nonsense, utter rubbish; also attrib.
|Spectator 24 Dec. 930/2: This book [...] very vulgar [...] it is a dish of literary and artistic ‘tripe-and-onions’ .|
|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.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|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.|
|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’.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 201: Rosie M. Banks, author of some of the most pronounced and widely read tripe ever put on the market.|
|Murphy (1963) 44: Sometimes you talk as great tripe as Murphy.|
|Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 48: It’s the lousiest tripe I ever seen shot in Hollywood.‘Boil Some Water’ in|
|Mating Season 153: Mrs Bingo wrote the world’s worst tripe.|
|Gaudy Image (1966) 189: You think I care to listen to your tripe night after night?|
|Cotters’ England (1980) 247: Do you want to cut her mind to pieces with such rubbish [...] I foresaw some such tripe.|
|Demon (1979) 88: He continued to thank people with a bunch of meaningless tripe.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 14: Foods also serve as metaphors for nonsense, e.g., applesauce, baloney, banana oil, beans, mush, pap, and tripe.|
|Observer Rev. 4 July 11: How else do writers [...] produce such witless tripe.|
|in On the Run (2007) 21: I can only say that I have not come across a bigger load of tripe in my life.|
a purveyor of nonsense.
|Carrying On 155: How does one choke off a tripe-merchant of this type?|
worthless, unpleasant, distasteful.
|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.|
|(con. WWI) in Soldier and Sailor Words.|