Green’s Dictionary of Slang

juice n.1

1. in financial and associated contexts, often illegal or corrupt.

(a) the profits of a profession or office.

[UK]Latimer Letter to Baynton in Works II (1845) 325: If I would do as some men say my lord doth, gather up my joyse (as we call it) warily and narrowly, and yet neyther preach for it in mine owne cure nor yet otherwhere.

(b) (later use US) money, esp. from bribery, corruption, loan-sharking; also attrib.

[UK]N. Ward London Spy I 8: He has good friends at Newgate, who gives him now and then a Squeeze when he is full of Juice.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Juno and the Paycock Act III: Wasn’t it a mercy o’ God that I’d nothin’ to give him! The softy I am, you know, I’d ha’ lent him me last juice!
[US]Weseen Dict. Amer. Sl. 296: [Money] Juice – Money in general.
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 246: C’m on; let’s have the juice, an’ be done with it!
[US]‘Toney Betts’ Across the Board 257: The bogus agent even went to the bank with the tycoon for the juice.
[US]N.Y. Times 9 June 1:29: At least two murders and perhaps more have been connected to the loan shark or ‘juice’ racket.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 189: Juice [...] (c) corrupt payments, (d) money generally.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 99: There was ‘juice’ for when we had a bad week and had to go to the loan sharks for a little extra money ourselves.
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 392: Ain’t no shortage of little . . . brothers on them streets wantin a chance at some real juice.
[UK]Guardian Guide 13–19 May 52: You get more juice when you do it with a clown.

(c) protection money.

[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
J. Roe Same Old Grind 1: Mahmoud can't afford the juice. A burlesque house takes lots of juice.

(d) (US) political or criminal influence; anything involving corruption, pay-offs, favours.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: Juice, corrupt influence (shake-down) for protection to operate unlawfully.
[US]C. Stoker Thicker ’n Thieves 42: The underworld refers to police officers as ‘the enemy.’ Its members allude to police protection as ‘juice’.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 125: Dino must be out of his gourd [...] unless he’s got giant juice.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 184: I’ve got long juice with this dude.
[US]Ice-T ‘Six in the Morning’ 🎵 Back on the streets after five and a deuce / Seven years later but still had the juice.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 254: Why didn’t D.A. Ellis Loew [...] use his legal juice to force the LAPD to track down the Sister’s slayer?
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 113: She is convinced that women who have enough ‘juice’ – her word for power or connections – do not have to go out on missions or do anything out of the way to obtain the drug [...] ‘Juice’ also signifies being physically appealing.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 195: He spots Kansas and cracks the gate open long before the hour. As they say here, ‘Kansas got juice!’.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 100: Even if he was never going to get out [of solitary confinement], he had major juice.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 42: The Flynn boys, they had juice. If they stayed smart their future was set.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Old Scores [ebook] ‘He have any juice at the Ministry?’.
[US]Rayman & Blau Riker’s 372: He was a very powerful union leader. He had a lot of juice.

(e) (US gambling) a bookmaker’s percentage.

[US]‘Toney Betts’ Across the Board 101: Commissioners got a five per cent kickback on the losers [...] the juice as they called it.
[US]D. Jenkins Baja Oklahoma 346: He had pleased Susan, his wife, by giving the Trinity Episcopal Church a $1,100 contribution. The church had only wanted $1,000, but Foster thought the church ought to get the juice just like the bookmaker.

(f) recognition, publicity, respect.

[US]N.Y. Times 4 Dec. 2:13: The important thing now is I got juice as an actor [...] That means you can choose your material.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 21: Work to earn him juice with the D.A.’s office.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 393: The blacks, especially, had no juice. The very fact that they would even talk to the ‘chief pig’ closed them off from their brothers.
[US]Simon & Mills ‘React Quotes’ Wire ser. 5 ep. 5 [TV script] We can’t do much with this story unless we give it enough juice.
[US]N. Walker Cherry 75: ‘Leave your parole officer to me,” I said. “I’m in the Army. We’ve got a lot of juice these days’.
[US]T. Pluck Boy from County Hell 245: ‘Friend of your family’s [...] Using their juice to avoid his debts’.

(g) (US) interest on a debt or loan, also attrib.

[US]W.S. Hoffman Loser 127: ‘For your own sake, I wish it was juice or a book who had you hooked. I can deal with them. The other night the syndicate was threatening to blow this guy's head off for missing a juice payment’.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 87: The juice’s six. It’s the normal.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 128: Soon as I’m hitched I can pay you off. With juice.
[UK]Observer Screen 1 Aug. 6: Juice: the interest paid to a loanshark.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 34: I can pay your weekly juice.

2. lit. or fig. bodily fluids [despite chronology as determined by available cits. seems likely that sense b came first as it does with jism n.].

(a) (also cock juice, cunt juice, prick juice) semen or vaginal fluid; 1719 cit. is double entendre.

[UK]Rochester ‘To a Lady in a Letter’ in Works (1999) 25: While I my passion to persue / Am whole nights taking in / The justy juice of Grapes, take you / The juice of Lusty Men!
[UK]Rochester ‘A Ramble in St. James’s Park’ in Works (1999) 78: Each job of whose Spermatick Sluce, / Had fill’d her Cunt with wholsome Juice.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 237: Then cou’d I but I Lemon be, / How I would squeese, / Oh! how I wou’d squeese my Juice in thee.
[Scot]Robertson of Struan ‘On Mris. F-----n’ in Poems (1752) 82: Unless his full spermatick Sluice / Was ready to run o’er, / Who’d spill a Drop of wholsom Juice / On such a stinking Whore?
[Scot] ‘Miss Inglis’ in Ranger’s Impartial List of the Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh n.p.: She twists round you like an eel, and would not loose a drop of the precious juice of nature, not for a kingdom.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 65: She [has] all the exuberance of boiling health, as full of juice as the ripe cherry .
[UK]‘Bumper Allnight. Esquire’ Honest Fellow 165: Then could I but a lemon be, / How I would squeeze, Oh! how I would squeeze my juice in thee.
[UK] ‘Henry The Brave’ in Nobby Songster 16: Amazed, she wonders how he could produce, / In such short time the all dissolving juice.
[UK]‘Black Ey’d Sal’ in Facetious Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 271: I carry no commodities / But what are fit for use — / Then have it, sir, and take my word, / You’ll find it [i.e. her vagina] full of juice.
[UK]Cythera’s Hymnal 66: The fumes of stale cunt juice, and prick juice arise.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 157: There was an old man of Balbriggan, / Who cunt juice was frequently swigging.
[UK]‘Experiences of a Cunt Philosopher’ in Randiana 71: My hearth-rug gave ample good proof that she was by no means wanting in juice.
[UK]Sheaves from an Old Escritoire 96: Charlie has a fearfully large prick, and when he squirted his juice imto [sic] me, I felt it almost enter my stomach.
[US]Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: DOUBLE FUCK, Man on top, his Nose in her Ass, and his Tongue in her Cunt, his Prick in her Mouth, both swallowing the Juice, (Extra Fine) $10.00.
[US] in Delacoste & Alexander Sex Work (1988) 238: I am surging along with your life blood, coursing in the secret places of your body. I cannot escape the rhythmic spurt of your love juices.
[US] in P. Smith Letter from My Father (1978) 98: She would take the juice from my cock and together we would rub it all over our bodies.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 296: My cunt juice would spatter like rain.
[US]Walter Davis ‘Root Man Blues’ 🎵 There is one thing baby: you want the root all by yourself [...] the root I’m selling: from it you get lots of juice.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 84: The room is heavy with the stink of cunt juice.
[US]W. Guthrie Seeds of Man (1995) 271: She opened her legs to feel my fingers play with her till she got soaking wet with the juice between her legs.
[US]in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 411: She’s the yellow Rose of Taegu, the girl that I adore. / Her cunt it smells like cock juice; she’s a good two-dollar whore.
[UK]‘Count Palmiro Vicarion’ Limericks 32: But my cunt juice would spatter like rain.
[US]H. Huncke in Huncke’s Journal (1998) 8: Plunging deeper as bursting jets of hot juice stream forth.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 24: Fanny swimming with juice.
[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 195: He [...] rolled the rest of it on over his cock makin’ sure the hole was there where his juice came out.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 46: His mustache starched with cunt juice.
[US]N. Eastwood Gardener Got Her n.p.: Hot sticky juice began to leak from the dark cleft at the head of his cock. ‘What’s that stuff?’ she asked. ‘Cock juice,’ Howard said.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 286: ‘I wonder what happens to all that – all that sap.’ [...] ‘Does it curdle, do you mean?’ ‘I’m sorry.’ ‘No no. Its quite all right. Does the moisture . . . does the juice?’.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 229: ‘Hey, you a pussy sucker,’ I cursed [...] ‘Love it, too [...] That juice just dribbling down your face.’.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 149: Annalise [...] tensely wipes herself [...] Mind you, the juice she’d produced, she’d want to.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 33: Another load of pearly spaz juice almost blinded her.
[US]‘Hornypig10’ ‘Just a Bastard’ 🌐 I couldn’t believe that my little sister was actually coming and shooting pussy juice so well.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 123: Oh she was a wet one, drowning in her juice, which would soon be sluicing around Tiger.

(b) spirit, vitality, energy, usu. sexual.

[UK]Fifteen Comforts of Cuckoldom 5: Old Flesh she Loath’d, as having in it left / No Gravy, and all of all it’s Juice bereft.
[US]H.L. Wilson Merton of the Movies 165: Go on, now boys, do it again and pep it, see. Turn the juice on.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 35: The sad thing about her is that the juice has been cut off.
[US]I. Wolfert Tucker’s People (1944) 116: The old man had been a fun-loving hell-raiser once upon a time. But [...] there was hardly any juice left in him.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 144: Why don’t you fellows try my orgone accumulator? Put some juice in your bones.
[US]H. Sackler Great White Hope III v: The nigger can’t do it — he’s hittin but he’s outa juice! The nigger’s punched out!
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 14: It made him almost wish he was sixteen again, mindless and full of juice.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 149: Her whole body used to be like that before life sucked the juice out of her.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 93: She put the glide back in my stride, my juices were flowing again.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 274: The old BMW had lost its juice; Jap cars and domestics passed him on either side.

(c) blood, thus juiced, bloodstained.

[UK](con. 1824) Fights for the Championship 80: He again napped it severely, and again was the juice spilled profusely.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Victoria (Melbourne) 5 Sept. 3/1: Some heavy give-and-take fighting followed, Tom getting more juice from the Slasher’s right cheek.
[Scot]Glasgow Herald 20 Apr. 4/3: The poliotenes of the ring does not admit the use of the word ‘blood,’ and it is therefore converted into ‘juice’.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 406: At the close of my juice-drained days am waiting for death.
[Aus] (ref. to 1810s–50s) Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 21/4: Those writers [i.e. on prize-fighting] seemed to fight very shy of the word ‘blood’; instead, they referred to it as ‘ruby,’ ‘carmine,’ ‘claret,’ [...] ‘cochineal,’ ‘juice,’ ‘crimson,’ ‘vermilion,’ ‘Burgundy,’ and so on.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Death’s Passport’ in Goodstone Pulps (1970) 115/2: I don’t like corpses [...] especially when they leak a lot of juice.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 49: [I] held what I could while trickling through my fingers ran my juices sweet as life.
[US]C. Heath A-Team 2 (1984) 144: Ain’t gonna let you pump any of Murdock’s crazy juice into me, fool!
410 ‘Four Door Coming’ 🎵 2 hands on a stick, man I’m tryna catch me a body / Niggas know juice garn spill, if you see me riding with Dotty.
[UK]Unknown T ‘Mad about Bars’ 🎵 Bro got juice on my favourite shirt, so I burnt that top.
[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Juiced - bloodstained.

(d) (US black teen) vomit.

[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 320: I [...] retched and heaved and spit, until someone hollered: ‘[...] For crap’s sake, Jack, watch your juice!’.

(e) (US gay) sweat.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 119: juice [...] 3. body sweat.

(f) (US) ‘the daylights’, or a fig. use of urine, i.e. piss n. as in such phr. as knock/scare the juice out of.

[US] oral testimony in Lighter HDAS II.

(g) (US black) sexual intercourse.

[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 161: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Juice. Jah. Jook.

3. drink or drugs.

(a) alcohol, wine.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 20: Come, therefore, blades, to this divine liquor, and celestial juice, swill it over heartily, and spare not!
[UK]N. Ward London Spy V 117: By this time we had Tippled off our Salubrious Juice.
[UK]T. Brown Letters from the Dead to the Living in Works (1760) II 190: A punch-bowl, fill’d with such incomparable Heliconian juice.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 224: Let’s wet the whistle of the Muse, / That sings the praise of every Juice.
[UK]R. King New London Spy 70: We called for some good Batavian juice [i.e. gin] and made a bowl of humming stuff.
[UK]G. Parker Humorous Sketches 47: He call’d for plenty of the juice he lov’d.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Nov. I 50: We drank his health [...] in the genuine juice of Burgundy.
[Aus]P. Cunningham New South Wales II 209: A different style to what he would probably have done had he not imbibed such an over-dose of the juice.
[US]Wkly Marysville Trib. (OH) 6 Jan. 1/3: ‘I’m willing to go the juice for the crowd’.
[Aus]Coburg Leader (Vic.) 12 Jan. 2/5: At St Leonards they sell the ‘juice’ by the yard.
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 11 Sept. 20/4: The little woman trotting after him [...] so’s she can be on the job of seeing to it that he doesn’t toss any more juice in.
[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Apr. 4/3: For two days Billjim longed in vain for the forbidden juice, but on the evening of the third day a truck containing 40 cases of ‘Oh be joyful’ was shunted on the siding, and two gaunt camels proceeded to take it […] to the Canteens.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 269: I can’t remember one Case in which a Lush went to the Bad because of a low-down craving for the old Juice.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 173: There sat one in whom the old familiar juice was splashing up against the back of the front teeth.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 21: At the Bucket of Blood, a café on Madison Street, we sold the juice for close to $200.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 102: He stepped out to get me a tankard of the old familiar juice.
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 52: I got a pint of juice.
[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 79: Always willing to give the kids a little of the juice.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Senior Citizen Caine’ Minder [TV script] 6: We’re talking top notch falling-down juice here Charlie.
[US]J. Ridley Love Is a Racket 27: All I want is a little juice to help the afternoon go by.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 81: Gimme the juice.
[Aus] A. Bergen ‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] A gargle with Listerine was [...] needed to mask the juice on my breath.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 183: I need a juice, come we go shop.
[US]J. Hannaham Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 221: ‘The brother couldn’t get loose without his juice’.

(b) (US) whisky or any other strong liquor.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 23 Nov. 1/3: [T]hey or their pals might obtain the price of a ‘juice’ by helping to catch it [i.e. a runaway horse].
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 325: juice, n. Whisky.
H. Ellson Duke 101: It was a bottle of juice, good stuff.
[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 30: He takes the juice to bed with him.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 227: The barman poured a double Old Forester [...] the juice warmed him.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 22: Numb yourself with some [...] juice and nurse your anger .

(c) (US milit.) tea.

L.N. Smith Lingo of No Man’s Land 48: JUICE Tea.

(d) (US Und.) any form of alcohol illicitly made inside a prison.

[US]F. Elli Riot (1967) 57: Keep an eye on the juice.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 70: Juice a catch-all term used to mean any type of alcoholic beverage, whether it is homemade or manufactured.

(e) any form of drugs, esp. heroin or methadone in liquid, phencyclidine, crack cocaine; in prison use, the tranquillizer Largactil.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 16: [of opium] That oriental hunch juice ain’t so bad [...] I’ll have to try it again. I wonder if I can bull this pill roller into selling me a jolt.
[US](con. 1930s–50s) D. Wells Night People 118: Juice. Liquor. Also marijuana.
E.F. Droge Patolman 143: Usually, heroin addicts offered little resistance—the opium content of the ‘juice’ they shot into their veins sapping their strength.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 58: They must have picked him up again when he checked at the methadone clinic where Rooski often begged state juice.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 159: She ain’t saying she ain’t getting down. She just want some juice to set her loose.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 96/2: juice, the n. 1 = jungle juice (senses 1 and 2).
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 161: He was a rasta [...] He had ended up in the hospital on the ‘slow-me-down juice’, his words, when the screws had tried to cut his hair on reception.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 233: [of Dexedrine] The juice jolt wore down.

(f) (US) beer.

[US]J. Rechy City of Night 138: Shoot, I had juice before. Me an my brothers, we used to get really juiced up.

(g) (S.Afr.) methylated spirits, as drunk by alcoholics.

[SA]cited in J. & W. Branford Dict. S. Afr. Eng. (1991).

(h) steroids, thus as v. to take steroids.

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 13: Juice — [...] steroids.
[US]D.R. Pollock ‘Discipline’ in Knockemstiff 118: [A]ll he had on was a pair of radiant white briefs. I’d heard he’d been hitting the juice, but I had no idea how much size he’d gained.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] [They would] take the vans apart soon as they got off the truck, then dole out the juice to their people. Then that guy’d take the ’roids to a gym, distribute to all the gym rats.
[US]S.M. Jones Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘Steroids?’ ‘Heck, no [...] Juicing’s for punks. I used to bench guys for juicing’.

(i) in horse-racing, some form of drug that alters a horse’s performance.

[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Zero at the Bone [ebook] ‘The juice. What is it?’ ‘Dunno what it’s called. Elephant juice? Horse goey? To be used sparingly, is all I know. Works on the dogs, too’.

(j) any form of emotional stimulant, drug-based or otherwise.

[US]D. Winslow ‘Broken’ in Broken 3: [H]er son always liked the juice—whether it’s adrenaline, beer, whiskey or a horse race at Jefferson Downs.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 120: The truth juice wore off [...] I snoozed on the gurney.

4. fuel.

(a) electricity; also attrib.

[US]Boston Herald 25 Dec. 4/5: Now we know what a blessing the trolley is — when the juice isn’t turned off [DA].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 9/2: As at present operated by the single-trolley system, the ‘juice’ from the big dynamos at Ultimo runs through heavy underground copper-cables up to the overhead trolley-wire [...].
[US]Eve. Herald (Klamath Falls, OR) 7 Feb. 1/3: Juice for Crook. H.V. Gates will construct immense power plant in Crook.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 34/2: Two years ago the ‘Wizard’ announced that he had solved the problem of electric storage so that a car should carry large reserves of ‘juice’ under the seats and in other nooks and crannies. He has launched a storage battery, but it is not the feather-light affair of infinite storage capacity he promised. And till that battery does eventuate electric cars will be confined entirely to cities where electricity is in such common use that fresh supplies of ‘juice’ can always be obtained at moderate prices.
[Aus]E.G. Dodd diary 10 Jan. 🌐 Newton and myself went to main lateral which is knocked in and was told Robertsons was in darkness, but as main lateral is in on the north of tunnel also it is impossible to get Juice through.
[US]S. Ornitz Haunch Paunch and Jowl 226: When the juice was turned on, it burned the leer upon his sallow pimply face.
[US]J.M. Cain Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 18: They got neon signs. They show up better, and they don’t burn as much juice.
[US]H. Wilson ‘I Was King of the Safecrackers’ in Hamilton Men of the Und. 141: Locating the juice that fed the alarm system.
[US]‘Blackie’ Audett Rap Sheet 220: He didn’t know that before the buttons would work, the armoury had to be called to turn on the juice.
[US]M. Rumaker Exit 3 and Other Stories 39: Jerking his thumb toward the elevator [...] ‘They don’t never get near ’nough juice to run it.’.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 240: Maybe use that wall-socket there for juice.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 70: ‘Have we got any juice, Nev?’ asked Wayne. Neville tried it, and to their relief a bare light bulb flickered on.
[US]Rebennack & Rummel Under A Hoodoo Moon 176: As soon as the crew realized he’d been electrocuted, they turned off the juice.
[US]J. Lethem Fortress of Solitude 428: Sing Sing’s the juice house, home of the chair.
[US]F. Bill Donnybrook [ebook] It was divided by a barbed fence [...] Ned warned her, ‘Don’t touch that. It’s running juice’.

(b) petrol.

[US]W.M. Raine Wyoming (1908) 136: ‘How did you ever find me?’ ‘Followed the track of the gas wagon to where it ran out of juice.’.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 84: You’ve got the juice. Throw on the reverse.
[US]Dos Passos Three Soldiers 325: Oi jus’ jammed the juice into the boike and made for the middle ’un. He dodged all right.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 133: Juice, The: [...] petrol.
[Aus]West. Mail (Perth) 24 Oct. 32/1: By keeping it [i.e. a car] ‘fed’ with any of the many ‘best’ brands of ‘juice,’ I would get long [...] life out of my newly-adopted charge.
[Aus]A. Marshall ‘You’re a Character’ in Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 64: ‘Out of petrol!’ I says [...] ‘Funny that,’ says Sam, lifting his lip at me. ‘She must be eatin’ up the juice.’.
[Aus](con. 1940s) E. Lambert Veterans 66: He handed me several petrol-ration tickets. ‘You can’t get juice just by asking for it, you know.’.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 77: At an isolated petrol station [...] Dennis stopped. ‘Need some juice.’.
[Aus]Adamson & Hanford Zimmer’s Essay 104: Watch the speedo. / Plant your foot until the big V8 starts to mainline juice.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 189: Juice (a) Petrol.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 64: These things [i.e. sports cars] suck up the juice, mate.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 41: I’ve driven you to the hospital near on twenty times [...] on my own juice.
[Aus]P. Doyle (con. 1969-1973) Big Whatever 27: I had the kid put a few bucks worth of juice in the tank.
[Ire]Breen & Conlon Hitmen 234: ‘I’m just sorting out the juice’.

(c) (US) mercury, as in a thermometer.

[US]J. London ‘Flush of Gold’ Complete Short Stories (1993) II 1297: Came on a cold snap. The juice went down forty, fifty, sixty below zero.

(d) (US Und.) nitroglycerine.

[US]J. Tully Beggars of Life 199: I’ll show you how to pour the juice and blow a safe.
[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 251: Soup, juice. Nitro-glycerine and samsonite (latter used by modern safe-breaker).
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 806: juice – Nitroglycerine.
[US]J. Breslin World of Jimmy Breslin (1968) 36: He belted out the restaurant with so much juice that the kitchen pots melted.

(e) energy.

[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I vi: Boy, boy, crazy boy – / Stay loose, boy! / Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it – / Turn off the juice, boy! / Go man, go, / But not like a yo / Yo school boy – / Just play it cool, boy.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]J. Ellroy Blood on the Moon 223: ‘[H]e had this weird kind of juice, like he could read your mind’.

(f) gas.

[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 119: Joss [...] put his head in the oven and turned on the juice and drank it in.

(g) of a vehicle, power.

[US]Dos Passos Three Soldiers 78: A Frenchman had just started his camion an’ I jumped in and said the gendarmes were after me [...] He shot the juice into her an’ went off like a bat out of hell.
[US]R. Shell Iced 70: It’s like a gangster with an Uzi. You’ve got mucho juice.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 102: Second gear in a V-12 Jag has got more juice than anything short of an Apollo 10.
[US]G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 49: It was your basic Taurus, outfitted with more horses than as legal, more juice than Ford used to put in its high-horse street model.

(h) lighter fluid.

[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] Me lighter is running short on juice, but there should be enough left to cook up this shot.

5. (US) gossip [it ‘lubricates’ communication].

[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 24: juice – Got the hot word [...] confidential information.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 juice n 1. ‘juicy’ gossip, secret information. (‘Mary just told me some serious juice about Cindy.’).

6. (US) the ability to make connections with the opposite sex.

[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 9: JUICE — connections to people of the opposite sex: ‘Mark has all the juice! I saw him with Amy last night’.

7. gunfire; the power of a weapon.

[US](con. 1970) S. Wright Meditations in Green (1985) 189: ‘Juice ’em,’ he shouted, ‘give ’em the fucking juice.’.
[US]A. Vachss Hard Candy (1990) 195: We’re in a firefight. Charlie’s winning—got too much juice for us.

8. enjoyment, satisfaction, stimulation [juice v. (4g)].

[US]K-9 Corp. ‘Dog Talk’ 🎵 I make plenty of juice, when I’m busting loose / I get funky with my rhymes like Mother Goose.
[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 225: The publican’s determination to wring the last drop of juice out of the situation.
[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 78: ‘I’m telling you this time the juice ain’t worth it’.

In derivatives

juiced (adj.)

1. of the human body, bulked-up by an intake of steroids.

[US]T. Pluck Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] He peered around the man’s juiced physique.
[US]D. Jenkins Stick a Fork In Me 170: Russia isn’t Russia anymore in sports, not without their juiced-up athletes .

2. see separate entry.

In compounds

juice box (n.) (also juice can)

(US) a battery.

[US] Miscellany’ in AS XVI:3 240/1: Juice Box. Battery.
Young & Hixson LSD 97: Yeah, the juice cans for the Panasonic [HDAS].
juice-freak (n.) [-freak sfx]

(US campus) a person who drinks, as opposed to taking drugs.

[US]Current Sl. VI 7: Juice freak, n. An alcoholic (who does not use drugs).
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 62: juice freak n Person who regularly drinks liquor, presumably instead of taking drugs.
H. Robbins Lonely Lady 343: ‘He’s a juice freak like you.’ JeriLee took out the pitcher of iced tea and made herself a drink.
L. Henschel Short Stories of Vietnam 86: I’m a pot head, and Blooms here is a juice freak.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 35: I check the slit trenches for non-hackers, juice freaks, and heads.
C.F. Mori In Between the Rails 36: He was what his fraternity brothers referred to as a ‘juice freak.’ Beer, and rum and Coke were just fine with him.
juice-head (n.) (also juice-fiend, juice-hound) [-head sfx (4)/-hound sfx]

(US) a heavy drinker, an alcoholic; thus as a derog. term of address, also attrib.

Dly Jrnl (Salem, OR) 28 Mar. 2/3: She pounds the track and thumps along, / Till juice-fiends don’t know where they’re at.
[US]Billboard 12 Jan. 30/3: Juice Head Baby, a slow race blues about a gal who is drunk all the time.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 29: If the juice-head got to sing let him sing Galway Bay or something.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 67: [...] unless you count the juicehound on the couch.
[US]T. Wolfe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 212: The heads rapped over Owsley blues like old juice heads drawling over that famous onetime brand [...] Fairfax County Bourbon.
[US]D. Goines Daddy Cool (1997) 67: Get your ass in the bathroom and wash your mouth out [...] I don’t want the people to think I brought a juice-head along with me.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 43: You got that look, nervous like, of a juicehead on the wagon.
[US]J. Ellroy Because the Night 212: The juice hounds inside the bar said it sounded like a tommy gun.
[US]H. Harrison Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 40: That’s the direction, juice-head, that line scratched in the sand.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 128: Shut up, juicehead.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 170: Juiceheads hangin’ out by the State on Kilburn High.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 279: Unlike some of my post-Beat buddies who looked down on alcohol as the province of [...] ‘juiceheads,’ I had no such elitist pretensions.
[US]J. Stahl Happy Mutant Baby Pills 41: Juiceheads for Jesus. The Double J’s.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 10: I bought the juicehead judge in four of Jack Webb’s drunk-driving beefs.
juice jerker (n.) (also hop-juice jerker)

1. a beer-seller, i.e. a publican or barmaid.

Delphos Weekly Herald (US) 25 Aug. 3: The hop juice jerker [...] attempts to defend himself in the unlawful and disreputable business of selling beer to little boys.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 2 June 2/1: After the love-lorn dodderer had purchased the jewellery, etc. the juice jerker wedded the son.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Mar. 2/1: A Lotharian proprietor of a Plympton sly groggery ignores the paralysed policeman [...] the denizens of Duke-street smile at his agility as a juice-jerker.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 4 Dec. 6/8: Amongst racecourse barmen, the cash-taker, who sits aloft and generally sees that the juice-jerkers don’t give customers double change, is called the ‘top squint’.
[Aus]Western Mail (Perth) 26 Feb. 33/1: ‘Finish up yer beer,’ me cobber sez, an’ ’e beckoned the juice jerker over to our side with ’is ’ead.

2. (US) an electrician.

Radio 6 71: McGuffy had by this time begun to cherish the idea of becoming a full fledged juice jerker with the United Company.
B. Fawcett Railways of the Andes 138: Pulling a polished button in the switch-box above his seat, the juice-jerker raises one of the two pantographs.
W.L. Priest (ref. to WWII)Swear Like a Trooper 129/1: juice jerker USAAF (WWII) an electrician.
juice joint (n.) [joint n. (3b)]

1. (US) a tavern, a bar, any establishment selling liquor or occas. soft drinks.

[US]Coconino Sun (AZ) 4 Nov. 3/1: They also took with them unrecipted bills from [...] the jugged juice joint.
[US]Little Falls Herald (MN) 31 Mar. 3/3: How to Operate the Shell Game with Profit [...] Hunch him [i.e. the loser] over to the juice joint and throw the bull con, but lead him off the lot before he gets hep and makes a roar for his wad, or starts a clemm.
[US]K. Nicholson Barker 149: Juice joint – Soft drink stand.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Prison Parlance’ in AS IX:1 27: juice joint. A speakeasy.
[US]C. Rawson Headless Lady (1987) 29: A grab joint is a hot-dog stand; a grease joint is a lunch wagon or stand; a juice joint the lemonade -.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 266: You know that juice joint up on the second floor.
[US]G. Lea Somewhere There’s Music 35: She tells me I should kick my habits and figure out what I really want out of life besides six lonely nights a week in a juice joint.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 296: There’s a juice joint over there [...] let us cop righteous on the grog.
[US]H. Harrison Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 162: No communal shoot-ups, orgies, juice-joints, reefers [etc.].
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 134: This dink owns a juice joint out in the Valley.

2. (US gambling) a crooked gambling establishment operating electronically controlled games.

[US]D. Maurer in Lang. of Und. (1981) 187: Juice-joint. A gambling house where electric dice are used.
[US]J. Scarne Complete Guide to Gambling 378: The croupier in a juice joint (gambling house which has an electromagnetic wheel) can successfully operate the gaff only when the wheel is spinning very slowly.
[US]T. Thackrey Gambling Secrets of Nick The Greek 80: You’ll find accounts of a device called a ‘juice-joint’.

3. as sense 1, but operated illegally (e.g. in a private home) and after store hours, without a license and selling untaxed liquor.

[US]Knapp Commission Report Dec. 145: Juice joints, which are essentially unlicensed and untaxed package stores operating out of hallways or private apartments, sell liquor and wine by the bottle when licensed liquor stores are closed.

4. (drugs) a marijuana cigarette sprinkled with crack cocaine.

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 13: Juice joint — Marijuana cigarette sprinkled with crack.
juice man (n.)

1. (US) an electrician.

[US]N.Y. Times VIII 7 Oct. 4: Juiceman: Electrician in a vaudeville theatre [HDAS].
[UK]D.P. Mannix Sword-Swallower 75: During the clem the townies had cut the cable running to the juice truck [...] The juice crew had worked all Monday to repair the damage. The juice man came round to say we had current.
[US]W. Keyser ‘Carny Lingo’ in 🌐 Juice Man — The carnival electrician.

2. (US) an influential person.

G.E. Allen Presidents Who Have Known Me 216: Some people, if they bother to think about it at all, might think I'm a big Washington juice man myself.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 27: You can do it . . . You’re the juice man around this camp.

3. (US Und.) the collector of loans for an illegal money-lender.

[US]N.Y. Times 20 Aug. 1:35: [He] often must make a loan from a ‘juice man’, a loan which may involve an interest rate of 20 per cent a week.
juice road (n.)

(US tramp) an electric railway.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 112: Juice Road. – An electric railway, usually an interurban line, on which the motive power is ‘juice.’.
Railroad Mag. 60-1 98: On a juice road, electric current generated in a powerhouse is fed through wires to traction motors to pull tonnage uphill.
juice session (n.)

a drinking session.

[US]‘Lord Buckley’ Hiparama of the Classics 23: He was the kind of a Cat that went over to a little Juice Session with one of his friends – ‘Come on over daddy-O, we drink up a little juice and everything be cool!’.
juice slinger (n.)

(US black) a bartender.

‘Marienne’ ‘Solid Meddlin’’ in People’s Voice (NY) 14 Mar. 33/2: Ace juice slinger Big Scotty.

In phrases

big juice (n.)

(US black) a white gang-boss.

[US]H.E. Roberts Third Ear n.p.: big juice n. a big-time white racketeer, believed to enjoy police protection.
blow one’s juice (v.)

to reach orgasm.

[US]‘Faith McDonald’ ‘Malcolm Learns from Francis’ Pt 5 on Nifty Erotic Stories Archive 🌐 Then at the same fucking rate he blew his juice right into his brother’s awaiting ass.
get the juice (v.)

(US Und.) to be executed in the electric chair.

[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I x: If I bumped him off [...] and we was caught, we’d get the juice for it.
[US]R. Whitfield Green Ice (1988) 37: We found him dead in his cell this morning [...] Better than getting the juice.
jerk the juice (v.)

to work behind a bar.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 29 Oct. 4/8: Every girl or man who’s jerked the juice / Has seen him on the burst.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

wreck the hoose juice (n.)

(Scots) Buckfast Tonic Wine. 15 Oct. 🌐 [I]t has earned Buckfast nicknames like ‘wreck the hoose juice’ as well as the catchy unofficial slogan: ‘Buckfast: gets you fucked fast’.