Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pin n.

1. in ext./fig. uses of SE.

(a) the penis.

‘Talk of Ten Wives’ in Furnivall Jyl of Brentford 32: [His] sory pyne That schulld hengge bytwen his leggis.
[UK]J. Heywood Four P.P. in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 36: Great pins she must have, one or other; If she lose one, she will find another.
[UK]Misogonus in Farmer (1906) I ii: As for my pinnes, I’ll bestow them of Joan When we sit by the fire and roast a crab; She and I have good sport when we are all alone.
[UK]Fletcher Loyal Subject III v: Have ye any crackt maiden-heads, to new leach or mend? [...] Ile clout ’em, Ile mend ’em, Ile knock in a pin, Shall make ’em as good maids agen, As ever they have been.
[UK]H. Glapthorne Lady Mother I i: Her Belly a soft Cushion where no sinner But her true love must dare stick a pin in her.
J. Suckling ‘Pedlar of Small Wares’ in Works (1910) 65: Ladies, want you pins? If that you do, I have those will enter, and that stiffly too.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Rabelais III 19: The quick-set Imp of the Pin of Copulation.
[UK] ‘Have Y’Any Crackt Maidenheads?’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 44: I’ll clout ’em, I’ll mend ’em, I’ll knock in a pin.
[UK] ‘Jolly Jack of all Trades’ Pepys Ballads (1987) IV 263: Pins for precious Maids.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 681: Even Prosperine shan’t scape a prick Of the long pin within thy breeches.
[UK] ‘North Country Lovers’ Pepys Ballads (1987) IV 24: Unto Venus sport she drew him in And in her mortrice fastened straight his pin.
Johnson Country Lasses V i: I dress her, I undress her; [...] she wou’d not suffer any living Thing to stick a Pin about her besides me.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 17: The use of the needle first fired this lady’s imagination with the use of a certain pin.
[UK] Burns ‘Brose an’ Butter’ Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 72: And hey, for roaring pin / To nail twa wames thegither.
[UK] ‘A Celebrated Parody On The King, God Bless Him’ Cockchafer 6: I boast not of gems, but a pin for my lass. / Of strength nought can e’er dispossess it. / Upstanding, uncovered, right up, let it pass. / Here’s a health to Quim, and God bless it.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 25 Mar. 3/1: Smith [...] said feelingly, ‘Would you really, Rosy, like to be a butterfly?’ [...] "No, indeed, I would not, for if I was, you would lay me on my back and run a pin through me.’ Smith blushed.
[UK] ‘The Royal Passage’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 57: [...] to see / The celebrated Needles, ’bout which there has been such a din, / When the Queen declared she’d any time much sooner see a pin.
[US]Stag Party n.p.: I heard her exclaim, ’tis a beautiful pin, / Be quick now my darling and put it right in.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 64: Cheville, f. The penis; ‘the pin’.
‘Bollocky Bill the Sailor’ [lyrics] What have you got between your thighs / I have got a pin-cushion / And I’ve got a pin, and I’ll stick it in.
[US]R. McAlmon Companion Volume 50: They don’t take the pin. They’re lots of others who go in for the fumbling stuff.
[US]Bo Carter ‘Pin in Your Cushion’ [lyrics] Now let me stick my pin, oh, in your cushion, baby, my pin is so bright and long.
[UK] ‘O’Reilly’ in Bold (1979) 166: At last I found her hole, Sir, / And tried it with my pin.
[US]R.H. Rimmer Harrad Experiment 48: ‘Why didn’t you pin her and get it over with?’ [...] ‘I’ve got principles. I’m not using my pin to seduce virgins.’.

(b) (drugs) a hypodermic syringe (or a makeshift alternative), used for injecting narcotic drugs.

[US]F. Williams Hop-Heads 51: I got to having a lot of dreams about guys giving me a shot. And just as the ‘pin’ was going ‘home’ I’d wake up and realize the misery I was in.
[US]M. Agar Ripping and Running.

(c) (drugs) a very thin marijuana cigarette.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 210: pin [usually rolled thinner than an ordinary cigarette] A marijuana cigarette.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]Abel Marihuana Dict.
[US] ‘420 Dict.’ at 420TIMES.COM [Internet] Pin – thinly-rolled marijuana cigarettes.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pin — Marijuana.

2. almost always in pl., a leg; thus pin-ends, feet.

[UK]Hickscorner Ci: I wolde that hell were full of suche prymmes Than wolde I renne thyder on my pynnes As fast as I myght go.
[UK]J. Earle Micro-Cosmographie No. 25: A Downe-right scholler: His body is not set upon nice pinnes, to bee turning and flexible [...] but his scrape is homely and his nod worse.
[UK]J. Burgoyne Lord of Manor III ii: I never saw a fellow better set upon his pins.
[Ire] ‘De Kilmainham Minit’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 7: When I’m cut down from de Rope. / You’ll bring back de Puff to me Bellows, / And set me, once more, on me Pins.
[UK] ‘Pray Remember Jack’ Jovial Songster 84: I ax’d, as folks hove by, / And shew’d my wooden pin.
[UK]T. Whittell ‘Valiant Edward Steel’ Poetical Works 139: Your pins must have a wimble.
[Aus]N.-Y. National Advocate 14 Nov. 2/3: There was considerable claret drawn [...] dominos shattered, bowsprit twisted away, and hulks otherwise damaged, till neither party was able to stand on his pins.
[UK]Egan Bk of Sports 52: He is [...] as nimble on his pins as a greyhound.
[UK]Punch 17 July I 4: Tom unshackles his wooden pin.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Sept. 4/2: But quickly on his pins again he meditates a teaser / Bungs up the eye of Bungaree and clareted his sneezer.
[UK]G.W.M. Reynolds Mysteries of London II (2nd series) 389: I shall take care to keep more steady on my pins.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 79: I don’t often get up on my pins to trouble you with a neat and appropriate speech.
[US]Night Side of N.Y. 28: In vain did the chairman hoist the now disjointed Jemmy McLangley upon his liquor-soaked pins.
[Aus]Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW) 18 Sept. 4/1: A racehorse with damaged legs is described [...] as ‘done up in his pins’ and [...] ‘weak in his understanding,’ or ‘shaky in his timbers’.
[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 109: They’d make her so sarsy that she’d forget to be keerful of her lame pin, and lay herself up.
[UK]G.R. Sims Dagonet Ballads 78: Yes, he goes lame on his pins.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Admiral Guinea II vi: Just you get up and steady yourself on your two pins, and you’ll be as right as ninepence.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) VI 1221: Bella [...] had a full-calved pair of pins, which increased my lust for her.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 299: It took nearly a month before he was regularly on his pins again.
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 92: She’s livelier on her pins dan a cable car goin round Union Square.
[UK]A. Binstead Gal’s Gossip 147: I felt unsteady on my pins.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 29 Dec. 200: We were [...] all good on our pins, and long-distance walkers.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 109: He says I got the handsomest pins in the company.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 105: He was a lively old gent on his pins.
[UK]E.W. Rogers [perf. Vesta Tilley] He’s going in for this dance now [lyrics] He was fairly knocked right off his pins.
[US]O. Johnson Varmint 127: They say the Roman was knocked clean off his pins.
[Aus]‘Henry Handel Richardson’ Aus. Felix (1971) 92: Have been hit in the pin. Come if possible.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 355: Straight on her pins anyway not like the other.
[US]Van Vechten Nigger Heaven 60: They touch most of us, knock us off our pins, and make us want to cry or shout.
[US](con. 1917–19) Dos Passos Nineteen Nineteen in USA (1966) 374: He looks a bit weak on his pins, corporal.
[UK]W. Watson Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2000) 123: The pins aren’t wobbling.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Coffin for a Coward’ in Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] I said: ‘Hey, nix!’ and surged to my pins.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 374: White legs and knees. Pathos of her pins.
[Aus]G. Hamilton Summer Glare 53: I came home with a beaut plastered pin, white, stiff and cumbersome.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 61: Nice pair of pins you got there, kid.
[UK]D. Nobbs Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 102: You haven’t half got a nice pair of pins on you.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 117: Bunches of varicose like gnarled roots on her pins.
[UK]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 89: He’d just come out of hospital after having his leg amputated [...] so I gave him a drink and asked him what it felt like to be on one pin now.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 123: Na Na’s pins are fucked up likes.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 6: She did have nice pins, though.
[UK]A. Wheatle Dirty South 126: I don’t give a fuck if you don’t spread your pins for me tonight.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] I could see a couple of bruises [...] on the backs of those never-ending pins.

3. a drug dealer [? abbr. SE kingpin].

[US] cited in Spears Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).

4. (US prison, also pinner) a female inmate acting as a lookout.

[US]R. Giallombardo Study of a Women’s Prison 116: The ‘hip square’ tends to sympathize with the inmate code [...] sometimes going so far as to ‘pin’ – act as lookout – for other inmates. [Ibid.] 122: The pinner must be an inmate who can be trusted.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 40: Pin A female keeping watch for prison guards or officials while an illegal activity is taking place.

In compounds

pin box (n.)

the vagina.

[UK]T. Duffet Psyche Debauch’d IV ii: Save your Princes, still whining after your Pinbox, are there no more Maids but Maukin?
[UK] ‘The High-prized Pin-box’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1897) VIII 713: This Damsel she doth set great store / by her pin-box brisk and rare; / But every ordinary whore hat got such kit of ware.
pin-cushion (n.)

the mons veneris; thus the vagina.

[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London II 258: ‘They say that Cleopatra’s Needle’s to be stuck in front of Carlton House!’ ‘They’ll make the square a pin-cushion.’ ‘No! worse—a needle-case.’.
[UK] ‘The Parish Priest’ Regular Thing, and No Mistake 74: When she’d find you niggling upon Love’s pincushion, / She’d spit in your face and call you a fool.
[UK] ‘Woman’s Dial’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 5: Mother Eve, in her wooly pincushion, they say, / Put a pin to distingwish the night from the day.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) V 960: This pad [of flesh] gradually dies off into the general surface of the belly, and is called a mons, or pincushion.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
‘Bollocky Bill the Sailor’ [lyrics] What have you got between your thighs / I have got a pin-cushion / And I’ve got a pin, and I’ll stick it in.
[US]Bo Carter ‘Pin in Your Cushion’ [lyrics] Now let me stick my pin, oh, in your cushion, baby, ’cause your cushion’s so soft and warm.
pin-jabber (n.) [jab v. (1)]

(drugs) a drug user who injects their preferred drug.

D. Lochte Lucky Dog and Other Tales of Murder 74: Try five years doubled up in a ten-foot cage with an ex-pin jabber who can’t do nothing but play nose checkers.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pin covers (n.)

a pair of breeches or trousers.

[UK]Flash Mirror 7: [A] light-coloured neck scrag, gold chin prop, turnip and bunch of onions, pinched-in pin covers and Wellington mud-rakers .
pin-dick (n.)

(US) a small and/or thin penis.

[US] N. Flexner Disassembled Man [ebook] Were you sticking your pin-dick into the Hershey highway? You fucking faggot.
pinhead (n.)

see separate entries.

pin work (n.)

(US Und.) pinpricks on cards, used to aid cheating.

[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 158/1: Pinwork. Needle or pin pricks marking playing cards for cheating—a crude variation of edgework.

In phrases

hang a pin (v.)

(US) to give one’s girlfriend one’s fraternity pin to wear as a sign of engagement or exclusive dating relationship.

[US] in D.O. Smith Cradle 28: You had little respect for the real meaning of hanging a pin ... and decided that hanging the pin would be a delightful gesture toward the Goddess Romance [HDAS].
[US]Weseen Dict. Amer. Sl. 184: Hang a pin—To become engaged to a girl and put a fraternity pin on her as a sign.
pull the pin (v.) [the pulling of the connecting pin between two railroad wagons]

1. (US) to resign, to retire, to quit, to be fired from a job; to go on strike.

[US]C. Samolar ‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in AS II:9 391: To bunch, or to drag it, means to quit. To pull the pin has the same meaning.
[US]L. Beebe High Iron 222: Pull the Pin, to: To knock off work or go home for the day.
[US]R.O. Boyer Dark Ship 153: Old-timers are constantly talking about ‘hitting the bricks’ and ‘pulling the pin’ and ‘sitting her down,’ expressions indicating strikes.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 813: pull the pin – To quit work.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 54: Only four years to go until I can pull the pin and retire.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 308: ‘You’re pulling the pin?’ the Ferret said. ‘Yeah, twenty years is enough,’ the Weasel said.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 96: I quit on the spur of the moment, and when I told Lanny he pulled the pin too.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘I’m not so sure I don’t want to finish out at some desk in the outer boroughs, pull the pin, take my pension‘.

2. (US Und.) to leave, to go (away).

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 151: PULL THE PIN.– [...] to leave, to go away.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 813: pull the pin – [...] to leave; to go away.

3. (US prison) to call for help.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Pull the Pin: Call for help, sometimes derogatory towards officers. ‘He’s gonna pull the pin,’ or ‘He’d probably pull the pin.’ (NY).
put in the pin (v.) [put in the peg under peg n.4 ]

to stop drinking during a session, or to give up drinking completely.

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]London Standard 13 Dec. 3/3: When he has lapped the Gutter, and Got the Gravel Rash [...] not till then is he entitled, in vulgar society, to the title of Lushington, or recommended to Put in the Pin.
[UK]Greenock Teleg. 24 July 3/1: The Bailie said that [...] he would strongly advise her to put in the pin and keep herself sober.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 254: Pin ‘to put in the PIN,’ to refrain from drinking. From the ancient peg tankard, which was furnished with a row of PINS, or pegs, to regulate the amount which each person was to drink. A correspondent gives a different explanation. ‘When an Irishman makes a vow or promise to abstain from drinking for a time, he puts a PIN in the right-hand cuff of his coat. So that, in case he could ever forget his promise, he will see the pin, like an accusing angel, when lifting the glass to his mouth.’ Drunken people are often requested to ‘put in the PIN,’ from some remote connexion between their unsteadiness and that of a carriage wheel which has lost its linch-PIN.