Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blower n.2

1. a pipe.

[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: blower. A pipe. How the swell funks his blower and lushes red tape; what a smoke the gentleman makes with his pipe, and drinks brandy.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 26: Paul here reappeared with the pipe; and the dame, having filled the tube, leaned forward, and lighted the Virginian weed from the blower of Mr. Dunnaker.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.

2. (US) a liar.

[US]H.L. Williams Gay Life in N.Y. 89: You’re a blower, I didn’t double team you.

3. a braggart; also attrib. [blow v.1 (1e)].

[US]‘Ned Buntline’ G’hals of N.Y. 197: ‘You’re a blower – a shyster – a fou-fou!’ said Ralph, contemptuously.
Eve. Standard (US) 10 Dec. n.p.: General Grant is not one of the blower generals.
[US] ‘I Wish I’d a Shilling a Day!’ in Fred Shaw’s Champion Comic Melodist 38: You’re an old blower, you know, Jimmy Green.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: Hear what this blower said the other day [...] that by political influence he had managed to stave off his trial.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 584: Blow, to, in the sense of boasting, is probably an Americanism [...] Hence also the noun blower, a braggart, with special reference to his success in imitating Baron Munchausen.
[US]J.H. Nicholson ‘Bunkum in Parvo’ in Opal Fever 112: Go ahead you big blower.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Colonial Reformer III 149: A regular Sydney man thinks all Victorians are blowers and speculators.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 186: For the German tramp, though a great talker and ‘blower,’ is a coward.
[US]B.L. Bowen ‘Word-List From Western New York’ in DN III:vi 437: blower, n. A braggart. ‘That fellow’s a great blower’.
[US]M.G. Hayden ‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in DN IV:iii 201: blower, a braggart.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Shadow of a Gunman Act II: That little blower, Tommy Owens; there he was tellin’ everybody that he knew where there was bombs.

4. (US) an aggressive individual.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: As soon as he was ‘cop’d’ he ‘slugged’ the officer [...] But the big blower, afraid of the consequences, ‘squared’ it.

5. a telephone; esp. in phr. on the blower [following on f. the earlier ‘speaking tubes’ down which one had to blow to alert the other person; note bookmaker jargon blower, the betting shop public address system that broadcasts races, odds and results].

[UK]E. Wallace More Educated Evans in Edgar Wallace Race Special (1932) 110: I heard it on the telephone. [...] They got that price from the blower round at the Arts Club .
[UK]E. Raymond Marsh 457: Depends on how soon the other bogey gets on the blower and phones his station.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Loving (1978) 68: I’ll take up with those merchants what they’ve delivered short, what they owe me, on the blower.
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 94: I asked the Katz pair if I could use their blower, and called up Suze’s W.2 apartment.
[Aus]B. Hesling Dinkumization or Depommification 94: The head cleaner got on the blower to a doctor.
[UK]M. Novotny Kings Road 102: Why shouldn’t we say ‘hello’ on the blower?
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 224: I think I saw someone on the blower when I came in.
[UK]L. Cody Bad Company 15: He couldn’t wait to get on the blower to Rentokil and get the place fumigated.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 70: Shane has decided to visit his oldies. He gets on the blower and tells them he’s coming over Sundy.
[UK] in G. Tremlett Little Legs 154: They come on the blower and say they won’t be screening it.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] The guy gets on the blower to the man on the front gate.
[UK]Guardian 12 Nov. 35: Getting on the blower seeking the opinion of yours truly.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: There are only 400 tickets, so make like U-Roy and get on the blower now.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 21: They would be on the blower to the Old Bill.
567 Talk Radio on Cape Radio 2 Mar. [radio] Give us a shout on the blower.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 299: Sick Boy’s on the blower ta farking Scotland now, running up the bill.
[Aus]N. Cummins Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] VITAL AUSSIE VERNACULAR Telephone: 1. Al Capone 2. Dog and Bone 3. Blower.

6. (US) a broken-down horse [NB Aus. bookmaker j. blower, a horse, initially a favourite, whose odds lengthen].

[Can] in Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald 22 Mar. 14/4: A wind-broken horse is a roarer or a blower.

7. an annoying person.

Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] blower n 1. a person or object that erred. (‘You blower!’).

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