Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tripe n.2

[virtually SE by 20C]

nonsense, utter rubbish; also attrib.

[US]Spectator 24 Dec. 930/2: This book [...] very vulgar [...] it is a dish of literary and artistic ‘tripe-and-onions’ .
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Oct. 10/3: Think of the garish foreign ‘tripe’ that would result from the Imperialistic inspiration now in the air – a Kiplingesque yap mainly about motherland, Joe Chamberlain, African slaughter, and Duke of York.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 15 May 2nd sect. 12/8: For all their blasted tommy-rot / And all their soppy tripe, / There’s comfort in the wallop-pot, / And solace in the pipe.
[UK]Nottingham Eve. Post 30 Apr. 3/3: ‘Tripe jewellry [...] It is not fit for Southend,’ he said, holding up the ring, ‘but only for the worst part of Whitechapel. This is tripe, that is all it is’.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 201: Rosie M. Banks, author of some of the most pronounced and widely read tripe ever put on the market.
[Ire]S. Beckett Murphy (1963) 44: Sometimes you talk as great tripe as Murphy.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald ‘Boil Some Water’ in Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 48: It’s the lousiest tripe I ever seen shot in Hollywood.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 153: Mrs Bingo wrote the world’s worst tripe.
[UK]W. Talsman Gaudy Image (1966) 189: You think I care to listen to your tripe night after night?
[UK]C. Stead Cotters’ England (1980) 247: Do you want to cut her mind to pieces with such rubbish [...] I foresaw some such tripe.
[US]H. Selby Jr Demon (1979) 88: He continued to thank people with a bunch of meaningless tripe.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 14: Foods also serve as metaphors for nonsense, e.g., applesauce, baloney, banana oil, beans, mush, pap, and tripe.
[UK]Observer Rev. 4 July 11: How else do writers [...] produce such witless tripe.
[SA] in ‘Ben Trovato’ On the Run (2007) 21: I can only say that I have not come across a bigger load of tripe in my life.

In compounds

tripe merchant (n.)

a purveyor of nonsense.

[UK]‘Ian Hay’ Carrying On 155: How does one choke off a tripe-merchant of this type?

In phrases

up to tripe (adj.)

worthless, unpleasant, distasteful.

[Aus]Aussie (France) VI Aug. 9/1: He wasn’t with us long before he got his maiden stripe, / And the Sergeant-Major’s hand was seen in that; / And the other gunners reckoned it was fairly up to tripe; / But Green he only grinned beneath his hat.
[UK](con. WWI) in Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words.