Green’s Dictionary of Slang

frame n.1

1. the body.

[UK]W. Combe Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 33/1: His frame’s assail’d with fev’rish heats.
[UK]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.
[UK]T. Hood ‘Friend in Need’ Works (1862) V 307: Did you ever [...] obtain an insight into the mechanism and operations of the human frame?
‘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!
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 200: One of the Wells-Fargo sports gets a bullet plumb through his frame, an’ is dead.
[US]‘Billy Burgundy’ Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 19: Nature had favored her with a faultless frame.
[Aus]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.
[US]H.A. Franck Zone Policeman 88 235: A burly soldier [...] howling some joyful song with six or seven little ‘Spig’ policemen climbing about his frame.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]North. Standard (Darwin, NT) 29 Jan. 2/4: Those boose is slowly passing through my frame.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 36: Bonfires burst out in all parts of the frame.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Dec. 33/2: Something came / An’ got me in the game /An’ so I bogged me frame / Into there.
[US]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.
[US]Cab Calloway New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 255: frame (n.): the body.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 1I: Had that grand and glorious feeling again [...] with ultra-violet rays playing hide-and-seek all through my frame.
[US]L. Durst Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 5: Then comes the ‘Whoola’ dancer whose just about a booger, fine frame no parts lame.
[US]‘Lord Buckley’ Hiparama of the Classics 10: So the Naz and his Buddies [...] run into a little Cat with a bent frame.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 85: frame 1. (fr black sl) the body.
[WI]C. Hyatt 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.

[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:i 79: frame, n. Person; in the objective case, him, her. ‘He crawled his frame.’.
[US]Nellie Lutcher [song title] Fine Brown Frame.
[US]L. Hughes Laughing to Keep from Crying 52: What’s your name, Miss Fine Brown Frame?
[US]B. Rodgers 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.

[US]S. Ford 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.

[US] ‘Jiver’s Bible’ in D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.

In phrases

climb someone’s frame (v.) (US)

1. (also climb over someone’s frame, climb up someone’s back) to harass or criticize verbally.

[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 13: climb over one’s frame To scold.
[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 277: I’m not bothering anybody. Why do people come climbing up my back?
[US]Praise Net! 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.

[US]T. Wolfe Web and the Rock 40: I’ll come right over there and climb your frame.
[US](con. WWII) R. Leckie Marines! 22: ‘Gallagher, Ahm gonna climb youah frame. On youah feet!’ [...] They fought for fifteen minutes and it must have been a good scrap.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 163: ‘I’ll rock your frame,’ I threatened [...] ‘I’ll jar your frame.’.
[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ 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.
[US]No Nonsense Self Defence [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.
hop one’s frame (v.)

(N.Z.) to move, to make a sudden journey.

[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 May 6/2: ‘Say, old Bluebeard,’ he cried, ‘if you’re anywheres about, hop your frame out.’.
[UK]D. Davin 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.