1. extreme, excessive.
|in Buccleuch Mss. (Hist. Mss. Comm.) I 459: Five hundred is a very strong pension as things stand in our Court.|
|Yellowplush Papers in Works III (1898) 243: Fourteen shillings a wick was a little too strong for two such rat-holes as he lived in.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 209/1: It was a little too strong.|
|Dick Temple III 255: He thought it [i.e. a letter] was ‘rather strong.’ ‘But unmistakeable in its meaning?’.|
|Punch Almanack n.p.: Prigs complain they’re spiteful, lor’ wot stuff! / I can’t ever get ’em strong enough.‘Cad’s Calendar’ in|
|Diogenes’ Sandals 189: Please do not use strong language.|
|Express & Teleg. (Adelaide) 17 June 3/8: A rough-looking scrub-cocky told a group of cronies, ‘My word, them blokes is dead strong. They’ll take yer money for a horse that ain't even startin’’.|
|Sporting Times 11 Jan. 1/3: Yet because one night he chanced to biff his bleary eye / And his ruddy nose against me, making lots of claret fly, / He used language which I daren’t repeat, though I’m not over shy, / And it must be strongish to upset a lamp-post!‘Language to a Lamp-Post’|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Nov. 14/1: There’s no end to th’ buffaloes in th’ Territory, an’ wot ‘Vigilans’ sez about Laurie sendin’ away two er three thousan’ ’ides a year ain’t a bit too strong.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 159: I’ve [...] learned to save money [...] I used to be pretty strong the other way.‘Loosening Up of Hogan’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 250: It seems to me they are getting too strong.‘Madame La Gimp’ in|
|Stories & Plays (1973) 159: Really, old man, that’s a bit strong, you know.Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’|
|Fings II i: When it comes to blades and on my manor, well that’s a bit strong, isn’t it?|
|Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 111: I thought she had everything that a woman should have. But going in after him seemed a bit strong.|
|Much Obliged, Jeeves 107: That’s strong stuff for him. ‘Most disturbing’ is as far as he usually goes.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 162: Bit strong, Oz.|
|Indep. Mag. 26 June 22: We wanted something witty and strong.|
|(con. c.1945) Island Songs (2006) 40: Her father wanted a ‘strong word’ with her.|
2. of people, uncompromising, zealous.
|Minister’s Wooing 282: ‘Some folks say,’ said Candace, ‘that dreaming about white horses is a certain sign. Jinny Styles is very strong about that. Now she came down one morning crying , 'cause she had been dreaming about white’ horses .|
|Right Sort Ch. xxiv: I doubt very much if Mary, who is so strong on the proprieties, will consider you and Mr. McGrath sufficient chaperones [OED].|
|Psmith in the City (1993) 47: Is he strong on any particular team?|
|Texas Stories (1995) 69: He is very strong on anythin’ black, just so long as it’s plenty stinky.‘Thundermug’ in|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 11: Yu got me wrong. I’m not strong on religion.|
|Pimp 232: If I’d had a pistol I’d have croaked the strong bastard.|
3. competent, able, well-versed.
|Artie (1963) 8: Not that I’m strong on the con talk, but I know I’d be in it with them fellows.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 235: I went back to the office to tell ’em I was too strong for pen-pushing any more.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 124: The Club [...] was beginning to be Strong on Quotations and dates.|
4. in funds, rich; thus phr. of enquiry: how strong are you? how much money do you have?
|Barkeep Stories 64: ‘Den he frisks hisself and finds dat he’s only t’irty cents strong’.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 29: I’m $40 strong today.|
|First Hundred Thousand (1918) 267: If you could make the next postal order a trifle stronger, I might be getting an egg to my tea.|
|Old Man Curry 191: ‘How strong are you?’ ‘Just about two hundred bones.’.‘The Redemption Handicap’ in|
|AS I:12 651: How strong are you?—‘How much money have you?’.‘Hobo Lingo’ in|
|Milk and Honey Route 208: How strong are you? – Meaning, How much money have you? If you have a pile you answer, ‘So strong, I stink’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Young Wolves 53: ‘Too expensive,’ Roy told him flatly. ‘I’m weak.’ ‘They’re on me.’ ‘No. I’d have to owe you.’ ‘So owe me, if that’s the way you want it, but I’m strong tonight. Got plenty of vitamins.’ He waved a couple of bills.|
5. as strong for, keen on.
|People You Know 119: He was not very strong for Romaine Salad or any Speckled Cheese.|
|‘A. Mutt’ [comic strip] Old Mutt is in the booby hatch. He got a great welcome from the boobs and says that he is strong for them.|
|Smile A Minute 60: What I wanna say is this, lieutenant, I’m strong for you from now on.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 96: I’m strong for the government.|
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 99: She is strong for but two things and her peter is both of them.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 213: You’re strong for calypso.|
6. (US) popular.
|Girl Proposition 130: The Fable of the Roundabout Way in which Gilbert Made Himself Strong with Alice.|
|Enemy to Society 295: That’s what makes this safe breakin’ so strong with her; she thinks he took all them chances jest fer her sake.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 10: He was ‘strong’ with the owner, who liked him better than all the other players.‘Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm’ in|
SE in slang uses
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(UK prison) a prison, a punishment cell.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Strong box, a jail.|
|(con. 1970s) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 183: When the double doors of the strong-box were locked behind me, I was left in silence.|
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see heavy game under game n.
1. (US) a crooked or cheating gambling game.
2. (US) a crooked casino or gambling house.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
3. (Aus. Und.) a swindler.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 38/3: ‘Little Max was a strong joint, too?’ suggested Swino. / ‘He was that,’ agreed Ginger. ‘His reign was short but brilliant. I knoo little Mac before he was on the job.’.|
(Aus.) a confidence trickster.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
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