SE in slang uses
(Irish) one who hangs around at mealtimes in the hope of being offered a meal.
|Eng. As We Speak It In Ireland.|
a male homosexual voyeur.
|AS XLV:1/2 53: The most popular compound formation involves some nouns plus queen [...] toe queen, felch queen, body queen, watch queen.‘Homosexual Sl.’ in|
to look out, to be careful; esp. in imper. watch it! used as a warning or a threat.
|‘’Arry’s Spring Thoughts’ in Punch 17 Apr. 185: But if them as should Boss us don’t watch it, us snide uns ’ull all go to pot.|
|Marvel 15 Oct. 12: I’ll watch it’ he gasped.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 282: ‘Watch it,’ yells Knocker.|
|Savage Night (1991) 4: I was going to have to watch it.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 132: So watch it buddy, you’re not fuckin with a nobody.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 101: Watch it or I’ll have your stripes.|
|Beano Special No. 4 n.p.: Oi! Watch it, Moosh! Not so rough!|
|Vic Reeves Big Night Out n.p.: His catchphrase is ‘Watch it, missis, it’s sticky!’.|
|Robbers (2001) 58: Better watch it. Things to do, things to do.|
|theculturetrip.com ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Watch – be careful; dont mess with me.|
to take care, to take note, to be warned; usu. as watch your ass.
|Essential Lenny Bruce 83: If you’re Filipino, watch your ass, because Norm’s in!|
|Dirty Laundry 65: ‘All right,’ he growled. ‘Watch your ass.’ [...] ‘Watch yours,’ I said.|
|Christine 131: Watch your ass, Arnie [...] My dad says he’s a crook.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 392: You gots to start watchin your ass more better.|
|Stalker (2001) 159: Just watch your ass, okay?|
to take care of oneself.
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 175: I couldn’t afford to have my head tucked so high in the clouds that I couldn’t watch my back.|
|Layer Cake 4: You still gotta watch your back twenty-four-seven.|
|Guardian 25 Aug. [Internet] You need to watch your back and who you talk to if you don’t know they’re a true Nogzy soldie.|
|Running the Books 12: I found myself having to watch my back for trouble from an emotionally stunted prison guard.|
to take care; esp. as an imper. when the implication is of a threat from the speaker.
|On the Waterfront (1964) 112: Now ya watch yerself now.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 38: I’d better watch myself or they’ll hang me from the lamppost right there and then.|
|Shame the Devil 76: You watch yourself if you’re going to be hanging around Kennedy [...] I’ve seen some really bad shit go down on that strip.|
to mind one’s manners, to talk politely; also as imper.
|Long Good-Bye 67: ‘A hoodlum with sentiment,’ I said. ‘That slays me.’ ‘Watch your lip, cheapie. Watch your lip.’.|
|Room to Swing 127: Watch your fat tongue, heavy.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: bamforth: All Corps are bastards, we all know that. / macleish: Watch your mouth!|
|Cinderella Liberty 11: Watch your mouth.|
|A Prisoner’s Tale 157: Watch your lip. Just do as you’re told.|
|Blow Your House Down 4: She was going to have to watch her tongue.|
|Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 163: I wish you’d watch your mouth.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I iv: Watch your fucking lip, I’m warning you.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Crumple Zone 20: Watch your mouth or you die.|
|(con. late 1940s) Sixteen Shillings And Tuppence Ha’penny 103: I’ll have ter watch me mouf wiv yer, Benjie, won’t I?|
1. to look after or protect someone else.
|Homeboy 152: Whites had to start watching white backs.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 137: I already put it on the wire that you’re hitting the yard so my dawgs can watch your back. [Ibid.] 177: The Inferno dawgs have all paused, ready to [...] take my back should Stanger go postal.|
2. to take care of someone else.
|(con. 1933) Big Blowdown (1999) 20: Thanks for watchin’ my back, Joey.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Mar. 30: My baby sister who looks out for me, watches my back.|
to keep a close watch on someone’s actions.
|Answer to a Late Insolent Libel n.p.: But, says he, I’ll be reveng’d of these smock-fac’d young Dogs. I’ll Watch their Waters, and secure ’em, and send ’em to the Compter.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
to be excessively drunk.
|posting at flyertalk.com 14 Jan. [Internet] Don’t just sit at the bar, drink too much and watch the ant races, get up and Meet & Greet.|
(US) to indulge in sexual by-play; thus submarine watching n.
|in Current Sl. (1967) I:4 5/1: Submarine watching, n. Parking.|
|CUSS 219: Watch submarines To neck.et al.|
|in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970) 26: Watch midnight submarine races, v. To have sex relations in an out-of-the-way place.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 102: In that case, if he didn’t get shot down (stood up), he might suggest catching a flick [...] Let’s go watch the submarines race.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Queens’ Vernacular 145: watch submarine races (kwn SF, early-mid ’60s, teen sl) to park near the beach.|
(US) see me go!
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 126: When she got to know him, well you just watch his dust.Young Lonigan in|
|(con. 1940s) Sowers of the Wind 15: ‘You’re not going out whoring tonight?’ ‘Watch my dust!’.|
|Gentleman Junkie (1961) 83: Watch my dust, sweetheart.‘No Game for Children’ in|
(W.I.) watch your manners!
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|