Green’s Dictionary of Slang

posish n.


(orig. US) a position, a situation.

[US]O.W. Norton Army Letters (1903) 113: Snorting their impatience to ‘get into posish,’ came the Monitor, the Galena and others [DA].
[US]Moulton letter in Drickamer Fort Lyon to Harper’s Ferry (1987) 174: I am now occupying the responsible ‘posish’ of Head Clerk.
Idaho Semi-Wkly World (ID) 14 Jan. 3/2: The newly elected county officers are secure in their posish.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Feb. 12/3: The man who used to hawk his fish / Has in the Lands a fine ‘posish.’.
[US]A.C. Gunter Miss Nobody of Nowhere 96: Oh, it’s Flossie you’re driving at. Madame Lamher’s fixing up her educash. She’ll be hardly ready to take up her pos-sish in society till next fall.
[US]Banner-Democrat (Lake Provience, LA) 31 Oct. 3/1: He has got the posish, and he don’t care a continental.
[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 199: I’d ask the people straight out exactly what they wanted, an’ I’d give ’em exactly what they asked for, or t’row up the posish.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Within Their Incomes’ Sporting Times 9 Jan. 1/2: To her he hadn’t mentioned his subordinate ‘posish,’ / But he’d posed as one of lofty pedigree.
Cook Co. News-Herald (MN) 9 June 4/2: Everybody gotta posish but no ambish.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 52: Well, that’s the posish.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Of Love And Hunger 123: ‘D’you mean there’s only one other sales-man in this territory besides me?’ ‘That’s the posish.’.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 103: This is the posish.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 128: So you see the posish.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 25: Janine sneered, never happier than when perched in a posish of high moral authority.