Green’s Dictionary of Slang

strong adj.

1. [mid-17C; mid-19C+] extreme, excessive.

2. [mid-19C+] of people, uncompromising, zealous.

3. [late 19C–1900s] competent, able, well-versed.

4. [late 19C–1950s] in funds, rich; thus phr. of enquiry: how strong are you? how much money do you have?

5. [1900s–50s] as strong for, keen on.

6. [1910s] (US) popular.

SE in slang uses

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strong box (n.)

[1930s+] (UK prison) a prison, a punishment cell.


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strong joint (n.) [joint n. (3b)] [1910s+]

1. (US) a crooked or cheating gambling game.

2. (US) a crooked casino or gambling house.

3. (Aus. Und.) a swindler.

strong man (n.) [he ‘pushes through’ one’s resistance]

[1930s+] (Aus.) a confidence trickster.

strong-mouth (n.)

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