see river ooze n.
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
1. serving time in prison [var. on up the river ; see also go down the river ] .
|Times 31 Jan. 4/5: He had overheard Miss Jones threatening Mr Dee ‘to send him down the river for life.’ .|
2. (also down the Swanny) finished, over and done, used up [a boat that has gone down the river has vanished from sight].
|Sun (Baltimore) 31 Jan. 1/5: True enough, I used to hustle a little beer in the old days but that’s all down the river [OED].|
|‘Pistol’ in Best of Manhunt (2019) [ebook] ‘You been smoking too much marijuana and playing around. That’s how your pistol went down the river’.|
|Strip Jack 166: Not that I’ll be making many of those from now on. Whichever way you look at it, my career’s down the Swanny.|
|www.tcd.ie 🌐 We can let all our work go down the swanny or get help.|
|posting at www.bbc.co.uk 🌐 It’s [i.e. Wolverhampton] just a dump. The nightlife has gone down the swanny, 5 years ago.|
|Dead Man’s Trousers : [Y]our family, your job, your reputation, are all down the fucking swanny!|
3. in debt.
|Good Companions 252: You were asking something about the show, what we’re down the river for, what it would take to run it. Am I right?|
to die; thus gone across, dead.
|Narrative of Street-Robberies 23: They are likely to stop there, till they appear before their twelve God-fathers, and are from thence remov’d to the three legged Mare, on which they must all ride to old Charon’s Ferry-Boat].|
|Kalida Venture (OH) 4 Aug. 1/2: If the Emperor does not speedily abdicate, he may unexpectedly find himself in Charon’s ferry-boat [...] in company with the devil.|
|Star of the North (Bloomsburg, PA) 3 June 2/1: Seward and his party [...] shall go over the Styx in the same boat.|
|Dly Sentinel (Indianapolis, IN) 22 Mar. 2/3: They died in the camp [...] Charon’s ferry-boat is doing a heavy freighting business over the gloomy waters.|
|True Northerner (Paw Paw, MI) 31 Mar. 1/5: Bale away, lads! One more such wave as that and we shall be drinking grog in Charon’s ferry boat.|
|Wkly Caucasian (Lexington, MO) 5 Oct. 2/5: It would be a relief to us if this hero would bid us an affectionate farewell and go hence over the Styx.|
|Westrn Liberal (Lordsburg, NM) 30 Oct. 4/1: He, pale and emaciated, one of those men who carry a ticket for Charon’s ferry boat.|
|Sporting Times (London) 25 Nov. 1/1: Flat racing for this year has gone over the Styx.|
|Bolton Eve. News 4 Dec. 3/2: ‘When you receive this [letter] Old Charon will have carried me over the Styx’.|
|Sporting Times 23 July 1/3: You might go o’er the Styx through a motor car’s tricks.‘Longevity Jujubes’|
|Diary of a Doughboy 25 Sept. 🌐 He told me he was ‘going over the river’ early in the morning. I would not believe him but we found him in a shell hole [...] with a machine gun bullet hole squarely between the eyes.|
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 June 19/2: Some of the boys who had started from El Arish the previous evening had since crossed ‘the river,’ and the mound over their grave was still fresh as we turned our backs on their last resting place.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(US, Southern) to go to the state prison in Mississippi.
|[||in Century mag. (N.Y.) Dec. 238/1: Percy Driscoll slept well the night he saved his house-minions from going down the river].|
to go to prison; to get oneself into trouble.
|Morning Herald (N.Y.) 15 Aug. 2/4: [Capt. Henry Monroe, a balloonist, was arrested for fraud.] Bowyer, who is a bit of a wag, says the captain will now really make an ascent, go up — the river to Sing Sing.|
|[||Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 Nov. 6/2: In another moment I was whirling along the Hudson river road to Sing Sing].|
|Good Humor 179: ‘Yes, go up the river.’ ‘I see, I see. Go to Sing Sing’.‘Justice in a Quandary’ in|
|Enemy to Society 288: Now you’ll pay for it; you’ll all go up the river and break stones and pick oakum for your ‘poor old Trompey’.|
|Detective Story 18 Feb. 🌐 He knows he’ll take a nice little ride up the river for a stretch at making shoes if he starts anything like that.‘White as Snow’|
|‘Toledo Slim’ in Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 230: They sent me ‘up the river’ to do my little ‘V’.|
|Free To Love 260: We’re willing to call quits so long as he goes for a ride up the river.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 225: Why the hell take a chance goin’ up the river when there’s plenny better ways.|
|One Wet Season 10: He’d put up in his last Wet up river at the Crossing and they’d ‘yarded’ him there all right—on the end of a chain padlocked to a log.|
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 78: The kids go up the river and come back on parole.|
|Joint (1972) 224: Kaplan departed up the river to Ossining February 10 on a 2½ to 5 ride.letter 2 March in|
|Word of Honor 265: Tyson cleared his throat. ‘Have you considered what you will do if I go up the river for a few years?’.|
(US Und.) at Blackwell’s Island prison, New York.
|Wash. Post 26 Nov. 2/2: ‘Over the River’ is a slang designation in New York for the prison at Blackwell’s Island.|
|St Louis Post-Despatch 16 Jan. 25/2: If I catching you stowing any more soup (nitro-glycerin) [...] it’ll be over the river for yours.|
(orig. US) in prison; sometimes ext. as sanitarium/summer hotel up the river.
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 278: ‘What do you mean by over on the island or up the river?’ ‘Why, I can have them sent to the penitentiary or Sing Sing.’.|
|‘Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective’ in Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 14/2: He had only been down from ‘up river’ for a few weeks.et al.|
|On Many Seas 401: They all have scars on their persons which, if displayed and properly worked up before a jury, would, I have no doubt, send you up the river for a term of years.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|Boss 93: I think we’d better make it up-the-river—better railroad the duffer.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) II x: Husbands and fathers unfortunate enough in their clashes with the law to be doing ‘spaces’ up the river.|
|Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 29 Aug. 13/7: If you don’t watch your step you’re going to have a nice long stay in that sanitarium up the river.|
|Manhattan Transfer 150: Kid if you keep on bein a softie about women you’re goin to find yourself in dat lil summer hotel up de river.|
|Free To Love 254: Thought you could play Joe Neilson’s son for a sucker! Got a trip up the river all framed for Joe Neilson, eh?|
|Shadow Oct. 🌐 Different from six years ago, when I took my trip up the river.‘Murder Marsh’ in|
|Spicy Detective Stories Nov. 🌐 Sure, you thought I’d be spendin’ the rest of my life up the river. [...] Well, I’m out, see?‘Body Ransom’ in|
|Bardin Omnibus (1976) 160: We got his record – and he’s been up the river twice.Deadly Pecheron in|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 95: He’s been up the river so many times, we call him showboat.|
|Teachers (1962) 107: He’s up the river for three years.|
|In the Life 23: Timmy must still be up the big stream. Up the river, Doc. Sing Sing.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 120: Now after you’re up the river for a couple of months or more, / you receive a twelve-page letter from this no-good whore.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 52: up the river – In prison.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Up the river. In gaol.|
|City in Sl. (1995) 40: The New York state prison was built in 1828 near the town of Sing Sing, north of New York City and up the Hudson River. The prison, informally called Sing Sing, soon became known in the City for its harsh discipline and up the river was a dreaded destination for criminals.|
|Skinny Dip 120: It was the best part of my job, sending shitheads up the river.|