pond, the n.
1. (also the big pond, the fish-pond) the ocean esp. the Atlantic Ocean.
|Royal Gaz. (N.Y.) 22 Jan. n.p.: Then Jack was sent across the Pond To take her in the rear, Sir [DAE].|
|Leeds Times 22 June 6/1: ‘I’d much rather stay / At home to gather glory, than adventure / Across the great fish-pond to study Botany.‘ [...] ‘Is that Botany Bay thou’rt speakin’ on?’.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 64: Swore – he, the deed had stagg’d. So queer’d Bill’s council, and got Billy lagged. / He crossed the fish-pond, for his natural life.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. II 64: We want to make one or two large hauls; lifts that will make folks stare more than they ever have on this side of the big fish-pond.|
|Vocabulum 69: Pond The Ocean.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 204: Pond, or herring-pond the sea; so called by those who were sent across it as the national expense.|
|Sheffield Eve. Teleg. 25 Jan. 4/4: Sir Morell has just refused a nice little doucer on 30,000 dollars, which was offered to him if he would run across the ‘mill-pond’ to see one of the inumerable ‘leading citizens’ in the Staes .|
|Sporting Times 12 Apr. 7/1: I have tried to induce him to stay here the rest of his natural life just as a pattern of what we can do on the other side of the pond.|
|Typhoon 200: Oh! It was pretty complete, I can tell you; and you may run to and fro across the Pond to the end of time before you find yourself with such a job on your hands.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 106: Over the pond I ran up against a queer sort of lie-slinger.|
|Treat ’Em Rough 58: Some of the boys laughed at me tonight when I told them about going to attend the lessons but I will be the one that does the laughing when we get across that old pond.|
|Eve. Teleg. 2 June 3/4: ‘Europeans are all very well,’ said a visitor from across the pond, ’but I tell you that we Americans are the goods’.|
|Chicago May (1929) 14: Mine was a slow steamer. It took ten days to cross the pond.|
|Western Dly Press 19 Mar. 4/6: [headline] Cunard Comfort Crossing ‘The Pond’.|
|Sheffield Indep. 2 June 4/5: The Frenchman is is to be seen in [the film] ‘The Big Pond’.|
|(con. 1900s) Log of the Sea 120: All the fine old girls who pounded across the pond in 1899 are gone. [...] The skippers are, for the most part, gone with their ships.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 1: across the pond – Across the ocean; to the flipside of the world.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 169: Who else would doze his way back over the pond in a giant secobarbital capsule and labor for months [...] to puke up Berlin.in|
|Guardian Guide 14–20 Aug. 39: Some of the top American wags currently playing this side of the pond.|
|Camden New Journal (London) Rev. 4 Sept. VII: Sumptuous costumes and wonderful locations mean this film will no doubt be a [...] hit across the Pond. But as a drama its a stinker.|
2. the English Channel.
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Pond (The). The English Channel.|
3. (US) the Pacific Ocean.
|Chosen Few (1966) 17: I was up at Earl myself before I went across the pond.|
4. (N.Z.) the Tasman Sea.
|Truth (Wellington) 6 Apr. 6/1: The idea was to see McGregor off to invercargill by train, and then to cross the pond to Fisher’s continent.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(orig. US) the Atlantic Ocean.
|Lion of West 34: The big pond! Oh, the Atlantic.|
|Clockmaker III 248: He is all sorts of a hoss, and the best live one that ever cut dirt this side of the big pond.|
|Sam Slick in England II 6: I have been a good deal to England, and crossed this big pond here a matter of seven times.|
|Slaver’s Adventures 139: I didn’t want to sail in a vessel that has to fight her way over the big pond.|
|Living London (1883) May 204: Next time Miss Ward crosses the ‘big pond,’ I earnestly hope that she will cross the ‘Rockies,’ and triumphantly descend the Pacific slope.in|
|A New Mexico David 86: They scattered [...] to scour the woods and bring all the cattle to a common point on the shore of ‘Big Pond’.|
|Outing (N.Y.) June 345/1: [They] have hardly sustained their reputation on either side of the big pond [DA].|
|Breezy Stories Jan. [Internet] I was sent across the Big Pond by the firm to close out some war orders.‘Forbidden Fruit’ in|
|Dict. Amer. Sl.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 237: You’d rather be across the Big Pond winning medals and fighting a real war.|