1. the vagina; cit. 1719 is double entendre.
|Two Angry Women of Abington I i: Why, had ye kept your man in his right place, / I should not then have hit him with an ace.|
|‘Assembly at Kensington’ Harleian Mss. 7315: If Wallers Brain were like her face / She’d ne’re let Somersett f— her A—.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy V 90: Poor Donald [...] lost his Place, Sir; For playing of a Game at Whisk, And turning up an Ace, Sir.|
|Choice Spirits Museum 91: Out upon The ficked Rogue, That wrote apout hur A---.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. (also ace of spades) the penis.
|Epigrams I No. 79: Thou with thy Husband do’st play false at Tables. / First, thou so cunningly a Die canst slurre, / To strike an Ace, so dead, it cannot sturre.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 323: To the Tavern we went, / A Curse on the Place; / For her Love was so hot, / It soon fir’d my A—.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 107/2: Ace of spades [...] also the heart-stirring monosyllable, see pego and cartsue.|
3. from the high value of the card.
(a) (orig. US) an important, influential person; someone of high quality or held in high esteem; an outstanding person.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 47: With $420 I could be an ace and get a start out in the Town of the Wind.|
|Girl Proposition 13: Number One was trying to demonstrate that he was a Deuce of a Fellow and Number Two was trying to convince her that she was an Ace of a Girl.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 388: Uncle Billy was certainly an ace at the Montmorency Street Police Station.‘His Own Stuff’ in|
|Damsel in Distress 35: Put it in your diary, Mac, and write it on your cuff, George Bevan’s all right. He’s an ace.|
|Broadway Melody 21: Thanks, Uncle Bernie. You’re an ace.|
|Gas-House McGinty 358: He ain’t the ace that you were.|
|Serenade to the Big Bird 87: You couldn’t find a better guy [...] And what an ACE with the women.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 5: The pad is loaded with hipsters from all fronts, mad aces in their places, cool chicks strictly the lick, fine and most bulling.|
|Sensualists (1961) 78: You’re an ace.|
|CUSS 69: Ace A socially adept person. A quick or witty person.et al.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 474: Mr. Manslaughter [...] you wasted some ace.|
|‘Still D.R.E.’ [lyrics] I’ll break your neck, damn near put your face in your lap / Try to be the king but the ace is back.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
(b) (orig. Aus.) an expert.
|Colonial Reformer II 233: He was an ‘ace-of-clubs’ man with the pistol.|
|(con. WWI)Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (2nd edn).|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 159: Dick Foley — our shadow ace — was idle.‘Dead Yellow Women’|
|Born to Be (1975) 236: Ace: A senior railroad porter.|
|Knights of the Cockpit 2: This hardboiled flying ace.|
|London’s Und. 57: A blackmailer. Of the highest possible type, of course — a top-notcher, a king-pin, a crackajack, an ace.|
|Phenomena in Crime 62: A professional’s work — and an ‘ace’ at that.|
|Enemy Coast Ahead (1955) 228: They were the aces of Bomber Command.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 278: He’s a real ace.letter 21 July in|
|Current Sl. II:4 3: Ace, n. A skilled performer.|
|(con. 1910s) Livin’ the Blues 41: ‘You might fool these tadpoles,’ he went on waving his hand toward the younger boys [...] ‘but you gotta put somethin’ straighter’n that for an old ace like me. You never had nothin’ but ol’ Minnie Five Fingers!’.|
|Guardian G2 16 July 8: Don’t forget tennis ace and pretty face Anna Kournikova.|
|Cartoon City 14: If he didn’t have the piece ready for Migraine on the agreed deadline then he might lose his chance of being a features ace.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 30: Spooks: The restaurant was thick with them [...] Colored waiters, colored lobbyist, colored baseball ace.|
(c) something useful, important.
|Alaska Citizen 28 Aug. 7/2: She [...] came back with the ace by sending him a letter that smelled like a drug store.|
|Leather Pushers 24: The Kid’s ace was his left hook.|
|Jimmy Brockett 21: I was thinking about Ziegler and whether my ace would be good enough.|
|Mirage (1958) 232: It was the baby she saw as her strong card; that was an ace. For even white folk had pity on a woman carrying a child.|
|Scene (1996) 145: The punk knows when he’s holding an ace.|
|Brown’s Requiem 105: She popped her final ace — ‘Walter, if you persist with this behaviour, I shall have to call Judge Gray and have you committed’.|
|Big Huey 244: ace (n) 1. The best, of high quality.|
|One Night Out Stealing 29: Humour’s my ace card.|
|Hooky Gear 234: My insurance policy, my one an only ace, could be down there on the damp floor.|
(d) (US black) a very close friend.
|Jive and Sl.|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 147: ‘Who’s this new cat?’ ‘One of my aces.’.‘Wrong Way Home’ in|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 84: One day after we became aces we had our first fight.|
|Carlito’s Way 49: ‘You’re pals with Tommy Dunphy [...]?’ ‘Yeah, we’re aces.’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 227: ace n. 1. Best friend, close companion (one who can be trusted).|
|‘Fuck Wit Dre Day’ [lyrics] Used to be my homey, used to be my ace.|
|Tuff 6: Rude, Kooky, Shorty-Wop, Point Blank — right there’s my ace Fariq.|
(e) (US) a detective.
|Man with the Golden Arm 32: Seeing a pair of aces from the Saloon Street Station making for the entrance.|
|Lucky You 159: Nice work, ace.|
(f) a term of (intimate) address.
|Swell-Looking Babe 41: You see, Ace? You got three strikes called the minute they look at you.|
|(con. 1958) Been Down So Long (1972) 18: Give me the Victorian for ‘how’s your ass, ace?’.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 184: Not me, ace.|
|Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 250: All right, ace.‘George’s Last Ride’|
|Hard Candy (1990) 96: You got no case, Ace.|
|Another Day in Paradise 13: Kinda like you ace, just older and not quite as dumb.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 18: Tell the truth, ace, have ya ever really fucked a midget?|
|Way Home (2009) 18: I don’t have to tell you anything, Ace.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘Time to move, ace’.|
(g) (US campus) used sarcastically, a fool, a clumsy person.
|Current Sl. IV:1.|
(h) (US campus) the grade of A.
|CUSS 69: Ace [...] the grade of ‘A’.et al.|
|(con. 1964–8) oral testimony in HDAS I 368/1: When I was in college an A was an ace, a B was a bang, a C was a cat or a hook, a D was a dog.|
|What’s The Good Word? 300: Gut courses — where ‘gut gunners’ get an ‘easy Ace’ (A) as opposed to a ‘Hook’ (C) or ‘Flag’ (F).|
|Sl. and Sociability 37: Ace ‘the grade A’, Dog ‘the grade D’, and Zoo ‘the lowest grade possible, Z’ are straightforward expansions.|
(i) a professional killer.
|Airtight Willie and Me 64: Two Outfit Aces are out to hit you.|
4. as a single unit.
(a) (US) $1; $1’s worth.
|Taking Chances 108: Get an ace down on Rolling Boer for me.|
|Sun (NY) 9 Sept. 3/2: Every one of ’em with as high as nine aces in his roll.|
|McClure’s Mag. Mar. 36/1: I [...] was gave one contemptible ace for sixteen coats.‘Life on Broadway’ in|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 17: I’m in again — I got another berry — I just put the bee on the stenog for an ace.in Zwilling|
|AS II:6 282: Ace — A one dollar bill. Sometimes means one year in jail.‘Prison Lingo’ in|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Really the Blues 217: Sonny’s hip from way back and solid can blow some gauge, so lay an ace on us and let us get gay.|
|Who Walk in Darkness 13: Can you lend me an ace?|
|Real Bohemia xx: The purchases are made in cash: an ace ($1).|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 92: It’s only a deuce a jump [...] Bert and I’ll put up an ace each to get you laid.|
(b) (US) a single example.
|Score by Innings (2004) 328: That one run looked mighty good to us [...] we were thankful for that ace.‘Chivalry in Carbon County’ in|
(c) (US Und.) a one-year jail sentence.
|see sense 4a.|
|‘“Ace” and its Progeny’ in AS XVIII:1 Feb. 71/2: ace, n. [...] a sentence of one year in a jail or prison. ‘Joe was an ace of a guy; he clipped (stole) an ace-note (one dollar banknote) and he drew an ace (one-year sentence) in the can (jail).’.|
|DAUL 165/2: Pull an ace. (P) To serve one year in prison.et al.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) n.p.: ace, n. [...] a one-year prison sentence.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|False Starts 361: An ace? That’s no hill for a stepper. A year ain’t shit.|
(d) (UK Und.) £1.
|(con. 1950s–60s) Little Legs 192: ace, an £1.|
(e) (US gambling) the one-spot on a die.
|Complete Guide to Gambling.|
5. in drug contexts.
(a) (US drugs) marijuana, a marijuana cigarette.
|New Yorker 12 Mar. 40: An ace is a single stick [i.e. of marijuana] and sells for 15 cents.|
|Traffic In Narcotics 303: ace. A marihuana cigarette.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 25: ace [...] A marijuana cigarette.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 1: Ace — Marijuana cigarette.|
|‘What Police Must Learn’ in Dly Teleg. 8 Nov. [Internet] ace — cannabis cigarette.|
(b) (US drugs) phencyclidine (PCP), a dangerous hallucinogenic based on animal (pig) tranquillizer.
|ONDCP Street Terms 1: Ace — [...] PCP.|
(c) (US drugs) one single pill of amphetamine, barbiturate or tranquillizer.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 180: I drop an ace an maybe an hour later, I’ll drop another one.|
(d) (US prison) a puff on a cigarette.
|Prison Dict. at BoyzBehindBars.com [Internet] Ace: a puff of a cigarette, as in ‘Bust me down with an ace’ (NY).|
(US) a $1 bill.
|AS IV:5 337: Ace note — A dollar bank-note.‘Vocabulary of Bums’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 17: Ace Note. – A one dollar bill.|
|‘“Ace” and its Progeny’ in AS XVIII:1 Feb. 71/2: ace, n. A fine person; [...] ‘Joe was an ace of a guy; he clipped (stole) an ace-note (one dollar banknote) and he drew an ace (one-year sentence) in the can (jail).’.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 117: I exchanged the hard money for soft, rolled four ace notes tightly and buried them in the tobacco bag.|
(US) a $1 bill.
|Gay-Cat 92: He fumbled [...] in his trousers pocket. ‘It’s not much — only an ace spot.’ [...] There was something in one of his manacled hands. It was a dollar bill.|
(orig. US) a hidden asset.
|Maison De Shine 86: Eva’s acting to me as if she had an ace in the hole, an’ she might get tipped off.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 224: His ace in the hole is your shame at coming to him.‘It Wasn’t Honest, But It Was Sweet’ in|
|Fighting Blood 212: Don’t get any idea in your head that I had any plans to quit trying or ease up on the pace I’d set myself because I had millionaire for an ace in the hole.|
|Iron Man 133: Favour that right tomorrow night, Coke [...] and you’ll have an ace in the hole.|
|‘Ace in the Hole’ [lyrics] So baby, this rule I propose / Always have an ace in the hole.|
|Corruption City 19: That’s where you come in, Mike. You’re Nemo’s ace in the hole.|
|LBJ Brigade (1967) 75: I don’t gotta re-up. That’s my ace in the hole.|
|Bad (1995) 154: Killian came after us [...] figuring he had us cold. But we had an ace in the hole.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 144: He was our ace in the hole, our smoking gun.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 110: He came to New York with one ace in the hole.|
|Guardian G2 1 Apr. 8: Railtrack did have one ace in the hole.|
see black ace
|May-Day V i: I played the varlet and took up her coat, and meaning to lay my five finger upon her ace of hearts, up starts quite a contrary card.|
1. a widow [the widow’s clothes].
|Swell’s Night Guide 107/2: Ace of spades, a widow.|
|Londres et les Anglais 312/1: ace of spades [...] une veuve.|
|Breckenridge News (Cloveport, KY) 23 Aug. 3/3: I’m a ‘ankle,’ and my mother a ‘ace of spades’.|
|(ref. to 1890s) ‘Gloss. of Larrikin Terms’ in Larrikins 201: ace of spades: a widow.|
2. the female genital area [a fig. ‘black hole’].
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.|
|Euphemisms 27: Another term for the vagina is the American ace of spades.|
3. a black person; sometime derog. but usu. used by blacks themselves to designate a friend, a loyal trustworthy person [spade n.].
|‘“Ace” and its Progeny’ in AS XVIII:1 Feb. 71/2: ace of spades. [...] a trustworthy negro.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 42: Ah, ’tis my gallant Othello, ace of my spades.|
|Lang. of Ethnic Conflict 46: Color Allusions, Other than ‘Black’ and ‘Negro’: [...] club [cf. ace-of-spades, spade].|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 6: ace1 a negro; a black. One respondent gives the term ace of spades.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 101: bastard! Born to kill! Born to rule! Ace of spades! Ace of spades!|
|‘Slick Rick’ [lyrics] I brought J Spades / An ace of spades.|
4. (also ace of arse) the area of dark skin around the anus.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz Apr. 47: ace of arse n. The patch of dark skin around the anus, frequently shaped like the Ace of Spades.|
the female genital area.
|Lives of the Gamesters (1930) 151: His mistress’s delicate white buttock turn’d up, and she produced her ace of trumps.|
(orig. US) a hidden advantage, not to be revealed until a suitable moment.
|Fortnightly 47 616: It subsequently transpired that the pleasant old gentleman who at that time acted as President had an ace up his sleeve.|
|All the Year Round 13 Aug. 158: There is no ace up his sleeve, no mean trick to spring upon those who have trusted him.|
|Times Mag. (US) I 364: The men around the ballot-boxes hesitated. But there was one of them who had an ace up his sleeve.|
|Thirty-Nine Steps (1930) 7: They’ve gotten the ace up their sleeves [...] and they are going to play it and win.|
|Me – Gangster 56: The district attorney had another ace up his sleeve.|
|Sign of Fool 69: My supervisor [...] had an ace up his sleeve.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 83: We’ve got to implement another plan now, and you’re the ace up our sleeve.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 286: Among them: ace in the hole; ace up [one’s] sleeve.|
|Stalker (2001) 399: Isn’t an ace up her sleeve the usual expression?|
the female genital area.
|‘Myrtle Grove’ n.p.: The Ace of Clubs, so white, so black, the struting pillow of delight.|
|She Would if She Cou’d IV ii: She’s as frolic and free, / As her Lovers dare be, / Never aw’d by a foollish Punctilio; / She’l not start from her place, / Though thou nam’st a black Ace, / And will drink a Beer-glass to Spudilio.|
|‘A Session of the Poets’ in Poems on Affairs of State (1963) I 355: The poetess Aphra [i.e. Behn] next sho’d her sweet face / And swore by her poetry and her black ace.|
to produce a clean sheet of toilet paper, having wiped one’s anus thoroughly.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 11: draw an ace v. On wiping one’s arse thoroughly, to eventually have an unsoiled piece of paper which indicates the wiping is over.|
(US) to be in total control.
|Initial Experience 111: I think ye hold an ace full, Tonto.|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 63: I reckon I’m holding all the aces, Signor Cavellado.|
|We Were the Rats 222: I don’t — hold any — aces.|
|I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 98: ‘You’re holding the aces,’ I said. ‘In spades.’.‘The Death of Me’ in|
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 23: I’m holding aces and you’re trying to buy out with hot air.|
|On the Yard (2002) 233: That’s why he’s such a big wheel. He’s holding aces.|
|Union Dues (1978) 163: They think you hold all the aces when it comes to hiring.|
|Staffrider (SA) 5-6 30: We aren't deterred by gun-wielding cops — for we hold all the Aces! [...] If God be for us who can be against us?|
|Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 52: You’ve got to realize we hold all the aces. Sooner you plea bargain — later, you pace a cell for years,.|
|Five Smooth Stones 666: We’re going to win because we hold all the aces. We hold the legal aces, that we know.|
|It’s Your Kid 119: Parent, I’ll tell you a secret. You hold all the aces.|
(Aus./N.Z./S.Afr.) on one’s own.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 2 Oct. 4/7: And Brim’s in London on his ‘ace,’/ Of Andrew Barr a trifle ‘jack’.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 34: Why don’t I get married? [...] Cos it’s one iv them little things yeh can’t do on your ace.|
|Tramp-Royal 213: Send ’em out ‘on their ace’ and they’ll probably ‘go camp’ under the first shady tree they come to .|
|Ah Big Yaws? 53: Uys. The blessed state of solitude. [...] ’Ee-tin onyor Uys, ay?|
|Sat. Night at the Palace (1985) 12: The oke’s on his ace – we mustn’t crowd him!|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 11: He would rather pen and ink on his ace until some of his Chinas lobbed.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Ace. 1. As in ‘on your ace’, ie alone, left to one’s own resources. Considered part of the prison ethos where a prisoner essentially has to do his own time.|
|My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 259: Frikkie used to be able to drink a bottle of brandy [...] ‘on his ace,’ as we say.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
the female genital area.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 104: Emplatre, m. The female pudendum; ‘the red ace’.|
(US Und.) a card in a crooked deck.
|Keys to Crookdom 417: Slick ace. Slick card in a crooked deck.|
(US) to be held in the highest esteem by someone (cf. stand ace-high under ace-high adj.).
|Girl Proposition 46: He tried to stand Ace with the Old People.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 265: Vigne du seigneur, f. The female pudendum; ‘the wanton ace’.|