1. the pubic hair [in this context the ‘flag’ displayed by the genitals].
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy III 98: She turn’d to swim upon her Back / And so display’d her Banner.|
2. (US tramp) a bedroll [one ‘unfurls’ it].
|implied in carry the banner|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
3. (US prison) a report citing a violation of prison regulations.
|AS VI:6 437: banner, n. A report given to a con by an officer, or guard, for violation of the prison rules.‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
1. (also pack the banner, carry the stick) to walk the streets as a tramp; thus banner-carrier n.
|Bangor (ME) Daily Whig and Courier 1 Apr. 4/3: One [tramp] applied for shelter at the Y.M.C.A. last night and stated that if he couldn’t get a bed he would ‘have to carry the banner all night.’.|
|People of the Abyss 101: ‘To carry the banner’ means to walk the streets all night; and I, with the figurative emblem hoisted, went out to see what I could see.|
|My Old Bailiwick 19: They are a pitiful crew—the ‘banner-carriers’.|
|Road 149: I have made some tough camps in my time, ‘carried the banner’ in infernal metropolises, bedded in pools of water, slept in the snow under two blankets [...].|
|Torchy 1: Sure, I was carryin’ the banner. But say, I ain’t one of them kids that gets callouses on the hands doin’ it.|
|Cry of Youth 2: [title of poem] Carrying the Banner [Which is tramp-argot for walking the street all night].‘Carrying the Banner’ in|
|Hobo 53: This practice of walking the streets all night, snatching a wink of sleep here and a little rest there, is termed, in the parlance of the road, ‘carrying the banner’.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 229: Well, let him sleep, he needs it sure, / T’ree nights he’s packed the banner.‘Sweet Charity’ in|
|AS IX: 1 26: carry the stick. To loaf or loiter because homeless.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 770: I’ve been carrying the banner all night, and I’m goddamn hungry.Judgement Day in|
|‘Argot of the Sea’ in AS XV:4 Dec. 450/1: carrying the stick. Between ships a sailor ‘on the beach’ (ashore) frequently puts the bum on his former shipmates. If he does, he is carrying the stick or carrying the banner.|
|Railroad Avenue 336: Carrying the Banner – [...] wearing ostentatious Brotherhood emblems, frequently done by ’bos in working the main stem for a handout.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 44: carrying the banner Without the price of a room and walking the streets at night. [Ibid.] 44: carry the stick To walk the streets all night; to wander. [Ibid.] 170: pack the banner To walk the streets all night.|
|Hobohemia 23: And they ‘carried the banner,’ i.e. walked the streets all night, and there was a sleety drizzle too.|
|Skid Row 43: The boxcars and hobo-jungles are only a step above ‘carrying the banner’ — not sleeping at all.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 84: He’d hit the stem and beg the price of a flop and something to eat. If he failed to bum enough to take care of both, he’d eat and carry the banner.|
|(con. 1850s–60s) My East End (2000) 34: Common lodging houses, bad as they were, were cheap and certainly preferable to the workhouse or to ‘carrying the banner’ all night.|
2. to sleep rough, esp. of the thousands of homeless children who were forced to sleep in the New York streets.
|My Mamie Rose 49: It was the assembling and meeting place for all the members, those who had slept in ‘regular’ beds and those who had ‘carried the banner’ in the Frankfort street hall way.|
|Hobo 48: He was able to ‘flop’ in a bed even though he came to town without money late in the afternoon; whereas many other men in the same position would have been forced to ‘carry the banner’.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
3. to live as a tramp.
|Gangster Girl 3: You came in here carryin’ the banner and singin’ the blues.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 483: I’ve been carrying the banner all winter, an’ I’m hungry.Judgement Day in|
(UK Und./gay) of a male prostitute, to solicit.
|Phenomena in Crime 253: Flagging the banner. Soliciting by a male prostitute.|
(US Und.) to move from the general prison population into protective solitary confinement.
|DAUL 79/2: Get oneself a banner or a shingle. (P) See Get oneself locked up.et al.|