1. the body.
|Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 33/1: His frame’s assail’d with fev’rish heats.|
|Scots Mag. 1 Mar. 68/1: His weary frame is tottering to the grave.|
|Memoirs of the Late Capt. Hugh Crow 57: Such was the effect [i.e. of brandy] upon my worn-out frame that I fell insensible.|
|Works (1862) V 307: Did you ever [...] obtain an insight into the mechanism and operations of the human frame?‘Friend in Need’|
|‘Artemus Ward’ ‘Burial in Richmond and Resurrection in Boston’ [Internet] Was this frame made to be in bondage? Shall these voices be hushed? Never, never, never!|
|Wolfville 200: One of the Wells-Fargo sports gets a bullet plumb through his frame, an’ is dead.|
|Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 19: Nature had favored her with a faultless frame.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 22 Oct. 4/8: I don’t know why yous gets your body in a not about the straw hat push. They’ve got, quit as much rite to prat their frames in if they like.|
|Zone Policeman 88 235: A burly soldier [...] howling some joyful song with six or seven little ‘Spig’ policemen climbing about his frame.|
|Aussie (France) 10 Jan. 2/1: A bunch of Diggers were playing it [sc. two-up] near Charleroi when the Prince of Wales blew up. The Prince pushed his frame in and risked ten ‘frogs’ and won.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Eventually the model ‘S.M. Herald’ leader will read like this [...] ’E’ll mug himself out of ’is possie yet. ’E’ll prat ’is frame in wunce too often.|
|North. Standard (Darwin, NT) 29 Jan. 2/4: Those boose is slowly passing through my frame.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 36: Bonfires burst out in all parts of the frame.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Dec. 33/2: Something came / An’ got me in the game /An’ so I bogged me frame / Into there.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 27 Aug. 11/1: You stache your frame back to the P.A. and beef to the gang that the ‘Dark Eagle’ is in port.|
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 255: frame (n.): the body.|
|Really the Blues 1I: Had that grand and glorious feeling again [...] with ultra-violet rays playing hide-and-seek all through my frame.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 5: Then comes the ‘Whoola’ dancer whose just about a booger, fine frame no parts lame.|
|Hiparama of the Classics 10: So the Naz and his Buddies [...] run into a little Cat with a bent frame.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 85: frame 1. (fr black sl) the body.|
|When Me Was A Boy 144: Woman was doin’ them bes’ fi show off them frame. The two-piece bath suit began to use less an less material.|
2. (US black) a person.
|DN III:i 79: frame, n. Person; in the objective case, him, her. ‘He crawled his frame.’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|[song title] Fine Brown Frame.|
|Laughing to Keep from Crying 52: What’s your name, Miss Fine Brown Frame?|
|Queens’ Vernacular 85: frame 1. (fr black sl) [...] 2. (rare) man who possesses certain characteristics which appeal to homosexuals though he may not be gay himself.|
3. a skeleton.
|Shorty McCabe 40: A pair of animated frames that showed the S. P. C. A. hadn’t got as far as It’ly yet.|
4. (US black) a suit of clothes.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
1. (also climb over someone’s frame, climb up someone’s back) to harass or criticize verbally.
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 13: climb over one’s frame To scold.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 277: I’m not bothering anybody. Why do people come climbing up my back?|
|14 Feb. [Internet] I had an elder who climbed my frame because I called our morning service ‘assembly’ instead of ‘morning worship.’.|
2. (US, also jar someone’s frame, rock...) to assault physically.
|Web and the Rock 40: I’ll come right over there and climb your frame.|
|(con. WWII) Marines! 22: ‘Gallagher, Ahm gonna climb youah frame. On youah feet!’ [...] They fought for fifteen minutes and it must have been a good scrap.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 163: ‘I’ll rock your frame,’ I threatened [...] ‘I’ll jar your frame.’.|
|Iron Orchard (1967) 137: One of these days a sonofabitch that calls himself Cap Bruner is gonna get his frame clumb. And I mean clumb good.|
|[Internet] Bubba, however doesn’t give a shit. When he decides it is time to fight, he is going to try to climb your frame. And he doesn’t care how he does it.|
(N.Z.) to move, to make a sudden journey.
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 May 6/2: ‘Say, old Bluebeard,’ he cried, ‘if you’re anywheres about, hop your frame out.’.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 209: Got fed up after the brigade came back from Gazala [...] So I hopped my frame to Cairo for a spell.|