1. full, complete, entire, esp. of time, e.g. a solid month.
|Oddities of London Life I 36: ‘Is it true (asked Mr. Conant) that you did find a silver spoon among the dust?’ Joe—I’ll take my solid oath on it.|
|Unsentimental Journeys 195: Covent Garden is a ‘solid’ seven miles from Mr. Tibbits’s abode.|
|Venus in India I 76: As I keep a pretty little piece of brown meat, and have my regular greens twice a week, I might not be able to do as good a turn now, as I did then, but I had that woman eight solid times, sir.|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 182: Bat at that time had a solid reputation as a man of his hands.|
|‘For the Last Time I Cried Over You’ [lyrics] Solid M-O, man, but that’s the last time for that jive.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 370: He come by nuts in his head. Like-he got the solid horrors.|
|Snakes (1971) 74: I need to get in a solid night of practicin with the guys.|
2. trusted; usu. as solid with.
|Life and Adventures of Ben Hogan 62: This, of course, made him ‘solid’ with the crowd, and he very soon became known.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 16 Oct. 12/4: [He] paid promptly for two or three weeks to make himself ‘solid,’ and then began to ‘hang it up’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 9/1: Moral: This being a Democratic country, always get solid with the titled bugs of the earth, that thy days may be long in the land, &c.|
|Chimmie Fadden 50: How t’ hell was I t’ know dat I have t’ be jollying and chasing de Duchesse all de time after I was once solid wid her.|
|Cattle Brands [Internet] He asked me as a personal favor to apologize to the lady, admitting that he was none too solid with her himself.‘Around the Spade Wagon’|
|DA].Hoosier Chronicle 183: I advise you to make yourself solid with her [|
|Silk Hat Harry’s Divorce Suit 6 Dec. [synd. cartoon strip] I’ll bring some roses home to keep solid.|
|Kid Scanlon 280: The Kid had got Professor Parducci to fix him up with a few love charms and owls’ ears by which he was gonna make himself solid with Miss Vincent.|
|Taxi-Dance Hall 205: I knew she wouldn’t, because I was solid with the captain (district police captain).|
|Amboy Dukes 7: He would be considered one of the boys, solid with the right guys.|
|Waiters 155: You’re solid now, pardner.|
3. (orig. jazz) trustworthy, dependable, exciting, outstanding.
|Lantern (N.O.) 22 Sept. 4: Deserted by their supposed, solid girls.|
|Variety Stage Eng. Plays [Internet] I told him to give me a name that would sound like something — and make me solid with the lady.‘A Long Shot’|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Dec. 15/4: Strike me pink, I was solid when a member of the push; / In a scrap I was as willing as a lion off a gridiron. / I’m growin’ old and seedy – I’m broke up like a kite.|
|Smile A Minute 330: He gives the perfume to Jeanne and makes himself solid for life.|
|Ulysses 99: And how is Dick, the solid man?|
|(ref. to 1920s) Over the Wall 144: The only thing is, she’s a junker – but she’s solid.|
|‘Are You All Reet’ [lyrics] There’s one thing we want to know, / Are we solid; do we send you, Joe?|
|Argus *Melbourne) 15 Nov. 7s/1: That’s really plenty, slick — or should I say super solid.|
|Corner Boy 91: He also had an org going. His org was solid. He had handpicked his men.|
|On the Yard (2002) 161: Studs who used to be solid regulars are out there giving up their own mothers.|
|Animal Factory 75: ‘Inmate’ is . . . an insult. ‘Convict’ is the term that solid dudes prefer.|
|Day of the Dog 15: I reckon ya solid, Doug. Ya wanna go with me?|
|Another Day in Paradise 237: I think about trying to explain that Ben is solid.|
|Turning (2005) 272: I’m solid, he said. Solid as a brick shithouse.‘Boner McPharlin’s Moll’ in|
|Life 333: Freddie was one of the best men I ever met [...] I can’t think of another bloke that was solid all the way.|
4. as solid on, solid for, devoted to.
|Bill Nye and Boomerang 15: Damon and Pythias [...] were so solid on each other. They thought more of one another than anybody.|
|Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 10 Mar. 53/4: ‘Hundred ’n ten thousand [...] An’ every sould of them solid for you, Boss’.|
|High School Aegis X (15 Feb.) 2–3: Wot! A quarter. Dat’s very kind in yer, mister. Now I’se solid fer me bed an’ a bowl of Java.‘’Frisco Kid’s Story’ in|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 163: His thoughts circled to the woman who had ‘tricked’ him into prison before. That had been a solid frame, he reflected.‘Prison Mass’ in|
|Little Sister 252: Steelgrave is Weepy Moyer. That’s solid, isn’t it?|
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 54: Hell, like here’s a solid fact.|
|On the Yard (2002) 213: I’m going to give you a pass, but don’t come in here with a solid beef because you’ll wear out that isolation unit.|
|Day of the Dog 40: Before I ’ad one solid girl, but she changed now.|
|Wayne’s World II [film script] I talked to Rip’s people and I’ve locked him in for a solid twenty.et al.|
6. (US) secure, free of problems.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 3 Aug. 2/3: As he knew the girl’s father was solid [he] meant to marry her and stand on velvet.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 92: As regarded the future he was pretty solid, owing to the fact that he had a moneyed aunt.|
|High Window 36: Don’t worry about my job, Jack. I’m solid.|
7. (Aus./N.Z.) severe, difficult, unfair, unreasonable.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/1: solid – out of line or unreasonable.|
see under con n.1
(US Und.) a woman’s long-term male lover (as opposed to any transient entanglements).
|(con. 1880s) Gangs of Chicago (2002) 118: This latter property was operated for her by Tom Gaynor, her principal lover, or ‘solid man.’.|
1. an admirable person, esp. a jazz or swing musician.
|Flash! (Wash., D.C.) 21 June 19/2: SWING ADDICTS [...] had their fill of ‘killer dillers,’ ‘solid senders,’ ‘slap,’ ‘rush,’ and ‘lush’ ditties when New York’s radio station WNEW and Martin Block staged their first open-air swing carnival.|
|‘Benny Goodman in “Swing on This!”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 105: There’s a likely looking jitter bug! I wonder if she’s a solid sender!|
|Really the Blues 227: He’s a solid sender, he can send your spirit soaring and make you really happy, because no matter how heavy his burden is, he still isn’t brought down.|
|Corner Boy 27: Roy Milton’s Solid Senders jammed away on the frantic notes of jazz.|
2. a real, genuine, amazing thing.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 2 July 11/1: Erskine Hawkins is breaking it up [...] with his youthful ork that’s a solid sender.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 97: The news he got was a solid sender, / old Tojo was just signing unconditional surrender.|
SE in slang uses
(US) stupid; also as n., a stupid person.
|Citizen (Honesdale, PA) 7 June 78/1: It was [...] Solid ivory Splivins, the walking delebgate of the Detectives’ Union, which numbers among its members [...] Sherlock Holmes, Lecoq, Old King Brady.|
|My Life in Prison 55: I’d do ten years on top o’ dis twenty t’ git at pipe dream outer dese judges, solid ivory noodles.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 61: I expect his dome was solid iv’ry,—most of them sluggers have that kind.|
|Dly News (NY) 21 Nov. 78/1: The ‘solid ivory’ lad is a youthful bonehead.|
|AS III:5 409: Other expressions which one sometimes hears or sees in popular speech [...] ‘leatherhead,’ ‘tin can,’ ‘dome,’ or ‘solid ivory’ (dome).‘The Human Head in Sl.’ in|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 47: solid ivory – one with little thinking ability; no sense.|
(US short order) an apple dumpling.
|‘Dict. of Diningroom Sl.’ in Brooklyn Daily Eagle 3 July 13: ‘Solid shot’ is apple dumpling.|