1. a cake; thus spot and scalder, cake and tea [the spots are currants etc. in a fruit cake].
|Wops the Waif iv n.p.: [...] spot and scalder (which being interpreted, meant cake and tea) [F&H].|
2. difficulties, trouble; usu. in phr. in a spot [i.e. ‘a spot of bother’].
|Call News-Pictorial (Perth, WA) 18 Jan. 3/4: ‘He’d had a few spots’ [...] ‘I don’t want slang in this court’.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 6: And when he’s got A out of a bad spot, A puts B on to him.|
|Low Company 62: I’m in a spot. I need money bad.|
|Dandy 8 Apr. n.p.: Gee Dan, we’re in a tough spot.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 278: Don’t give me that double-talk [...] I’m in a spot.|
|Enemy Coast Ahead (1955) 66: What a spot to be in!|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 242: She’s in a spot. Her sister Mary’s pregnant.|
|Little Men, Big World 109: ‘If they’d happen to blast me, the Mover’d be in a hell of a spot.’ ‘The Mover? How about yourself?’.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 158: I was in one hell of a spot.|
|Much Obliged, Jeeves 54: It pained me deeply to contemplate the spot he was in.|
|Muscle for the Wing 66: You see the spot you’re in now, don’t you?|
3. pertaining to a place or environment.
(a) (US Und.) anywhere seen as a potential site for a robbery, e.g. a jewellery store, wealthy apartment etc.
|Stealing Through Life 285: You want to spend all your life casing some spot instead of working.|
|Limey 27: When we came to our ‘spot,’ Sprout [...] took out the Tommy-gun.|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 8: Should one mob find bad features in any spot, they will advise other mobs of it.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 203/2: Spot. 1. A site selected for the commission of a crime.et al.|
|Corner (1998) 105: Found this spot [...] They practically asking you to take their shit.|
(b) (orig. US black) a nightclub; thus the spot, the nightclub of fashionable choice.
|Your Broadway & Mine 31 Mar. [synd. col.] Captain Churchill, whose Broadway rendezvous was ‘the spot’ until three months after prohibition.|
|Green Ice (1988) 67: She had come out of Harlem [...] to the glitter spots.|
|Ten Story Gang Aug. 🌐 Marge and Dot were two of a score of come-alongs that steered and decoyed for the spot.‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 23: We’d usually hit our favourite spots together.|
|Mad mag. Jan.–Feb. 4: This is the roughest spot in town.|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 226: Shorty’s band played at spots around Boston three or four nights a week.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 22: It couldn’t really do all that much harm if I dropped into one or two spots.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 308: And if you want dinner or a glimpse of the night spots, I’ll be happy to oblige.|
|Indep. Traveller 17 July 5: A guy took me to a cabaret spot called Gio’s.|
|🎵 Come up in the spot lookin’ extra-fly.‘Tough the Sky’|
(c) a restaurant.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 631: I often go to a spot in Harlem where a guy can get good Italian food.‘Too Much Pep’ in|
|Earl Wilson’s New York 24: We had overlooked one spot—Jennie Lou’s restaurant, ‘for soul food’ .|
|Much Obliged, Jeeves 12: ‘At what spot?’ ‘Barribault’s grill-room.’.|
|We Own This City 50: Gladstone was eating at a Peruvian chicken spot.|
(d) (orig. US black) an after-hours club.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 262: We stop in a couple of spots and have a few drinks.‘Dancing Dan’s Christmas’ in|
|Gentleman of Leisure 8: I meet girls at parties, at clubs and after-hour spots.|
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 44: The police saw him leaving a spot one night and followed him.|
|Crackhouse 16: If you wanted to snort, you would go to the spot (after-hours club).|
(e) (US und.) premises used for prostitution.
|Thicker ’n Thieves 127: No doubt, he had put two and two together and had figured that I was borrowing the officer to aid in knocking over Brenda’s spot.|
(f) (US police/und.) premises used for numbers gambling.
|Knapp Commission Report Dec. 79: [I]t became clear that the police were aware of the spot’s existence and business. [...] Yet the business went on seemingly unhampered by police arrests.|
(g) (S.Afr.) an illicit bar, a shebeen.
|Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 99: One man arrived [...] soused. Everybody jumped up and asked, ‘Where did you get wet?’ I mean especially on Sunday, and when the children thought they had wiped out liquor. So he just laughed and said, ‘I am not telling because I don’t want my spot uncovered.’ [DSAE].in Hermer|
|Children of Soweto 81: Ma Vy [...] ran a spot (which is our euphemism for a drinking joint) at her house.|
|East Province Herald 11 Jan. 2: Mr Q- died [...] after he allegedly attempted to escape while pointing out ‘spots’ in Sebokeng township [DSAE].|
(h) (US gay) any homosexual gathering place other than a gay bar.
|Queens’ Vernacular 188: spot (kwn NYC, short for hot spot) any place besides a bar where homosexuals meet.|
(i) (US) an apartment used spec. for the sale and use of drugs.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 19: He told me to go to this spot with him. He said he needed some back [backup or help] and he didn’t have anybody.|
|Crack War (1991) 38: He used to, like, come inside the spot. He would just sit.|
|Iced 50: I was about to tell you about Eric’s spot the last time I wrote.|
|Straight Dope [ebook] — It’s not a dope house. — Come on, man, I know this spot.|
|🎵 The music ting just popped, just in time ’cause the spot got hot.‘Hate It or Luv It’|
(j) (US black/drugs) anywhere in the street that drug dealers congregate.
|🎵 We walked to the spot, she says she want a rock.‘P Is Free’|
|Tragic Magic 5: There were some days where I would go around to the spots and the pusher wouldn’t give me any dope.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 145: I can tell – by the bulge of his eyes and the tic in his neck – that he’s found a live spot.|
|Tuff 225: Raychelle, them niggers ain’t going to be at the spot forever.|
|Lush Life 38: Look who just got out, talk to Parole [...] hit the dope spots .|
|Alphaville (2011) 12: ‘So where did you go? For the dope?’ [...] ‘Third Street. mainly that spot’.|
|🎵 Spot open up, weed given on the weekend / Even on Sunday unlike Chick-Fil-A.‘Quarter Block’|
(k) (UK black) a meeting place for criminals, outside one’s actual home area.
|Who They Was 6: We’re on our way to the spot [...] we’ve gotten way with it.|
4. (US drugs) a functioning vein into which one can inject narcotics.
|Straight Dope [ebook] — You got a spot or you going to be in there for an hour? I was asking if she had a dependable vein or whether she was going to poke away and hope for the best.|
(US Und.) a gang member who chooses the target for robbery.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Spot guy, the man who picks out the person or place to be robbed.|
SE, meaning a small mark or dot, in slang uses
(US Und.) a hired assassin.
|Persons in Hiding 284: Eddie Doll [...] a reputed ‘spot killer’ for some of Chicago’s most desperate gangsters.|
(US black) a light-skinned black woman.
|Black Jargon in White America 81: spotlight n. a light-skinned black female.|
wearing a spotted silk handkerchief around one’s neck.
|‘Some Road Slang Terms’ in Malet Annals of the Road 395: 4. Of Coachmen A little of the spot about the neck...Having on a bird’s-eye fogle.|
to be stupid, i.e. ‘not all there’.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
uncertain, lacking in awareness.
|The Sporting Times 29 Apr. 1/3: The chatterers felt they were dead off the spot / When they asked, ‘Was it oof she required?’ Clearly not.‘What Winifred Wanted’|
1. alert, aware.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 11/1: We can only assure our readers that our correspondent is on the spot, and will pursue his vocation to the very cannon’s mouth.|
|Sporting Times 5 May 1/4: The bride’s youthful niece, little Alice, / As bridesmaid was well on the spot.‘Founded on Fact’|
|Peace in Our Time 125: That other chap, murmuring to himself as he walked, didn’t look altogether ‘on the spot’.|
|Gun for Sale (1973) 82: I was on the spot that day. Do you know what I said?|
|‘Honky-Tonk Bud’ in Life (1976) 58: Judge Stern is hot, and he’s on the spot; / So he’ll make an example out of you.et al.|
2. (US Und., also on a spot) marked for death, facing assassination.
|Confessions of a Gunman 221: You might be on a spot in a cabaret or such a place, and walk into the lavatory and be stuck up with guns.|
|Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: ‘You put Kate on the spot and — ’.‘Snowbound’ in|
|Bullets for Two 8: It might mean that both partners were on the spot and they got La Sala somewhere, too.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 111: If I recalled Kelly’s drunken conversation correctly, the guy on the spot was me.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 22: He’s on the spot; the syndicate has voted to kill him.|
3. (also on a spot) in trouble, facing problems.
|Gun Molls Sept. 🌐 ‘You won’t need them where you’re going!’ ‘You mean I’m on the spot!’.‘Gats in the Hat’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 548: His old man almost on the spot.Judgement Day in|
|Knock on Any Door 188: I’m in trouble. I’m on the spot.|
|Savage Night (1991) 95: Talk about Jake being on a spot.|
|Henderson The Rain King 229: I was on the spot.|
|(con. 1943) Irish Fandango [ebook] This was getting too direct: she had him on the spot now.|
1. (US tramp) to leave waiting at an appointed meeting place.
|AS IV:5 343: Put-on-the-spot—Left waiting at an appointed meeting place.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
2. to arrange to have someone killed; to put someone in the position of being killed.
|It’s a Racket! 239: spot—Place to which an individual is to be decoyed so that he can be murdered; e.g. ‘He’ll be put on the spot to-morrow in front of Tony’s place.’.|
|Put on the Spot 186: He put us all on the spot—all of us—all gone—wiped out—all but me.|
|Chillicothe (MO) Constitution Trib. 4 Nov. 6/8: The picture is described as bristling with underworld argot, with threats to put the hero ‘on the spot,’ to ‘bump ’im off,’ to ‘rub him out.’.|
|Big Con 127: [He] tried to have Stewart Donnelly put on the spot for swindling him of $38,000.|
|DAUL 169/1: Put on the spot. 1. To lure a victim to a murder tryst.et al.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 111: The idiot had actually gone out and put somebody on the spot.|
3. (also put in a spot, put the spot on) to place in a difficult or disadvantageous position.
|Detective Fiction Weekly 11 Aug. 735/2: We learned that the State still had one reliable witness, who could ‘put us on the spot’.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 164: He hadn’t thought of one convincing thing to say during that squeeze, and Jean had gone haywire and put him on the spot.‘Prison Mass’ in|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 182: Do you want em to put you in a spot where people can say you drove this chap to suicide.‘Two Sharp Knives’ in|
|Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 143: Have a drink. You’ll feel better. That’s what Sackett said when he put the spot on me, the louse.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 233: Mr. Sharpe, you’ve put me on the spot.|
|Chicago Sun-Times 18 Mar. 38/1: Some of the questions directed at him were obviously designed to put Stassen on the spot [DA].|
|Little Men, Big World 120: I don’t like putting you on the spot any longer, and no use to talk to the Mover.|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 90: Every day he was put on the spot.|
|A Little of What You Fancy (1985) 529: Well, that put him on the spot.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 129: He could put some of us on the spot.|
|Life Its Ownself (1985) 88: I guess he don’t want to put you on the spot.|
|Swimming-Pool Library (1998) 245: It was graceless of me to put Charles on the spot.|
|Lucky You 217: Shiner didn’t appreciate how Chub was putting him on the spot.|
|Layer Cake 44: Shit. Now he’s put me on the spot. I really wasn’t expecting this.|
see bad place in the road under bad adj.
perfect, exactly right, accurate.
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 27: Arthur screwed his sandwich paper into a ball and threw it across the gangway into somebody’s work-box. ‘Spot-on’, he cried.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 104: Spot on, eh, almost in our bloody laps.|
|Minder [TV script] 85: Yes, everything’s spot on.‘Minder on the Orient Express’|
|Beano Comic Library No. 190 45: Spot on, chum!|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 55: To be spot-on, Mr Byron-Moore was addressing his Melbourne Cup Carnival ‘special squad’ .|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 35: Leaving me there thinking how unbelievably spot-on Trevor was.|
a poached egg on toast; often in pl. with pfx two, three etc.