(US prison) a belt with a sharpened buckle, used as an offensive weapon.
|Prison Sl. 88: Sling A belt or a strap with a sharpened belt buckle or metal object attached to one end.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
(US) to get into bad trouble, physical or otherwise; note inversion constr. with out in cits. 1990 and 2001 (cf. put someone’s ass in a sling ).
|[||Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 4/2: If I’da carried on as that old party did at the love feast I’da expected to ’av my nose in a sling in lessen five minutes].|
|[||Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. 🌐 The circumstantial evidence would put my adenoids in a terrific sling].‘Malibu Mess’|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 280: Remember that she had her own ass in a sling.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 142: Klemy loans everybody his truck [...] Someday he’ll get his ass in a sling.|
|Never So Few (1958) 252: You mean we got our ass in a sling for stopping this?|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 129: You betta get this guy off the job or youll find your ass inna sling too.|
|Daddy Cool (1997) 104: Mack’s ass would be in a sling, whether or not he knew it.|
|Christine 532: He really had his butt in a sling there for a while.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 134: I have no intention of putting my girlish ass in a sling.|
|38 North Yankee 215: Next time you want to go grandstanding, you can get your own ass out of a sling.|
|Dreamcatcher 471: Join hands and pray for God [...] to get our asses out of the sling they’re in.|
|The Force [ebook] Now his own ass is in a sling.|
1. to be depressed, crushed, defeated; thus put someone’s eye in a sling v., to depress someone; with one’s eye in a sling, depressed, crushed, defeated .
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 12 Apr. 5/2: He stood in the dock with his eye in a sling.|
|Sheffield Eve. Teleg. 8 Oct. 3/4: Bugby, pointing at him, said, ‘You will get your eye in a sling when you get to Sandbeck’.|
|Tamworth Herald 29 Dec. 8/2: He was then told that if he did not shut up he would get his eye in a sling.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 125/2: Eye in a sling (Peoples’). Crushed, defeated. From the doleful appearance presented by a sufferer with a bandage over the suffering eye.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Nov. 44/1: He reaches over the bar, taps me in the eye, and I sits down in the sawdust. ‘Now,’ says he, ‘git after yer mate, if it’s yer turn to swig the lush nex’ time while he has a free feed. An’ I hope the Lord ’ll put his eye in a sling, same’s yours is.’.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 101: So ’ere’s to the coot wiv ’is eye in a sling.‘To the Boys Who Took the Count’ in|
|Cockney 273: To get one’s ‘eye in a sling’ is to get into trouble.|
2. to assault physically.
|W. London Obs. 18 Jan. 7/1: I met some people who put my eye in a sling [...] though I never said a blind word to ’em, they smacked me in the mouth’.|
(orig. US black) to be defeated or depressed.
|Greater Love Hath No Man (1939) 101: We are going to the front the 14th next month and I guess before long I will have my head in a sling and if they don’t kill me altogether, I will sure come up to give you some more lies again.letter 29 Dec. in Weeks (ed.)|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 85: Head in a sling Troubled, weighed down with worry.|
to have someone at one’s mercy, lit. or fig.
|Filth 15: Niddrie’s got my nuts in a sling.|
(US) in difficulties.
|‘Wise Egg’ in Life (1976) 114: I didn’t give a fuck about being in a sling.et al.|
(US) to cause trouble for.
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 208: [...] If the colonel finds out about it, the old man’s gonna have his ass in a sling. [Ibid.] You fellows just keep your mouths shut about this. You’ll get my tail in a sling [...].|
|[||Teen-Age Mafia n.p.: You want your face in a sling. You want me to kick your — ].|
|Pimp 110: Ain’t no Nigger pimp going to put my ass in a sling.|
|One to Count Cadence (1987) 121: If there is any trouble out of this, soldier, I’m going to have your ass in a sling.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 357: You tell him if he grabs me, it’s your ass going to be in a sling.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 40: And he calls the cops, he’s gonna have her ass in a sling before dark.|
|Under A Hoodoo Moon 30: He ignored segregation [...] If you came out publicly with this view in the fifties, you were putting your ass in a sling.|
|Blacktop Wasteland 26: ‘Boy, your Mama would have both our asses in a sling’.|