1. (US Und.) a hunchback [the hunchbacked King Richard III].
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 317/1: Richard, a deformed man, generally a hunchback.|
|‘Humphrey Dickens’ in Bob Smith’s Clown Song and Joke Bk 13: What an excellent ‘Richard,’ I’d make.|
2. (US Und., also Mr Richard) a detective [play on dick n.5 (2)].
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 70: richard [...] A detective. Derived from the process of nicknaming, but in reverse of the usual custom. Thus from the term ‘detective’, ‘dick’ was suggested and hence ‘Richard’ was derived.|
|‘Thieves’ Sl.’ Toronto Star 19 Jan. 2/5: DETECTIVE Bull, dick, Mr Richard.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|DAUL 177/1: Richard (Variant of Dick). A detective or plainclothesman; (loosely) any policeman.et al.|
|Master List [Internet] a.k.a. the masturbator list [...] bopping richard.|
(Aus.) to be finished or exhausted, to be irreparably damaged.
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxv 6/1: had the richard: Tired, weary, same as frigged.|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 95: ‘This strike’s just about had the dick,’ Chilla said, returning from his diplomatic mission.|
|Smoke Signal (Palm Island) May 2: The D.LP. were almost put out of business... They’ve had the richard [AND].|
|Boozing out in Melbourne Pubs 44: What he didn’t know [...] was that actually she had shot through to London with another feller [...] He was going to discover at the end of the three months that he’d had the richard.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 28: Had the claw: Something or someone is buggered. Normally used in reference to a piece of machinery which will no longer work as in, ‘Sorry, mate, but your washing machine’s had the bloody claw.’ Pieces of machinery can also be deemed to have had the ‘sword’, ‘Richard’ or ‘Dick’.|
|‘Aussiespeak’ [Internet] When something is broken or out of order, we say: Its all screwed up..../ had the dick, had the gong, had the Richard, had the ridgy didge (although that is what we call the fridge!), had the sword.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 223: The old feller [...] carelessly chucked the spark plug into the darkness [...] and said, ‘It’s had the dick’.|
|Aus. Motorcycle Resources [Internet] Raining too hard? Bike’s had the richard? Why not settle back with a good book from Pitstop, Australia’s largest motoring bookshop.|
see big dick under big adj.
see swinging dick under swinging adj.2