1. money [ref. to the barrels in which valuable liquor is stored].
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|DAUL 238/2: Wood. 1. Money. ‘That shylock made his bundle (fortune). He’s got plenty of wood stashed (hidden away).’.et al.|
|Carlito’s Way 16: Rocco Fabrizi gave me a break into the big wood.|
2. the pulpit.
|implied in look over the wood|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Newcomes (1868) 136: They say he’s a pleasant fellow out of the wood.|
|Sat. Rev. (London) 10 July 45/2: Mr. Beecher’s activity has not been altogether confined to what irreverent people call ‘the wood’ .|
|Songs, Stories & Sayings of Norfolk 129: You are very good in flannel, Sir. I’ll come on Sunday, and see if you are as good in wood .|
3. (US Und.) a beer keg, holding bootleg alcohol.
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/5: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘wood,’ a beer keg.|
4. a police truncheon.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
5. (also tree) the penis.
|[||Mercurius Democritus 21-28 Sept. 388: The third [Justice] was Mr. Faggot-stick, a worm-eaten Wood-monger, who some said with P—y’s nose did fire his Maide].|
|implied in put the wood to|
|Faggots 251: Paulie’s now paler ass receiving it. Receiving what appears to be a major starring portion of tree.|
|Jam. Patois 63: Wood, or Hood: penis.|
|Mad mag. Apr. 22: Look at those broads. They want to play golf at the Masters. I got a nine iron for ’em. And I got a nice big wood.|
|‘At Ya Own Risk’ [lyrics] Kicking it with hotter bitches, all they get’s a lot of wood / Give it to ’em hardcore, all they do is holla good.|
6. an erection; thus give/slip someone wood, of a man, to have sexual intercourse [the solidity of the erection].
|[||Choise of Valentines (1899) 13: And then he flue on hir as he were wood, And on hir breeche did hack and foyne a-good].|
|Beavis and Butthead cited on Usenet [Internet] Sometimes I get morning wood in the late afternoon.|
|Usenet groups I Mar. [Internet] April, man, April. I’m sporting wood just thinking about it.|
|Deadmeat 137: She [...] eased her knickers down her thighs and impaled herself on his wood.|
|www.thepantsman.com [Internet] With the innocent Swede standing in the kitchen [...] making me lunch and me admiring the view of her arse in her black skirt, wood was inevitable.|
|Rough Riders 14: I get off when she lies to me [...] If you want to know the truth, it’s what turns me on [...] Gives me wood.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘[H]e has major wood poking out, I swear it’s getting bigger, like his dick is Pinocchio and just told a lie’.|
|Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] buff the banana/wood.|
(US) to get an erection; thus in fig. use, to become extremely excited.
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 50: Jumbo Linney’s beat-to-shit, primered ’82 Supra, the two-tone model that made Spics catch wood.|
to achieve an erection.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: get wood v. To achieve an erection. As in: ‘Sorry love, I’m having trouble getting wood.’ Also get string.|
|Indep. Rev. 25 Feb. 4: How exactly did men – to use the delicate form of words used in the porn industry – get wood?|
|Call of the Weird (2006) 48: Can you get wood? [...] Can you get a hard-on the entire time? [Ibid.] 59: It’s my job to have good wood to do a scene.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 91: I never get wood in here [i.e. strip club] [...] they’re skanks, most of the women they hire here.|
|Pigeon English 260: Hey, look now, Harr’s got wood!|
to render erect.
|Mad mag. Feb. 45: Whoa! This cold cement is, like, giving me wood.|
(US) an erection of the penis first thing in the morning.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 31: Wood (woody): An erect penis. Every guy knows about morning wood.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 11: There you have it. Fifty cures for the old morning wood.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] I looked down at the morning wood stabbing through a hole in my boxers.|
see pull one’s wire under wire n.1
1. (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Blue Movie (1974) 13: Shrieking at the top of her voice, ‘Put the wood to me, B!’ [Ibid.] 246: ‘Put the wood to her, Sid!’ she screeched.|
2. see also general phrs. below.
to display an erection (cf. sport a woodie under woodie n.2 ).
|personal correspondence 7 July: sporting your wood (US) displaying a male erection. Heard in a pub from some foreign backpacker. As a colonial, of course I have no idea of the origin of this phrase. And I’m sure that you feel exactly the same. But beware, there may be that subtle antipodean wit on display in this paragraph.|
to subject oneself to (anal) intercourse.
|‘Are You Alone Fam’ [lyrics] [of a man] You turned bitch you probably should take wood.|
(N.Z. prison) an injury inflicted by a truncheon.
|Big Huey 255: wood rash (n) Injury inflicted by a truncheon.|
see have the deadwood on under deadwood n.
(US) to beat severely.
|In This Corner (1974) 311: I beat him until I almost killed him [...] I was laying the wood to him and I racked him up.in Heller|
to mount the pulpit, to preach.
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To look over the wood; to ascend the pulpit, to preach: I shall look over the wood at St. James’s on Sunday next.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
1. to punish, to coerce by threats.
2. to cause serious trouble for.
|Carlito’s Way 148: Then he put the wood to me.|
3. see also sex phrs. above.
SE in slang uses
|Blazed Trail 95: The blacksmith is also a good wood-butcher (carpenter).|
|in ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V.|
|Milk and Honey Route 217: Wood butcher – A carpenter. A hobo who can do odd repair jobs.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: wood butcher . . . carpenter.|
|Pagan Game (1969) 110: The woodwork instructor always referring to academic wallahs as though he were very much on the back foot for being a wood butcher.|
1. (Aus.) a fool.
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 57: Wood duck: Technically the Australian wood duck is classified as a maned goose. Thus anyone who is called a wood duck is a goose. An idiot.|
2. (Aus. prison) an inexperienced prisoner.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Wood duck. A naive prisoner.|
1. to ostracize a fellow worker; thus woodheaping n.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Nov. 21/2: A shearer up Armidale way had been ‘woodheaped’ for refusing to take out his A.W.U. ticket. ‘Woodheaping’ is about as old as shearing in Australia. In pre-union days it was applied to the man who made himself a general nuisance [...] It consists in expelling the offender from the shearers’ mess, with the result that he has to have his meals in solitude, sitting on the woodheap, which lies behind every shed cookhouse.|
|AND].Treasure upon Earth 90: Mick inquired about the attitude of station owners on the roads leading south. ‘No handouts [...] They’ll woodheap you on Yarranook and Wineba, but the rest’ll turn the dogs on you.’ [|
2. to force an itinerant to chop firewood in return for food and accommodation.
|AND].Strive to be Fair 114: ‘He’d woodheap yer’ [...] refers to a station boss too lousy to give you a feed for nothing. He puts you on the woodheap first [|
(US) a derog. term for a rustic, a peasant.
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 193: These include: [...] shitkicker, sodbuster, swamp angel, timber rat, woodchuck, and wood-hick (or -tick).|
a street seller of matches.
|‘Six Years in the Prisons of England’ in Temple Bar Mag. Nov. 537: When he can’t go on that ‘racket,’ he’ll turn ‘mumper’ and wood merchant (which means a seller of lucifer matches).|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1348/2: [...] ca. 1875–1912.|
(Can./US) a skunk, a polecat.
|Urban Dict. [Internet] wood pussy a skunk.|
(US) to be obsessed with, usu. negatively.
|The Force [ebook] ‘You guys have wood for every real cop’.|
to stand in the pillory.
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To look through the wood; to stand in the pillory.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Aug. 14/1: An Afghan came in with six 70lb. bags of chaff on his camel. A teamster drawing water put down a pound a bag for it. He had 12 horses, poor as wood; he might get two feeds for his team out of it.|
|Woman’s Impressions of the Philippines 233: My landlady, who was an heiress in her own right, told me that the old financier came to Capiz ‘poor as wood.’.|
|Cock’s Funeral 197: Everybody was poor as wood except Mrs. Perry. Mrs. Perry, the widow of a famous judge, owned an estate across the road from the mailbox.|
to shut the door; usu. as imper.
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 131: ‘Shut the door!’ [...] ‘Put the bit of wood in the hole!’.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 309: Wood In The Hole, Put A Piece Of: Shut the door.|
|Cockney Dialect and Sl. 92: The well-known Put de wood in de ’ole ‘Close the door.’.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] She had the wood in the frame and the mortise turned in the lock by the time he could blink.|
to stand in the stocks; latterly to serve a prison sentence.
|Cornwall Chronicle 1 Sept. 3/2: James Smith was fined 5s. for being drunk, and not paying, he was ordered to take it out in wood [i.e. to be put in the stocks] .|
|Sydney Monitor & Commercial Advertiser (NSW) 15 Dec. 2/4: The Bench [...] ordered her to pay a fine of five shillings, or to have an hour in the stocks. The prisoner said, that rather than pay the money she would ‘take it out in timber’.|
|Hobart Guardian (Tas.) 22 Mar. 5/4: The worthy Magistrate [...] intimated [...] that when they had not the cash to to pay for lushing, he was determinnd iliey should take it out in Wood, we mean the Stocks.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 22 Jan. 3/2: P.M.— ‘You must pay 5s. or go to prison for 48 hours.’ Polly— ‘Well I suppose I must take it out in wood, as I havnt got no money’.|
|(con. 1839-44)Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago 40: Thank yer honor, but I will not give these folks here the five shillings, I shall keep it, and drink yer honor’s health with it, and go and take it out in wood.|
standing in the pillory.
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
a general labourer; also in non-manual use (see cite 1912).
|‘Aus. Colloquialisms’ in All Year Round 30 July 67/2: A ‘wood-and-water joey’ is a hanger about hotels and a doer of odd jobs.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 155: Bobby, he don’t know a p’leeceman from a wood-an’-water joey.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 Aug. 15/2: A little lower down the river is a young native who issues half-measures of food, but makes it up with a bushel of sneers and incivility. I was working with him less than two years ago when he was wood-and-water ‘joey,’ and that only as a favour to himself and family.|
|Ohinemuri Gaz. (Waikato) 27 Aug. 2/2: You can see Rube Ruggs any day at the Shearer’s Rest [...] where he occupies the honorable post of wood-’n-water Joey.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 168: A wood and water joey is a servant similar to an English ostler or hotel man-servant.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 Dec. 4/5: The union secretary, although he has been the party’s wood-and-water joey for many a year, is not persona grata.|
|Three Elephant Power 2: He was wood and water joey at some squatter’s place.‘Three Elephant Power’ in|
|Passage 42: I wanted you to be something different from a wood-and-water joey.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 100: Complementary to his responsibilities as wood-and-water joey and general rouseabout, all the pioneer women who pulled their weight on the frontier, had to cope with toil which in Great Britain was relegated to ‘general slaveys.’.|
|Aus. Lang. 62: A handyman on a station, otherwise called a [...] wood and water joey (sometimes abbreviated to the simple joey).|
|Fair Go, Spinner 103: He was a wood-and-water joey / At the ‘Jackeroo’s Retreat.’.|
(US) to drink.
|N.O. Picayune 31 Oct. 2/3: He ‘wooded up’ as he came along [DA].|
|DA].Humors of Falconbridge 175: [He] made a straight bend for Sander’s ‘Grocery,’ and began to ‘wood up’ [|