Green’s Dictionary of Slang

come v.1

[abbr. SE come to a climax; Williams suggests link to SE come, of butter, to form in the churn, and thus a pun on butter n.1 (1)]

[late 16C+] to achieve orgasm; of a man, to ejaculate.

In phrases

come a bucket (v.)

[1970s] of a man, to ejaculate copiously.

come a river (v.)

[1970s] (US) of a woman, to experience a very intense orgasm or multiple orgasms.

come in one’s pants (v.) (also come in one’s drawers)

[1960s+] to behave in an exaggerated, over-excited manner; the image is of extremely premature ejaculation.

come into one’s own (v.) [pun on SE]

[1980s+] to masturbate.

come like a parolee at the ho shack (v.) [pun on SE come; the image is of a long-term prisoner having the first sex of his freedom]

[1970s] (US black) to move very fast.

come off (v.)

[17C; mid-20C+] to experience orgasm.

come one’s cocoa (v.)

1. [1960s+] to ejaculate.

2. [1970s+] (UK police/Und.) to inform or to confess one’s crimes.

come one’s fat (v.) [1970s+]

1. to ejaculate.

2. of a suspect, to confess.

come one’s guts (v.)

see under gut n.

come one’s lot (v.) [1970s+]

1. to ejaculate.

2. of a suspect, to confess.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

come-around (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) an unwanted hanger-on.

In phrases

come... (v.)

1. see also separate entries.

2. see also under relevant n. or adj.

come about (v.)

[late 19C] said by men of women, to have sexual intercourse.

come all over (v.)

[20C+] (Aus.) to thrash, to defeat completely.

come aloft (v.)

[late 16C–mid-17C] to have an erection.

come down in the last shower (of rain) (v.) (also come down with the last rain)

[20C+] (Aus.) to be stupid, to be a fool; usu. in neg. phrs. used when claiming a greater degree of experience or knowledge than that with which one is being credited, e.g. I didn’t come down in the last shower of rain.

come from Liquorpond Street (v.)

[early 19C–1900s] to be drunk [play on the real 19C Liquorpond Street, London, now the western segment of Clerkenwell Rd, EC1 and then adjacent to such criminal slums as Saffron Hill].

come from Tripoli (v.) [? the troupes of North African dancers who were then popular in London or f. a play on SE trip, to tumble]

[mid–late 19C] to be a lively, energetic performer, esp. acrobatically.

come-fuck-me’s (n.) [fuck v. (1)]

[1960s+] (US gay) very tight trousers.

come home by rail (v.)

[1930s+] (Aus.) to be so drunk that one can only proceed by hanging onto things.

come home by Spillsbury (v.)

[late 17C–early 18C] to tumble, to fall over, to have a ‘spill’; to fail.

come home by the villages (v.)

[18C] to be reeling drunk.

come home with your knickers torn and say you found the money (v.)

see under knickers n.

come in Berlin [? a radio call-sign]

[1970s] (US campus) an exhortation to pay attention, a greeting.

come in (like Flynn) (v.)

[1990s+] (Aus.) to ‘fall for’, to ‘swallow’ a story.

come-love tea (n.) [the phr. come, love seen as a mild suggestion]

[mid-19C+] (Aus.) weak tea.

come short home (v.)

[17C] to be imprisoned.

come-to-bed eyes (n.)

[1960s+] eyes (of either sex) that convey infinite, if not always delivered, sexual promise.

come together (v.)

[1970s] (US black) to dress in high fashion.

come-to-heaven collar (n.) [the wings of the collar presumably resemble those of an angel]

[20C+] (US) a wing collar.

come to light (v.)

[1910s+] (Aus.) to produce, to deliver, esp. money.

come-too-soon (n.) [? too soon for the parents to get married]

[1940s–70s] (US) an illegitimate child.

come to the heath (v.) [? pun on tip n.2 /Tiptree Heath, in Essex]

[early 19C] to pay out or give money.

come to the wrong shop (v.)

see under shop n.1

come with it (v.) [1990s+]

1. (US black/prison) to dare someone to do something.

2. (US campus) to try one’s hardest.

In exclamations