1. [14C–19C] the skin [SE until 18C].
2. in physiological or sexual contexts.
(a) [mid-16C+] the vagina; also attrib.
(b) [mid-16C+] sexual intercourse; thus phr. nothing like leather, nothing is as good as sex.
(c) [mi-19C; 1930s] a run-down whore; a poor, promiscuous woman.
(d) [1930s+] (US) the anus.
3. an item made of leather.
(a) [mid-18C+] a wallet or purse, or bag.
(b) [mid-19C+] a leather ball, usu. a cricket ball or football; in the US a baseball.
(c) [late 19C+] (US) a shoe; thus lay leather v., to walk.
(d) [1910s+] (US) a boxing glove.
(e) [1900s–30s] (Aus./US) a whip.
(f) [1920s+] (US) a holster; also attrib.
(g) [1920s+] (US) a saddle; thus fork leather v., to ride a horse; hit leather v., to ride off; pull/hunt leather v., to grasp the saddle while riding a bucking horse.
(h) [1930s] (US Und.) a pickpocket.
(i) [1930s–40s] (US) by metonymy, a brutal kicking with a boot or shoe.
(j) [1960s+] a leather coat or jacket.
4. [late 19C] (US) liver.
5. [1910s–30s] (US) meat.
[19C] the penis.
[1930s] (US) a pickpocket’s assistant.
[19C] the vagina.
[late 18C] (UK Und.) the theft of bags.
[1920s–40s] (US Und.) a pickpocket.
[1910s] (US Und.) a pickpocket.
[mid-19C] betting, gambling.
[1920s] a boxer; thus leather pushing n., the sport of boxing.
[19C] the penis.
[1900s] (US Und.) a pickpocket.
[1930s–40s] (orig. US black) to dance; to move fast.
[1930s] (Aus. Und.) to suffer punishment.
to kick a person.
[late 18C–late 19C] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[mid-16C; late 19C–1900s] to have sexual intercourse.
[1930s] (US) to spank, to beat.
[late 18C–19C] to become saddle-sore from excessive riding.
1. walking the streets.
2. thus fig. being out of work.
[1910s+] to kick someone, esp. during a fight.
[17C–19C] to have sexual intercourse; thus get one’s leather stretched v.; stretching-leatherness n.
[1930s+] to box; thus leather-throwing n., boxing.
SE in sl. use
[early 19C] a cobbler.