1. pubic hair; thus cut someone’s grass, of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|‘The Trooper Watering his Nagg’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 193: But what if my Nag should chance to slip in, [...] Then catch hold of the Grass that grows on the brim, [...] But what if the Grass should chance to fail, [...] Shove him in by the Head, pull him out by the Tail.|
|‘My Oval Well’ Cockchafer 16: I love to feel the grass that grows / Around my well so free.|
|‘Where Have All the Black Men Gone?’ [lyrics] I ain’t got nobody who will cut my grass in spring, / Yeller men are lazy, they won’t even move that thing.|
|‘Grasscutter Blues’ [lyrics] I woke up this morning and the rain was falling fast, / I began to wish I had some good man to cut my grass.|
|Howard Street 138: Your black snake’ll never crawl through this grass!|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 131: Pubes […] chuff, Fort Bushy, fur, garden, grass, lawn, mowed lawn if shaved.|
2. used fig., with ref. to green-ness of grass, a fool, a naive person.
|‘Knowing Bill’ in Rake’s Budget in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 87: To Billingsgate each morn I goes, / I think myself no grass.|
3. hair; thus cut the grass, to cut the hair.
|[||Bell’s Life in Sydney 27 Jan. 3/2: The top of his noddle is an extensive plain entirely free from grass, and of sufficient dimensions to fight a maiii of bantams].|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: grass. [...] hair.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 59: In drills a chippie with grass as short as mine.|
|Lonely Londoners 93: While he combing the grass he have to sort of look up and not forward.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
(US) a police officer who accepts small bribes; thus grass-eating.
|After Hours 13: The grass eaters, punks and stool pigeons.|
|Under Cover 102: I know they accused you of grass-eating [...] Everybody eats grass, I don’t see that as bad. As long as you aren’t a meat-eater, that’s fine.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 137: None of the cops Manny knew would call you a ‘grass-eater.’ They’d just call you a dirty cop.|
|The Force [ebook] Cops fall into two categories—grass eaters and meat eaters. The grass eaters are the small-timers—they take a cut from the car-towing companies, they get a free coffee, a sandwich. They take what comes, they’re not aggressive.|
1. a bare-knuckle boxer; thus grass-fighting, bare-knuckle boxing.
|Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld) 2 Jan. 2/4: O.K. was fortunate enough to witness a willing battle between Jack Burke and Pill Hudson [...] Both men are pretty well known In the North as grass fighters, and a game go was expected.|
|Dly Herald (Adelaide) 11 Apr. 7/5: If some of the old-time Corinthians could see a present-day boxing contest and contrast it with the fight-to-a-finish grass fights of the time when the prize ring was at its very zenith.|
|Port Pirie Recorder & North Western Mail (SA) 15 Feb. 2/8: He has won a lot of grass fights and minor ring events.|
|Canowindra Star & Eugowra News (NSW) 16 Oct. 7/1: James Lennon, of circus fame, and grass fighter acrobat, was fined £2.|
|Cessnock Eagle & South Maitland Recorder (NSW) 24 Aug. 2/1: What should prove a very interesting fight [...] between Tommy Juno [...] and Typo Hepplewhite, the Greta grass fighter.|
|Cessnock Eagle & South Maitland Recorder (NSW) 12 Oct. 8/4: Recently the pair engaged in a grass fight, and honors were even.|
|Narromine News & Trangie Advocate (NSW) 18 May 8/4: I heard Bill was going to belt the stuffing out of my carcase when he sees me, and I am very anxious to meet him. I reckon I am the best grass fighter who ever wore boots, and I don't think be will do me much harm. I can wallop him to pieces, blacken an eye or two, and knock him as flat as a lizard run over with a steam roller.|
|Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate (NSW) 18 June 6/2: Rourke, a red-headed old-time bare-knuckle grass fighter.|
|Across Nullarbor 19: Those were the bare-knuckle days, ‘kinged’ over by the grim ‘grass fighters’.|
|Big Red 283: Grass-fighter, bare-knuckle man. Prize-ring rules, or no rules at all.|
|Canberra Times (ACT) 13 Nov. 10/7: He looks strictly a grass fighter, and his polished opponent had represented Ceylon at the 1962 Commonwealth and the 1964 Olympic Games.|
|AND].Wedgetail View 99: Professional pug, yes, he makes money [...] though it’s a pretty crook way of making a quid. But grass fighting, hell [...] it’s crazy [|
2. one who fights in public rather than in the prize-ring; thus one who is known as a brawler.
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 220: Fascination was the grass-fighter. No two-minute rounds and a minute spell for him.|
|Horses in Kitchen 123: He reckoned any good Australian grass-fighter, fast on his feet, could skittle a shillelagh man in no time.|
see separate entry.
(US) an alfresco act of sexual intercourse.
|inBold! Daring! Shocking! True: A Hist. of Exploitation Films (1999) 7: The first extant American film, A Free Ride (also known as A Grass Sandwich) has been dated about 1915.|
|Forces 164: Get a Grass Sandwich: To copulate [HDAS].|
|Always the Young Strangers 168: They told of a young fellow saying to his girl, ‘Let’s go to the picnic and after sundown we’ll have a grass sandwich’.|
see hayseed n.
the rural provinces, that area of a country beyond the major cities.
|Sure 6: ‘[M]ost of our big banks is run by men who came here from de provinces.’ ‘Dat’s dude langwudge for long grass’.|
(Irish) a duel.
|Handy Andy 82: Dick Dawson had a message conveyed to him from O’Grady requesting the honour of his company the next morning to ‘grass before breakfast’.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 146/2: Grass before breakfast (Irish, 18 cent. and early 19 cent.). Duel. May be a jocular derangement of grace before breakfast.|
see separate entries.
(N.Z.) to run off, to abscond.
|Truth (Wellington) 29 May 7: But alack and alas! Eady has once more gone to the grass. His miraculous ‘cure’ has ben exploded like a pricked balloon and great was the noise and fall thereof [DNZE].|
if a girl has pubic hair she is eligible for seduction, irrespective of her age.
|Ringer [ebook] ‘Aye well, if you keep to the schoolies then it's an unfair advantage.’ ‘I’ve heard this patter before. I’m having none of it.’ [...] ‘If there’s grass on the pitch – let’s play ... that’s what I say’.|
lying low, esp. of someone one hasn’t seen for some time; thus wait for someone in the long grass, to lie low, to maintain a ‘low profile’.
|Phenomena in Crime 255: In the long grass. Hiding from the police.|
|Is That It? 213: When you have not seen someone for a long time and you ask them where they have been they might reply, ‘Oh, I’ve been in the long grass,’ meaning they’ve been around but not visible.|
(Aus. Und.) free (of prison).
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 148: He knows Dick and you are on the grass again.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 236/2: on the grass – out of jail.|
1. (US) temporarily absent from one’s usual life.
|N.E. Police Gaz. (Boston, MA) 12 Oct. 5/4: Linda Somers is in town once more, having been out at grass all summer.|
2. (Aus.) of a woman whose husband is temporarily absent, ie. a SE grass widow.
|Truth (Brisbane) 12 May 7/3: In the house there were a slavey / Plump and fresh, not second-hand. / Like her missus, who’s a scorcher — out at grass, you understand.|
1. to send out to work as a prostitute.
|Merry Devil of Edmonton IV i: You are a couple of hot-shots; does a man commit his wench to you, to put her to grass at this time of night?|
2. (also put out to pasture) to send into retirement.
|Our Hidden Lives (2004) 25: Churchill sounded tired when he spoke on Sunday. I think he should be put to grass, as he calls it.15 May diary in Garfield|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 278: He was my squadron once. Before they put me out to grass here.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 152: ‘I don’t want to be put out to pasture!’ protests Miss M.|
|(con. 1940s) Singapore Grip 505: A couple of elderly Englishmen who but for the war would long since have been put out to grass.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 122: I’ve worked for the road all my life. In six years they’ll put me out to pasture with a damn good pension.|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 239: Oh, you mean Nigel? My dear, he could only get an erection on a wooden rocking horse [...] I put him out to pasture days ago.|
see grass v.1 (1)