1. (US) ambition.
|Babbitt (1974) 15: Ted’s new bee is he’d like to be a movie actor.|
2. drug addiction.
|Scene (1996) 60: A bee is what [a junkie] calls his habit; it’s always stinging him to get a fix.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
3. (US black) an idea.
|cited in Juba to Jive (1994).|
1. (US, also bee, put the B on, ...the bumblebee on) to extort, to blackmail, to pressurize, esp. for a loan.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 25: That guy wouldn't no more nick the hickory wit’ the price of a round of brew, unless he was absolutely certain he could place the bumblebee on the bloke he was buyin’ the drink for.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 129: I want to put the bee on you for two bucks.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 84: He tried to put the B. on me for the third touch this week.|
|Smile A Minute 75: Don’t go and croak on me while I’m gone, because then this guy will put the bee on me for about ten francs for bringin’ him over.|
|Barker I i: So that’s why yer sore at the Colonel. You put th’ bee on him an’ he turned you down.|
|Let Tomorrow Come 40: I go in a dump an’ put the B on the boss.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 156: If he couldn’t put the bee on Brightlights for the twenty-five bucks he was going to find out just how ex that pug really was.‘Prison Mass’ in|
|‘Solid Meddlin’’ in People’s Voice (NY) 21 Mar. 33/1: [B]rother Shoebrush [...] the smooth stepper, is puttin’ the bee on Daisy to tell.|
|Knock on Any Door 322: ‘I gotta put the bee on you for the night. Christ! – I can’t sleep out in this!’ Nick said, ‘Sure thing, Kid!’ and pulled what money he had out of his pocket.|
|Augie March (1996) 269: You don’t have to tell me why you don’t put the bee on your brother.|
|(con. 1950-1960) Dict. Inmate Sl. (Walla Walla, WA) 4: B – to beg or mooch. ‘Moe put the B on me’.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 790: bee – To beg or borrow.|
|Thief 191: Let’s not crap around with each other. If I was going to put the bee on you, I’d have done it last night.|
2. (US, also put the B on) to swindle, to hoax, to victimize.
|Mr. Jackson 129: ’Frisco kin put the bee on all of ’em [...] I wonder if them elbows are still at it.|
|Kid Scanlon 304: ‘Somebody put the bee on us!’ howls Honest Dan, wringin’ his hands.|
|We Who Are About to Die 206: If you try to put the bee on guys like that [i.e. con-men], the bee will turn round and bite you, an’ serve you right.|
|Popular Detective Apr. 🌐 If you’re working your way through college, don’t try to put the bee on me.‘No PLace Like Homicide’ in|
|Mildred Pierce (1985) 382: You put the bee on him and say that’s what he’s been up to all along.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 161: Clip clap joint where fraudulent girls put the B on you.|
3. (US) to denigrate, to criticise.
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 19 Dec. 9/5: I defy any of ’em to put the bee on my cookin’ .Vaudevillians in|
4. to sue.
|Spicy Detective Apr. 🌐 She might put the bee on you for sending threats through the U. S. Mail.‘Murder Salvage’ in|
5. of a woman, to pursue a man with the intention of marriage.
|Night Unto Night 335: Anyhow, she put the bee on me and I finally gave in.|
6. to tax.
|Popular Detective Apr. 🌐 The Gs were after a firm down on Pearl Street for evading the bee that Uncle Sam puts on citizens.‘No Place Like Homicide’ in|
7. (US) to quash, to bring to an end, to ruin [initial letter of ‘bag’ in SE put the bag on, to halt, to interfere with, to bring to a standstill].
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xiv: It is something fierce the way these reformers are trying to put the bee on our pleasures.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 159: The old boy most fortunately got the idea that I was off my rocker and put the bee on the proceedings.|
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 98: Hell! You’re the guy that put the bee on that hot rod.‘Finger Man’ in|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 27 Jan. 7/1: That certain fay writer [...] was the guy who put the old ‘bee’ on the long-delayed Negro book [...] from the Federal Writers Project.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus./N.Z.) a tiny or insignificant amount.
|Sydney Morn. Herald 21 May n.p.: ‘If I was a second out it would have been easier to accept but I was only a bee’s dick out’.|
|Age (Melbourne) 14 July n.p.: ‘We were a bee’s dick away from finishing their [i.e. Melbourne’s] season, but we didn’t have enough mongrel to put them away’ .|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(orig. US) small female breasts; also as adj.
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|in Aus. Slanguage.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 45: Skinny gooks [...] and fireteams of teenaged whores who flashed bee-sting tits at us.|
|Las Vegas for Visitors at govegas.about.com 🌐 This place [i.e. Cheetahs Topless Club] has every imaginable funbag, from bee stings to feeding bottles to structurally engineered whamdanglers.|
(UK juv.) a police officer.
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 395: Nicknames current among boys [...] Brass Bonce, Busy Bee, Cop, Copper.|