1. in senses suggesting a lit. or fig. additive.
(a) of dice, in some way crooked.
|Sporting Mag. Oct. XIX 26/2: His Grace got up in a passion, and put the dice in his pocket. The gamesters were all terrified, as they knew they were loaded.|
|Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 14: I was caught in the very act of shifting [...] at least twenty loaded, scooped, and false dice were found on me.|
|Cork Examiner 24 May 1/7: Loaded Dice [...] He examined them and found they were (although regularly stamped) loaded with quicksilver in the most ingenious manner, so that it was nearly impossible to discover the cheat.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 90: He can [...] slip the loaded ones, better than anybody in this village.|
|Dundee, Perth & Cupar Advertiser 23 June 3/7: The plaintiff [...] declared he had been cheated by means of loaded dice.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 387/1: The dice were so made that no prize could be thrown; the numbers were not regular as in good dice, and they were loaded as well.|
|Golden Butterfly III 15: Those dice were loaded.|
|Deacon Brodie II tab.IV viii: These dice are not loaded.|
|Morpeth Herald 18 July 2/7: On Saturday night a man [was] charged [...] with unlawfully gamlbing with loaded dice.|
|Darkey Dialect Discourses 20: Loaded dice is one ob de lowest, meanest and contempabul methods ob obtaining money under false pretences.|
|‘The Gin Done Done It’ [lyrics] Dice was loaded, made me sore.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 414: Pullin’ loaded dice on Lefty. The rat!|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 94: Should he prefer to ‘shoot the bones’ (play dice) his light-fingered friends can palm a loaded set with absurd ease.|
|He who Shoots Last 60: He wuz playin’ wif loaded dice.|
|Carlito’s Way 16: These dice are loaded. You guys are robbing me.|
(b) of anything other than dice, similarly crooked.
|Nightmare Town (2001) 123: It’s simply a case of duck into the doorway, trade papers, and go on, leaving the loaded one for the doc to read.‘Zigzags of Treachery’ in|
|Dead Ringer 31: They were all pretty heavily loaded against the sucker.|
(c) (US) laced with alcohol, drugs or poison [note SE loaded, of wine, adulterated to appear full-bodied].
|Story Omnibus (1966) 289: They had drunk a toast — a loaded one — and those who hadn’t drunk [...] had been gunned as they tried to get away.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Ten Story Gang Aug. [Internet] The victim was plied with spiked and loaded drinks at his or her own expense.‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in|
|Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 210: The loaded coffee was like a fire in his empty tum.‘The Dark Diceman’ in|
|Fields of Fire (1980) 258: Ogre gives him a loaded Salem, starts rapping with him.|
(d) (US Und.) prepared to lie on oath.
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 221: This kid is loaded, otherwise Gotham wouldn’t bring him in now.|
(e) of boxers, to have the hands taped with heavy insulating tape, thus rendering his blows more lethal.
|In This Corner (1974) 37: I, of course, had my gloves ‘loaded.’ I had insulation tape laid across my hands.in Heller|
|Pugilist at Rest 20: I was convinced his gloves were loaded.|
(f) (Aus. Und., also loaded up) ‘planted’ with incriminating evidence.
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 35: Loaded Up Evidence planted by police.|
2. (orig. US, also loaded up) drunk.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 Aug. 2/7: The Gunn [i.e. Mr William Gunn], who was evidently loaded to the muzzle, immediately fired a volley of abuse at witness, .|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 31 Jan. 14/3: ‘The guard was more loaded than the gun’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 May 13/3: This sight, as may be expected, drives the sailors and miners (all pretty well ‘loaded up’) to frenzy, and charge after charge is made at the [Salvation] Army as it struggles along.|
|Lantern (N.O.) 6 Oct. 2: The gang of men [...] should act different when they get loaded.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 14 Dec. 2/1: Donald Gunn was charged [...] with being drank. He said he didn’t know he was loaded.|
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 64: Put yer mon in yer pocket! Yer loaded an’ yehs on’y makes a damn fool of yerself.|
|Jest Of Fate (1903) 212: Well, you know what I told you the last time you got loaded? I mean it too.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 19 Oct. 3/3: One of these old pals was loaded up to the tonsils with booze.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 29 Jan. 1/1: A police-trooper is waiting for the loaded-up lotharios and their lydies.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Oct. 16/1: I never seen him loaded up like you or me or Snowy; / But, all the same, old Alfie D., gets rolling tight as Chloe.|
|God’s Man 281: Now he tells everybody I got him loaded and lifted his souper.|
|diary 19 Oct. [Internet] Drank some star that Tookey went over the top to get. Came back loaded and gave us all a hoot.|
|‘Good Chib Blues’ [lyrics] Aah if you get loaded baby, and think you want to go, Remember baby you ain’t no better than the man I had before.|
|Red Wind (1946) 85: Everything’s oke except Mac’s loaded.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|Really the Blues 94: The musicians who were bottle babies, always hitting the jug and then coming up brawling after they got loaded.|
|One Lonely Night 9: A good drunk and you can forget about it [...] Call me when you’re loaded.|
|Crust on its Uppers 38: I’ve never discussed second-hand jams with anyone [...] let alone in Winston’s when I’m loaded.|
|Black Girl Lost 9: Many grown women wouldn’t have able to recognize [...] he was loaded.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 3: Tommy gets loaded. He doesn’t mean any disrespect.|
|Curvy Lovebox 92: Don’t go ge’in loaded.|
|Indep. Rev. 18 Feb. 11: Two groups of twentysomething friends go to a nightspot, get loaded.|
|Viva La Madness 105: ‘We’ll meet again, sir,’ says Giles, very loaded.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I got loaded up on a triple_shot and at least half a dozen chasers.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|
3. (orig. US, also loaded up) intoxicated with a drug.
|Artie (1963) 45: You don’t mean to say that you were — loaded?|
|Journal Amer. Instit. of Criminal Law and Criminology VIII Jan. 749–56: Another ‘hop head,’ loaded with morphine, went into a room, and ‘frisked’ the sleeping occupant’s clothes of six dollars and a half.|
|Crucibles of Crime 126: These handkerchiefs had been dipped in cocaine and then carefully ironed. The mark on the corner notified the ‘snowbird’ that it was ‘loaded’.|
|Shadows of Men 189: He knew that an addict ‘loaded on C’ was subject to wild and painful imaginings.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Junkie (1966) 122: To get really loaded, you would need four papers.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 96: He beat up a girl [...] one night when he was high. [...] He’s crazy when he’s loaded.|
|No Beast So Fierce 28: ‘We’ll get loaded.’ ‘Not on junk.’ ‘Some pot or something.’.|
|Skin Tight 107: They got me loaded up on morphine.|
|Pugilist at Rest 24: I’m loaded on Depakene, phenobarbital, Tegretol, Dilantin – the whole shit load.|
|Observer Mag. 11 June 12: Trying to find a way in which I could continue to get loaded without it being a problem.|
4. (orig. US, also loaded down) rich, either in actual cash or simply, esp. in prison use, in possessions such as tobacco; of a place, filled with money or valuables.
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 107: They made their headquarters at the gambling-rooms [...] and, being generally loaded with money, would play liberally against the faro-bank.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 198: They [i.e. sailors] were all loaded for snowbirds.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 172: He had got a ‘Steer’ that the litle safe [...] would be loaded for a killing around Thanksgiving.‘Prison Mass’ in|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 212: Jesus, I thought, this dame is loaded, she really is.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 150: The door checker [...] gave him the high sign that the little Marine was loaded.|
|Scene (1996) 63: I betcha he’s loaded down though, him and his old lady both.|
|Howard Street 66: Jimmy [...] had an almost uncanny knack for spotting a loaded chump.|
|Family Arsenal 32: You don’t need the money. You’re loaded.|
|Skin Tight 226: A million dollars . . . You said he’s loaded.|
|White Boy Shuffle 37: I’ll miss the weekend speedboat outings with your red-headed ex-Playboy Bunny mom and her loaded boyfriend.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I’ll get you something for pain and suffering. This bloke’s loaded.|
|Breakfast on Pluto 59: She used to bring me food and money. (As if I needed it — I was loaded!).|
|Hell on Hoe Street 135: They want a packet of dosh for him, heard his family got loaded in England.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Thought I was loaded and he could get some money out of me’.|
5. in possession of a large amount of a given commodity, e.g. drugs.
|Home to Harlem 189: Their mouths are loaded with filth, and that’s what gets me.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 715: The books are so loaded with wagers on Cara Mia to win.‘All Horse Players Die Broke’ in|
|USA Confidential 230: Milwaukee is loaded with dead-falls, joints, clip-dives and carnival midway attractions, cheap, corny and crummy.|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 129: The place was loaded with cops.|
|Damned and Destroyed 36: Loaded. Full of heroin. Carrying a roll, too.|
|Frying-Pan 147: I’m always loaded [...] I’m carrying a lot of stuff.|
|Killing Time 224: Both of ’em are loaded with time — one’s doing thirty and the other’s doing twenty.|
|Life 7: ‘I’m loaded.’ He’s got bottles fuill of Tuinal.|
6. (Aus./US) infected with a venereal disease.
|US Army Anti-VD Poster Loaded? [of three pictured young wommen] Don’t take chances with pikcups!|
|DAUS].Jockey Rides Honest Race 21: They reckon all the tars come off the boats and lay them. Half of them are probably loaded, but I reckon they would be pretty hot in bed [|
7. of a female, well-built, big-breasted.
|Rock 80: Cora shows on the scene. She’s a real loaded girl, Fat all over.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] loaded adj 1. large breasted. (‘Woah, that girl’s loaded!’).|
|Start in Life (1979) 70: You and Alfie Bottesford have been rubbing up together so that he’s got you loaded.|
9. of an automobile, customized [i.e. loaded with a variety of accessories].
|Random Family 65: First prize was a loaded Mitsubishi Galant.|
10. see loaded for bear
see sense 4 above.
1. holding a good poker hand.
|Thompson Street Poker Club 26: ‘We’se loaded fer bar over yar,’ retorted Mr. Smith.|
|S. Larsen ‘Vocab. of Poker’ AS XXVI:2 100/1: loaded for bear. To hold a strong hand.|
2. fully prepared for all problems, esp. the hardest ones, thus also fully armed and equipped for conflict (cf. armed for bear phr.).
|World (N.Y.) 19 Oct. 3/5: Ewing was loaded for bear and was just spoiling for a chance to catch somebody on bases.|
|(con. 1875) Cruise of the ‘Cachalot’ 2236: When yew fired that ole gun, I guss it mus’ have bin loaded fer bear, fer ye just tumbled clar head over heels backwards.|
|Songs of a Sourdough 30: There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty and loaded for bear.‘The Shooting of Dan McGrew’ in|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 308: If we had another good pitcher now we ’d be loaded for bear.‘A Rain Check’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 280: There were, say, a hundred and fifty thugs in on it, loaded for bear.‘The Big Knockover’|
|How To Be Poor 3: You are ‘loaded,’ and I don’t mean liquor — I mean ‘you’ve got what it takes’.|
|One Lonely Night 79: The kind of enemies I make go around loaded.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 838: You’re loaded for bear, aint you?|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 97: You-all has sure come loaded for bear.|
|Go-Boy! 32: There were six of them in the jeep and they looked like they were laoded for bear.|
|It (1987) 296: ‘You got your ah-ah-aspirator, Eddie?’ Eddie slapped his pocket. ‘I’m loaded for bear.’.|
|Finnegan’s Week 256: The most expensive item on her [Bobbie] body, next to her Colt .45 was her Gloria Vanderbilt lace-up booties. [...] Fin could see that Nell was not packing, but he figured that Bobbie would be loaded for rhino, and she was.|
|Robbers (2001) 357: He [...] took a moment staring at all the guns in there. Man, Ray Bob’d been loaded for bear.|
|AS XVI:1 Jan. 70/1: loaded for bear. [Ibid.] loaded to the muzzle.‘Drunk in Sl.’ in|
1. in var. phrs. as synons. for drunk, incl. loaded to the barrel, ...the earlobes, ...the gills, ...the guards, ...the gunnels, ...the hat, ...the muzzle, ...the Plimsoll Mark, ...the tailgate.
|Arizona Republican (Phoeniz, AZ) 21 Sept. 16/2: Miller was loaded to the guards with conversation water.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Mar. 2nd sect. 1/1: That a North of Perth pub billiard room recalls a thieves’ kitchen. That patrons get loaded to the Plimsoll with booze and sprawl on the table.|
|Fighting Blood 252: Then who comes along but Rags Dempster, loaded to the guards.|
|‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] loaded to the Plimsoll mark.|
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 78: I, not not being used to drinking much, got loaded to the eyes.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 219: For the ceremony, he was loaded to the gills, lit up like a sky-rocket.|
|in By Himself (1974) 242: I’ll bet he’s loaded to the scuppers.|
|I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 102: She was loaded to the eyeballs.‘The Death of Me’ in|
|Pallet on the Floor 39: You’re loaded to the ears to-night.|
|About Face (1991) 40: Still loaded to the eyeballs from a wild night’s partying.|
2. (drugs) in var. phrs. as synons. for intoxicated by a drug.
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 100: Obviously very drunk and, as I learned later, loaded to his ears on Seconal and pot.‘Russian Blackie’ in|
1. see sense 1f above .
2. see sense 2 above .
3. see sense 3 above .