1. constr. with the, a guinea.
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 60: [She] cares not how much she drains him of his liquid treasure, but will be content with one piece of the solid.|
2. (UK tramp) the road.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1112/2: [...] C.20.|
3. (US Und.) a trustworthy fellow criminal or prison inmate.
|AS II:6 280: Two birds (men) solids of mine (true pals, who will not tell) meet in Chi. (Chicago).‘Prison Lingo’ in|
4. (US black) a favour, usu. in phr. do (someone) a/the solid, to perform a favour.
|‘Honky-Tonk Bud’ in Life (1976) 55: Say, you look sick, like you need a fix, / Perhaps I can do some solids for you.et al.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 1: Do me a solid – Do me a favor.|
|Blood Brothers 119: If I ever got like that, and I asked you to check me out, would you do me the solid?|
|What’s The Good Word? 83: The help would be forthcoming in light of the fact that you did me a ‘solid’ (a favor).|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 393: Give me an answer on this, and if I like it I’ll owe you a solid.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 254: Tate did me one big solid today.|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 11 [TV script] Do yourself a solid here, Mike.‘Bad Dreams’|
|Brooklyn Noir 128: Do me a solid and mind the store, bro.‘Crown Heist’ in|
|What It Was 172: The Rosens did you a solid by hiring you.(con. 1972)|
|The Force [ebook] ‘Do me a solid, though. Give Levin an assist’.|