stepping into a heap of excrement.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Luck, or good luck, to tread in a sirreverence, to be bewayed, an allusion to the proverb, in sh—tt—n luck is good luck.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
SE in slang uses
1. of a prostitute, to encounter the first customer of the day.
|Sister of the Road (1975) 171: We work in turns ’til every girl ‘breaks luck,’ and then it’s choice.|
|Pimp 111: Ten minutes after she got down she broke luck.|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 98: I didn’t break luck till early this morning.|
|Union Dues (1978) 182: Out on the rack nearly an hour and a half and she still hadn’t broke luck.|
|Gospel of the Game 3: You better hope that you break luck [...] you had better have my money, bitch.|
2. in general use, to have a piece of good fortune.
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 229: I had reason to believe I just might break luck tonight.|
1. (US) for a white person to have sex with a black person (esp. for the first time).
|Sl. of Venery I 43: Changing One’s Luck – To have carnal knowledge of the black woman. A superstitiion.|
|Anecdota Americana I 106: Eager to ‘change his luck’ a white man approached a negress. ‘Ah charges two dollars,’ said the black whore.|
|,||DAS 93/1: change [one’s] luck To have sexual intercourse, esp., in the South, with a Negress; used only by white males.|
|Pinktoes (1989) 63: Mamie’s father was a white pimp who had conceived her accidentally while changing his luck with the colored maid in the whorehouse.|
|(con. mid–late 19C) Wilder Shore 216: Various desires for perverted debauchery could be satisfied in the stalls, cribs or in alleys [...] getting one’s ashes hauled, changing one’s luck.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 63: Think I’ll go uptown and change my luck.|
|see sense 2.|
2. (US gay) to perform homosexual sex for the first time.
|Queens’ Vernacular 43: change one’s luck 1. to go to bed with a black man for the first time [...]. to perform a homosexual act for the first time.|
(Aus.) to use up or run out of luck.
|Moods of Ginger Mick 23: ’E sez to me, ‘Well, mate, I’ve done me luck; / An’ Rose is arstin’, ‘Wot about this war?’.‘War’ in|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
see Chinaman’s luck under Chinaman n.
(Aus.) a description of any lucky person.
|Four-Legged Lottery 134: Jim Roberts announced his amazing win of approaching two hundred pounds [...] and Tom Roberts said: ‘Well, I’ll be damned. We’ve got an Eric Connolly in the house!’.|
|Legends from Benson’s Valley 73: ‘They’ve had the luck of Eric Connolly all night,’ Darky said.|
(orig. Aus.) signifying envy, jealousy of the person addressed, i.e. I wish I had ...
|[||Queenslander (Brisbane) 22 Dec. 6/2: If your mare is as good as she is said to be, win the race into the bargain. I only wish I had half your luck].|
|[||Yellow Book 47: I wish I had half your luck. [...] Oh, heavens, what wouldn’t I give for half your luck!].|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] The Coster’s Wedding [lyrics] And all the market blokes, they cracked some spicy jokes / For they said, ‘Wot ho! Good old Billy! ’Arf your luck’.|
|(con. WW1) Burra Record (SA) 31 mar. 3/4: The boys simply loved us to wear new clothes. They would call out ‘When are you going to get a new frock?’ And when the men wore dress suits, they would yell, ‘Half your luck, Digger!’.|
|Sun. Mail (Brisbane) 22 June 5/5: ‘Half your luck!’ This wistful, expression is one of the commonest, and voices a very human aspiration.|
|Sun (Sydney) 6 July 19/4: All glad, all cheery, all saying, ‘half your luck, old boy,’ the pals who show no envy, only joy that one of the bunch should ‘click’.|
|Wingham Chron. (NSW) 25 Jan. 6/3: Returning papers, we enjoyed a laugh and a yarn. ‘I happen to be going to that town,’ I said. ‘Half your luck,’ said my companion.|
|News (Adelaide) 24 Feb. 23/1: The day before the businessman left for Australia he told Ken he was going home. ‘Half your luck,’ said Macca.|
|Under the Iron Rainbow 1: Half your luck, old man, half your luck! I never manage to get more than five or six days in the North West at any one time.|
|Aus. Women’s Wkly 10 Apr. 43/4: ‘Half your luck,’ said the Governor's wife [...] on hearing of Mrs. Schultz's trip.|
|Real Thing 86: ‘I might even give the missus a tap on the shoulder when I get into bed’ [...] ‘Half you luck,’ chuckled Les.|
|Peter (2001) 64: ‘But I never have nightmares,’ ‘Half your luck,’ he said, like he wasn’t a hundred percent convinced.|
|Arcadia Flynn ‘It’s Time’ [Internet] I’m thirty six and single / Children? not a one / Half your luck ... I hear you say, / I’ll bet you’re having fun!|
|Mystery Bay Blues 31: ‘I’m at Clover’s [...] I’ll stay at her place tonight.’ ‘Half your luck’.|
|Turn Right at Istanbul n.p.: It took ten minutes of knocking and ringing before the receptionist appeared and unbolted the door. He had been asleep, he said. Half your luck, I replied.|