in Overland Monthly (CA) July 58: A good clean shirt an’ a good clean shave — / An’ a white biled shirt.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 23: BOILED SHIRT: a white cotton or linen shirt: no doubt originated in the common wear of flannel, crimean or other woolen shirts which will not stand washing. Sundays and holidays a change to a boiled shirt was fashionable.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 29: Castleton wore a red shirt [...] and wouldnt’ have worn a biled shirt if he’d had one.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 May 2nd sect. 10/5: One wonders In gazing at the mournful spectacle whether it is the skates that pain him, or his boiled shirt.|
|‘Lord Ballyrot in Slangland’ in Tacoma Times (WA) 10 July 4/4: Every guy what gets into the blow-out has to doll up in a hard-boiled chest-protector.|
|Naval Occasions 54: ‘Oh, my aunt!’ gasped an ex-International [...] ‘My last boiled shirt and it’s got to last another week!’.‘Legion on the Wall’ in|
|White Light Nights 19: Doc Shuffield in high hat and boiled shirt.|
|Pulps (1970) 106/1: I went in with a fat billfold, a boiled shirt, tails and everything.‘The Deadly Orchid’ in Goodstone|
|Halo in Blood (1988) 163: I’m sure you didn’t ask me to put on a boiled shirt and come over just to point out what a dirty name I am.|
|Picture Post 13 Nov. 14: Mr. Hindle the manager, his boiled shirt swollen with satisfaction.|
|It (1987) 357: In his threadbare tux and yellowing boiled shirt he looked like an undertaker who had fallen on hard times.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Ulysses 224: There was a big spread out at Glencree reformatory, Lenehan said eagerly. The annual dinner you know. Boiled shirt affair.|
3. (US) a respectably dressed man.
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 51: All them boiled shirts comin’ aroun’ here for the fights – that’s the Parole Board, man.|
prostitutes, viewed collectively.
|Cymbeline I vi: Which rotteness can lend nature! such boil’d stuff As well might poison poison!|
(Aus. gambling) of a racehorse, not being raced to win.
|Herald (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 6/7: Hence [...] such phrases as ‘a dead un,’ ‘as good as boiled,’ and other sentences expressive of the advantage of betting against a horse that can by no possibility win: for ‘dead’ is a metaphorical mode of expressing the condition of an animal sure not to run, or, if running, ‘made safe not to win.’ .|
(Aus.) a phr. representing the two extremes – lose or win – of a given bet.
|More You Bet 8: When ‘going for broke’ [...] the outcome was either going to be ‘boiled lollies or Turkish delight’; or, ‘the Paris house (which was a glamrous Sydney restaurant) or the shit house’, [or] ‘either the shithouse or the penthouse’.|
see separate entry.