1. keenly, enthusiastically.
|Life in London (1869) 222: One of the coffee-shop party is tipping a Charley to buff it strong against tom and jerry.|
|Picking from the Picayune 9: You can go the anti-Washingtonian ticket strong.|
|Sam Sly 10 Feb. 2/2: Give the people back their money; if you do not, look out, for you shall have it strong.|
|G’hals of N.Y. 41: Cussed if I don’t put into it strong, and ’stonish ’em!|
|‘’Arry in Parry’ Punch 15 Nov. 217/1: If you’d twigged me, dear boy, on the start you’d ’a said I was mixing it strong.|
|Arbroath Herald 28 Apr. 2/5: ‘Tammas got it [i.e. a scolding] strong’.|
|Barkeep Stories 184: ‘Well, de burly keeps handin’ it to de little guy strong ’bout how he kin go hisself’.|
|Forty Modern Fables 104: She touted him strong to all the Girls.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 17: I gave it to Almira strong, she lookin’ a soft ’n’ simple baby mine.‘Nicholas Don & the Meek Almira’|
|Mutt & Jeff 13 Sept. [synd. strip] I’m for the news boys strong. I’ll do it.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 12 June 4/3: They Say [...] That Bertie H [...] is putting in strong for his cousin.|
|Manhattan Transfer 31: The poor fellow never did go very strong in the bright lights.|
|Capricornia (1939) 399: The Wet’ll have set in strong.|
|‘Back Door Stuff’ 20 Aug. [synd. col.] [T]he old chick [...] went strong for the idea of having such a ‘nice young man’.|
|Long Wait (1954) 106: The past week she’s been going strong for this one joe.|
|Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 48: Now I’m courting rather strong.|
|After Hours 151: She didn’t go for it too strong.|
|🌐 Cherry would hide inside her birthday cake, and when the party got going strong, she would come bursting out, and all the men would get to bid for her.at www.asstr.org|
|Our Town 270: I asked about the green cross sewn to the front of his white mask. [...] ‘I’m strong into the Bible,’ he said. ‘You know there’s four pages in there on segregation.’.|
|http://goodmagic.com 🌐 Strong [...] an aggressive quality (‘"Did you have to play the mark that strong?’).‘Carny Lingo’ in|
|Gullible’s Travels 🌐 When my Missus can overlook a guy stingin’ me for legal tender, it means he’s in pretty strong with her.‘The Water Cure’ in|
|Crongton Knights 123: I don’t wanna be rude but I don’t even know you too strong.|
3. (US) in context of burlesque/striptease, displaying a maximum amount of flesh, thus work strong, to perform in that way.
|17 Mar. [synd. col.] At the Troc Theatre [in Philadelphia] we worked stronger than here; didn’t wear net brassieres at all.|
|http://goodmagic.com 🌐 When a girl show works strong all the clothes come off and the girls do the most amazing things with [...] their bodies.‘Carny Lingo’ in|
(Aus.) duplicitous, deceptive.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 14 Aug. 1/5: There you’ll see the ‘strong-oh’ talent / On the lookout for a bloke / Who will back some stiffened pony.|
see under come it v.1
see under come on v.1
to act generously.
|Dreepdaily Burghs 2: I had of late come out rather too strong. When a man has made money easily, he is somewhat prone to launch into expense [F&H].|
|in Bentley’s Misc. XXI 258: You men draw it strong when you want anything.|
|Daily Tel. 6 Apr. n.p.: Our ladies faithfully promised to ‘draw it as mild’ as possible; but when they made their appearance in most splendid array, I felt rather uncertain as to what the consequences might have been if they had drawn it strong.in|
|Innocents at Home 334: He was one of the whitest men that was ever in the mines. You can’t draw it too strong.|
|in Testimony Taken Before the Judiciary Committee of the Senate of Calif. 144: They draw it strong and say ‘You shall purchase all.’.|
|Wolfville Days 64: ‘Tell him to come a-runnin’, Enright,’ says Jack Moore; ‘an’ draw it strong.’.|
1. to speak frankly, to act forcefully.
|N.-Y. Trib. n.p.: President Polk in his message goes it strong for the Sub-treasury [B].|
|Artemus Ward, His Book 64: But its my onbiassed ’pinion that they go it rather too strong on Ethiopians at Oberlin.|
|Down in Tennessee 57: Come all you darkies jine de song [...] You all am free – so go it strong.|
|Civil & Military Gaz. 11 Jan. (1909) 271: Oh, think o' my song when you're gowin' it strong / An’ your boots is too little to ’old yer .‘My Great & Only’ in|
|Gullible’s Travels 163: I got to thinkin’ over what I’d said and wonderin’ if I’d went too strong.‘The Water Cure’|
|Norman’s London (1969) 18: I don’t think I had better go too strong on what I think about these geezers in Soho.in Sun. Graphic 20 July in|
|Young Wolves 27: Ma was still going strong. Pa was letting her have her habitual summing-up and last words.|
2. (Aus.) to act unrestrainedly, e.g. as regards sex.
|Truth (Sydney) 8 June 12/4: But they mustn’t knock around Sir / Openly, and go it strong.|
see under pitch v.
(US black) to act in an aggressive, determined manner.
|Corruption City 20: You’ll tip your hand if you play it too strong.|
|‘The Fall’ in Life (1976) 87: I played it strong, but it wasn’t long / Before they took me to court.et al.|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 68: Since I really didn’t know what to do, I decided to play strong.|
(US) for a performer, e.g. acting more raunchily in burlesque, to perform in an aggressively crowd-pleasing manner, thus overshadowing ensuing acts.
|Same Old Grind 42: So where was the applause? [...] The spick who had been on just before Flame must have worked too strong. Flame would fix her frijole!|