1. of an individual or object, a fake, a fraud.
|Sporting Times (London) 15 Feb. 3/1: ‘Buy the old bloomer a trumpet, if ’e can’t ’ear straight!’.|
|letter in Sporting Times 6 Sept. 3/2: E sez with any luk i wil git the old blumer worned orf the Eath .|
|Knocking the Neighbors 130: A Promissory Note that was a Bloomer to begin with.|
2. (orig. Aus.) an error, a slip; usu. in phrs. go/make a bloomer, come a bloomer.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 July 17/4: [H]e seems to have made a ‘bloomer’ in more ways than one.|
|Sl., Jargon and Cant I 140/1: Bloomer (Australian), prison slang for a mistake. Abbreviated from the expression ‘a blooming error’.in Barrère & Leland|
|Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 6/6: However we do make bloomers at times.|
|Barkeep Stories 116: ‘I ain’t workin’ de odder evenin’ on account o’ me mitt not havin’ rounded to from de bloomer I made in de road race’.|
|🎵 you believe all that you see you fall into a net / Then - to use a sporting phrase - you’re on a bloomer.[perf. Marie Lloyd] That Was a Bloomer|
|S. Aus. Register (Adelaide) 11 May 5/1: Among the words [...] which called forth enquiring interjections from Mr Justice Holroyd were [...] ‘bloomer’ (meaning an error).|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Mar. 11/4: Our Vernacular / Teacher: ‘What is the meaning of mistake?’ / Young Australia (eagerly): ‘Pleassir, bloomer!’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Aug. 11/3: What shocking ‘bloomers’ (from a smoking-room point of view) women often do make when they venture into print, simply because of their comparative ignorance of male argot.|
|Illus. Police News 7 Apr. 13/3: The other replied, ‘You’ve made a bloomer.’ The witness then arrested Woodford. When Police-Constable Boulding seized Hales that prisoner exclaimed, ‘You’ve mode a ‘bloomer’.|
|Spoilers 112: ‘But, my boy, you yourself admit that the dog is worthless.’ ‘No, I don’t, then,’ said Deuce. ‘That’s where you come a bloomer, that is.’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Mar. 4/7: His pedantic rhetoric, or whatever ‘Chaffy’ calls his idiomatioc bloomers.|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 1/5: Only once did I know him to go a bloomer.|
|Magnet 29 Feb. 8: Have you made some fearful bloomer?|
|Cockney At Home 69: ‘You’ll pardon me, young fellow-me-lad, but I’ve bin’ comin’ a bloomer over the broomstick!’ ‘Weddin’?’ says he.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 29 July 3/2: But they never make a bloomer / Picking out a fancy gall.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 255: We have made him somebody, and he has turned out a bloomer because he cannot live up to our specifications.‘Pics’ in|
|Black Gang 426: It was a pretty full-sized bloomer on his part, wasn’t it — pooping off the old bomb?|
|Good Companions 531: ‘Mistake!’ roared the man [...] ‘They’re making the biggest bloomer I ever heard of.’.|
|Enter the Saint 24: The triumphant sleuths of Vine Street [...] had to release you with apologies. Doubtless they’re swearing to make up for that bloomer.|
|They Drive by Night 33: Blimey, there he’d gone and made a bloomer.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 239: I did nothing — except make a bloomer.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 19: I may have made a bloomer and left you with a wrong impression.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 791: bloomer – An error.|
|Guardian G2 22 Sept. 5: That is where you make your bloomer.|
|Indep. Rev. 22 Jan. 20: The British Museum makes an uncharacteristic bloomer.|
3. a complete failure, a disaster; thus pull a bloomer, to be a complete failure.
|Mutt & Jeff 13 Dec. [synd. strip] Mutt made a bloomer writing out a proposal for me yesterday.|
|Hand-made Fables 8: A Blue Fog had settled over the Assemblage and the Party looked like a Bloomer.|
|Letters Home (1984) 79: The N.O.T. is getting bigger every minute, even if we did pull a bloomer at Topeka. There’s no alibi for that, we were simply licked.letter 11 Feb. in Poen|
|Headless Lady (1987) 34: Last season was a bloomer [...] and the grift’s a sort of insurance.|
|AS XXVIII:2 114: bloomer, n. Synonymous with blank (a failure).‘Carnie Talk’ in|
|(con. 1930s) Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968) 263: The bloomer ‘Desire Under the El’ was forgotten.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 791: bloomer [...] a failure.|
4. (US) a joke; thus pull a bloomer, to make a joke.
|Jargon Book 27: Pulled a bloomer – a joke.|
5. (US Und.) a safe that proves to be empty.
|Amer. Law Rev. LII (1918) 890: An empty safe is called a ‘Bloomer’.‘Criminal Sl.’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 397: Bloomer. An empty safe.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 31: ‘They cracked a box, but it was a bloomer,’ merely means the cracksmen forced open a safe, only to find it empty.|
|DAUL 29/2: Bloomer. Any criminal venture that nets profit in negligible amount—usually, the result of misinformation; an empty safe; a penniless victim.et al.|
6. (US) something or somewhere valueless.
|Story Omnibus (1966) 84: This cellar looked like a bloomer. We were wasting time here.‘The Scorched Face’|