1. (Can.) a bilingual or multilingual Canadian who moves between the two national groups – Anglophone and Francophone – and is generally despised by both.
|Maledicta III:2 182: Telephones. A somewhat obscure reference to those bilingual or multilingual Canadians who act as go-betweens, assisting the French to understand the English, the English the French, and despised by both groups.|
2. (US campus) a euph. for toilet, e.g. I have to use the men’s telephone.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 6: telephone – toilet: I have to use the men’s telephone. Or, I hear the phone ringing.|
3. (Aus. prison) a means of inter-cell communication in prison by tapping on the plumbing pipes.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Telephone. A means of communication within prisons whereby the interconnecting plumbing between toilets is cleared of water allowing messages to be passed along prison blocks.|
4. (UK Und.) a scar in the form of a curving line from the corner of the mouth to the earlobe, inflicted on an informer’s face.
|Blood Posse 232: I gave him a telephone cut from the tip of his ear to the point of his chin.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 18: Striping is cutting someone across the face, usually in a curving line that stretches from the corner of the mouth to the earlobe. This kind of scar is also called a ‘telephone’ and indicates that the recipient has been talking to someone who is definitely non grata in criminal circles.|
|Traveller’s Tool 81: Swallow a crook one and you’ ll spend the next few days on your knees putting a long distance call on the big white telephone.|
|Age (Melbourne) 7 Dec. 130/5: Australia has much of which to be proud [...] drain the dragon, syphon the python, (point percy at the porcelain), having a liquid laugh down the great white telephone.|
|Sl. and Sociability 72: Big white phone is a metaphor for toilet.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 129: long-distance call on the big white telephone Vomiting into the toilet bowl. ANZ.|
(orig. US) to vomit.
|G’DAY 5: Even popular Bazzerisms like ‘driving the porcelain bus’, ‘shouting down the great white telephone’, or ‘having a Technicolour yawn’ are rare. Most good Australians just ‘chuck up’, and carry on drinking.|
|Mad Cows 152: Miming the Princess of Wales talking to God on the big, white telephone.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 196: speaking into the big white telephone Vomiting into the loo.|
|Raiders 36: While the man was talking to God on the big white telephone Wayne was figuring out his strategy.|
(orig. US campus) to vomit.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: talk to Ralph on the big white telephone – to vomit.|
|Computer Science and Why (1993) [Internet] I was struck with [...] the plethora of words and phrases meaning ‘vomit’ and/or ‘to vomit’ [...] At most American colleges and universities, a weekend cannot pass without seeing multitudes [...] talk to Ralph.|
|Sl. and Sociability 72: Talk to Ralph on the big white phone is a clever embellishment of ralph, which means ‘to vomit’, and which probably originated as an onomatopoeic approximation.|
(orig. US campus) to vomit.
|Computer Science and Why (1993) [Internet] I was struck with [...] the plethora of words and phrases meaning ‘vomit’ and/or ‘to vomit’ [...] At most American colleges and universities, a weekend cannot pass without seeing multitudes [...] talk to the big white telephone.|
|Lingo 135: As over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages may induce vomiting, the Lingo is well stocked with terms for this, including [...] talk to the white telephone.|