1. any group of people working under one manager.
|McClure’s Mag. Apr. 661/1: Kelly and his ‘stable’ as the retinue of rubbers and ‘workout’ boxers are known to the devotees of pugilism, had been at Ocean View [DA].|
|Top Notch 1 Apr. [Internet] ‘Lucky’ Watson—one of the pushovers in Murray Bain’s stable.‘The Might That Failed’ in|
|Short Stories (1937) 184: Dane was one of Sol’s stable, fresh from Minnesota.‘Twenty-five Bucks’ in|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 45: [of boxers] You come to work for me [...] building up a stable and handling the boys.|
|My Life and Loves in Greenwich Village (1961) 100: The Village novelist had a ‘stable’ of chorus girls at his estate.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 113: The ‘Gestapo’ are a group of boxers all training at one ‘stable’.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 437: I was still in the Dieterling stable, but I was a boy ingenue.|
2. a group of prostitutes working for a pimp; occas. referring to heterosexual males.
|[||Hic et Ubique II ii: That stable that admits of all sorts of horses to litter in, now and then meets with a running Nag].|
|Front Page Act III: You and your Goddam stable of tarts!|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 164: I’m going to have you in my stable one of these days.|
|Iceman Cometh Act II: Lay off dem. Harry’s party ain’t no time to beat up your stable.|
|USA Confidential 28: Most croupiers and dealers usually have from three to five girls in their stables.|
|Scene (1996) 34: Marsha Lee was [...] eternally grieving about the new arrivals to her man’s stable.|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 86: ‘Who’s Slim?’ I asked. ‘My — ‘ she hesitated. ‘My boy friend. Looks after you real well. Got the best stable in Sydney’.|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 210: This Lesbian, a beautiful white woman, had a male Negro stable [...] She supplied negro males, on order, to well-to-do white women.|
|Street Players 15: That’s why I got a stable of good young whores instead of some dopefiend bitches that shoot up all the profit.|
|Union Dues (1978) 182: She’d seen Jacqui get hit on, and Bernice and Natalie from Fleetwood Mack’s stable both hop into passing cars.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 137: I ain’t been running a stable for some time, Mike.|
|Spidertown (1994) 25: That little pimp kid Careta, who [...] had set up a fine stable of young rentable pussy.|
|Cartoon City 119: He even had a stable of women that he ran. I think he’s got brothels and massage parlours all over the country.|
|My Lives 123: I had a (male) madam [...] who would call up boys in his stable.|
3. (US) a group of regular prostitute’s clients.
|In the Life 12: Was just getting hot in the business. Was getting my own stable of steady Johns.|
4. (US) on model of sense 2, a sadist’s collection of masochists.
|Bizarre Lifestyles 1 in Murray & Murrell Lang. Sadomasochism (1989) 126: Male slaves invited to apply for position in my stable.|
(US Und.) a pimp who runs a string of prostitutes.
|AS IX:1 27: stable-boss. Keeper of a stable.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 207/1: Stable boss. A keeper of a stable.et al.|
(US black) one of a group of prostitutes working for a single pimp.
|Black Players 30: She was stopping everything but telephone poles, but her stable sister broke luck before she did.|
|Lex. Black Eng. 88: A pimp may have a stable, in which case the girls are stable sisters or wives-in-law.|