Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blanket n.

1. [mid-19C] (US) a currency note; thus money in general [it offers its possessor comfort].

2. [late 19C+] (S.Afr.) a peasant, an unsophisticated African; thus in synon. combs. blanket-boy, blanket-kaffir; and blanket-vote, the collective black vote [the trad. blankets that such individuals wear; note 19C US blanket brave, blanket indian, ‘an Indian of a low cultural level [...] a semi-civilized Indian’ (Matthews, Dict. Americanisms, 1951)].

3. [mid-19C-1930s] (US tramp) a (presumably broadsheet) newspaper (which is often used as a makeshift blanket).

4. [20C+] (US tramp) a griddlecake or pancake.

5. [1920s–30s] (US tramp) an overcoat, which regularly doubles as a blanket.

6. [1920s+] a cigarette paper; thus tumblings and blankets, tobacco and papers.

7. [1930s] (US Und.) a bulletproof vest.

8. [1960s] (US campus) ext. use of sense 6, a cigarette.

9. [1980s+] (drugs) ext. use of sense 6, a marijuana cigarette.

10. [1980s] (US) a partner within a sado-masochistic relationship.

In compounds

blanket-ass (n.) (also blanket-head) [ass n. (4)/-head sfx]

1. [1950s+] (US) a Native American.

2. [1960s] (US) a native of Oklahoma.

blanket-buck (n.)

[20C+] (US) a Native American.

In phrases

wear the blanket (v.)

[mid-19C] (US) to have Native American blood.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

blanket drill (n.) [note milit. blanket drill, sleep] (orig. milit.)

1. [1920s+] masturbation.

2. [1960s] sexual intercourse.

blanket fair (n.) [the orig. Blanket Fair was the name given to that held on the Thames during the great frost of 1683–84]

[late 19C] bed.

blanket hornpipe (n.)

[19C; 1980s+] sexual intercourse; thus dance the blanket hornpipe.

blanket job (n.)

1. [1930s–60s] (US prison) homosexual gang rape: the victim’s head is placed beneath a blanket while he is assaulted.

2. [1980s] (UK Und.) a form of gangland execution whereby the victim is tricked into hiding beneath a blanket, and then shot dead.

3. [1980s] (also blanket treatment) a beating given by prison officers or fellow prisoners.

blanket party (n.) [ironic use of SE]

1. [1930s] (US) sexual intercourse.

2. [1970s+] (US prison) the murder of a fellow prisoner by tossing a blanket over the head and then bludgeoning or stabbing them to death.

3. [1970s+] an initiation rite whereby a new prisoner is forcibly smothered in a blanket, then beaten up or gang-raped by their fellows; similarly applied to teen gang initiations.

4. [1970s+] (Aus./N.Z./US prison, also blanket, blanketing) the throwing of a blanket over the head of a prisoner to facilitate a beating or robbery.

blanket stiff (n.) [SE blanket, a bedroll + stiff n.1 (5a)]

[late 19C+] (US) a tramp, esp. a Western tramp.

In phrases

blue blanket (n.)

1. [late 18C–19C] the sky.

2. [mid-19C] a rough coat made of coarse pilot-cloth (an indigo cloth used for ships’ officers’ greatcoats).

close to the blanket (adj.) (also close to the cushion) [gambling use, when a poker game would be played on a spread blanket; thus when one’s pile of money gets smaller and smaller and ‘close to the blanket’]

[1900s–10s] (US, Western) almost totally impoverished, very poor.

dance the blanket hornpipe (v.)

see under dance v.

fill a blanket (v.)

[1940s–50s] (US Und.) to roll a cigarette; thus filled blanket a hand-rolled cigarette.

lawful blanket (n.) [SE lawful + fig. use of blanket]

[19C] a wife.

live blanket (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I./UK black teen) a human body, particularly when covering another, as in sexual intercourse.

red blanket (n.) [the otherwise unmarked red-painted tins in which it was sold]

[1920s] (Aus.) tinned meat.

stretch a/the blanket (v.)

1. [mid-19C+] (US) to exaggerate.

2. [late 19C] (US) to excel.