1. pertaining to the shape.
(a) the penis; thus (US gay) bent stick, dead stick, an impotent penis.
|‘The Wanton Trick’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 93: The string of his Viol she put to the Trial, / Till she had the full length of the Stick.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 94: His Viol-string burst, her Tuten she Curst, / However she play’d with the Stick.|
|Spy on Mother Midnight 24: I think you was just now saying, that six or seven Inches would do as well as a Stick that would reach ’twixt this and Lambeth; for I take it, that less than ten can never carry a Man over any thing of a grown River.|
|Love Epistles (translation) in Atkins Sex in Literature IV 86: Nor shall you that sly gypsy nick, / With any weapon but your — stick.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 223: Nor shall you that sly gypsy nick, / With any weapon but your — stick.|
|‘The Parish Priest’ in Regular Thing, And No Mistake 74: For to attempt to correct a modest young woman, / With a diminutive kind of a stick. / Instead of a fine large, etc.|
|‘The Drummer’s Stick’ in Frisky Vocalist 4: He came upon them in the nick, / And found her having the drummer’s stick.|
|‘The Copper Stick’ in Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 4: May every woman – when in the nick, / Always find such a funny copper stick.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 25 Feb. 2/3: All such sticks as these ought to have scratched on their stems or (when made useful) on their ferrules, the fable of old Ae-sop.|
|Screening the Blues (1968) 231: Now your nuts hang down like a damn bell-clapper, / And your stick stands up like a steeple.‘Shave ’Em Dry’ in Oliver|
|Crime Smashers Oct. 30: [comic] Oh, yes! I love your bearded clam! Ooooh...Just be careful...I’m not used to sticks your size!|
|Gaudy Image (1966) 206: ‘You need a spin with a new stick,’ Minnie [i.e. a homosexual man] said, striking a novel pose.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 4: bent stick (n.): The penis of a man too elderly to achieve an erection.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 51: penis incapable of erection [...] bent stick; dead stick.|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 323: My balls just beginning to unlimber [...] and my stick still thinking of the colored maid.|
|‘Holly Rock’ [lyrics] If you got a big enough stick / Come on over to the Holly Rock / Don’t you wanna learn a new trick?|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Stick. 2. A penis.|
|White Boy Shuffle 78: You should hear the guys at school. ‘Suck my dick, slob on the knob, lick my stick’.|
|www.thepantsman.com [Internet] If these women truly are ‘lining up’ for you antipodean Adonis’s, then a filthy hostel hovel is not going to stop a dripper getting a bit of quality stick.|
(b) (UK Und.) a pistol.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Sticks, Pops or Pistols. Stow your Sticks, hide your Pistols.|
|Metropolitan Mag. XIV Sept. 334: Out, howsoever, jumped one of the swells, who was a swodgill, on the other side of the rattler, and coolly taking aim with his stick, brought down poor Bob.|
|‘Fire in the Booth’ [lyrics] These pricks didn't bring sticks they brought planks out / How you gonna bring wood to a gun fight.|
|‘Four Door Coming’ [lyrics] 2 hands on a stick, man I’m tryna catch me a body / Niggas know juice garn spill, if you see me riding with Dotty.|
(c) (UK Und.) a breast-pin.
(d) (US) a baseball bat.
|N.Y. Herald 4 Aug. 6/5: The Empire seemed out of practice with ‘the stick’ [DA].|
|N.Y. Globe 26 Mar. in Unforgettable Season (1981) 33: He outclasses them with the stick.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 113: He rose and picked out his favorite stick.‘Little Sunset’ in|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 27: Stick: Baseball bat. Johnny, grab a stick; you’re up.|
(e) (UK Und.) a crowbar, a jemmy.
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 503: We shall want some twirls and the stick (crowbar), and bring a neddie (life preserver) with you.|
|(con. 1910s) Hell’s Kitchen 37: We had to use brute force and get to work with our ‘sticks’ (jemmies).|
|Eve. Herald (Dublin) 9 Dec. 4/6: Other [underworld] terms include : — ‘Flatty’ (policeman), ‘peach’ (to give away), ‘Peter’ (safe), ‘monkey’ (padlock), ‘stick’ (jemmy), ‘van dragger’ (motor thief), ‘snow’ (cocaine), ‘madam’ (misleading conversation) ‘stir’ (prison).|
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 196: It pays me passage back here and the price of a ‘stick’ (jemmy).|
|Phenomena in Crime 251: The bishop, cane, iron, or stick. All mean a jemmy.|
|Tramp at Anchor 110: Men who were not burglars nevertheless habitually used words like stick [...] when they meant jemmy.|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 67: We went round to my gaff, to get my turtle doves, / My stick, tools and glimmer, which every screwsman loves.|
|(con. 1900–30) East End Und. 281: Have you got your cane? Have you got your stick?in Samuel|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 197: stick jemmy.|
(f) a police truncheon.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Stick, a policeman’s club.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Choirboys (1976) 60: My partner and me and half the nightwatch are gonna work out on your gourd with our sticks.|
|(con. 1900–30) East End Und. 284: Stick – Policeman’s truncheon.in Samuel|
(g) (US Und./prison) a blackjack.
|Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 (1930) 134: stick, n. Blackjack.‘Chatter of Guns’ in|
|DAUL 210/1: Stick, n. [...] 6. (P) A bludgeon.et al.|
(h) a clarinet.
|His Hi De Highness of Ho De Ho 35: The clarinet player, when he takes a soaring break, is ‘getting off on a stick’.|
|Really the Blues 248: If I could play that stick like you do, I’d be out there runnin’ [...] in all the fine places.|
(i) (US gambling) the croupier’s rake; thus used to mean the croupier and the croupier’s booth; thus on the stick, working as a croupier .
|Coll. Stories (1990) 247: A little hunchbacked guy called ‘Speedy’ had his old job on the stick in the blackjack game.‘Every Opportunity’ in|
|Runyon à la Carte 106: Then Slim hollers, ‘Winner, winner, winner,’ as stick guys love to do.|
|DAUL 210/1: Stick, n. [...] 3. A cashier’s cage; a cash register; a croupier’s booth.et al.|
(j) (US) a billiard or pool cue; thus stick hall n., a poolroom.
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process (1969) 790: Thus he used [...] ‘stick hall’ for pool hall.in Cressey & Ward|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 304: Go to the stick hall.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 87: Bert, a better-than-average shooter, took a stick in the game.|
(k) (Aus./US) a surfboard.
|Tharunka (Sydney) 3 Apr. n.p.: Right all you TEAS grabbing, flower bagged, scoob scoffing bastards; down ya bongs, put on ya thongs an’ ‘wax up’ ya sticks.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 7: stick – surfboard: ‘Let’s go to the beach so that I can try out my new stick.’.|
(l) (US black) a knife.
|Central Sl. 49: stick [...] ‘Nigger picked-up the stick and cut me.’.|
|Hell to Pay 146: Wilson produced a switchblade knife from his coat pocket [...] ‘Picked this up over in Italy [...] They make the prettiest sticks.’.|
(m) (US) an act of sexual intercourse.
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 143: I can have any skeez I want. Why da fuck should you git a double stick from me?|
(n) (US) a car with a manual gear lever.
|Stalker (2001) 68: The car has manual transmission. And even if you can drive a stick, you gotta know how the gears go. And even if you know the gears, you gotta know how to drive a very temperamental car.|
2. in senses of solidity, of being ‘wooden’ or ‘cross–grained’.
(a) a sermon [? the ‘wooden’ delivery of some sermons or the wooden pulpit].
|Letter J. James 7 Aug. (MS.) n.p.: What matter of a new stick, vamp them one for next Sunday [OED].|
(b) an awkward or dull person.
|Spanish Rivals I ii: ’Icod, I think he has jumbled it a bit—He’s a queer stick to make a thivel on, as they say in our country.|
|Belinda (1994) 267: And you out of patience [...] will go and marry – I know you will – some stick of a rival purely to provoke him.|
|Mansfield Park (1926) 122: I was surprised to see Sir Henry such a stick; luckily the strength of the piece did not depend upon him.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 165: Stick (a) a fellow clumsy at any profession ― as ‘a stick of an artist,’ should not be an exhibitioner.|
|Paul Pry 30 Sept. 183/3: [H]e is [...] a poor stick without any of Ben’s cunning.|
|Clockmaker II 10: He was a poor stick to make a preacher on, for minister couldn’t beat nothin’ into him, a’most, he was so cussed stupid.|
|‘The Call-Boy’ in Nobby Songster 31: For he is no stick, he is up to each trick.|
|N.Y. Daily Trib. 4 Sept. 4/2: Look, for instance, at [...] ‘Bill’ Drake, about the poorest stick for a legislator ever elected.|
|Semi-Attached Couple (1979) 259: I am very much disappointed in William Montague; he is a regular stick on the stage.|
|‘’Arry on the River’ in Punch 9 Aug. 57/1: They didn’t get arf a look in ’long o’ me; they’d no form, them two sticks.|
|N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 18 Sept. 6/1: Owen Westford, whom I had previously thought a most ponderous ‘stick,’ played ‘Barney’ [...] uncommonly well.|
|Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 214: His First Lieutenant, peter, was / As useless as could be, / A helpless stick, and always sick / When there was any sea.‘The Martinet’|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 15: stick, and poor stick A stupid, uninteresting person.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Aug. 4/7: I own I’m not a solemn stick, / I’m fond of jokes and wheezes.|
|Colonel’s Dream 101: He’s only a poor stick, the last of good stock run to seed.|
|Dear Bess (1983) 111: She finally decided that I am a very poor stick to talk to.letter 21 Jan. in Ferrell|
|(con. 1900s) Elmer Gantry 154: Lulu considered him a stick.|
|Appointment in Samarra (1935) 153: It became very very easy to think of him as a stick, a stuffed shirt.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 73: All his life in America, he had thought of an Englishman as a dull stick.|
|Set of variations 153: The headmaster of the Technical School, an ugly, slow-moving, cynical man whom Celia considered a dull stick.|
|A Life (1981) Act I: Ah, don’t be such a dry old stick.|
|New York mag. 23 Mar. 89/1: Angela’s Ralph is, at best, a dull stick.|
|Legal Job Interview 168: What he wants to hear is that you are just as much of a dull stick as he is.|
(c) an affectionate term for a person, e.g. not a bad old stick.
|Six Years of a Tramp’s Life 60: Such a funny old stick I never did see. I was to stop a week with him and share his hospitality.|
|Doctor in Corduroy 275: ‘Ah, well,’ said Kate, ‘you are a good old stick, and I am proud of you.’.|
|Awfully Big Adventure 93: Selby was our Navigator, a dry, thoughtful old stick.‘Narrative of Commander W.D. Hornby’ in|
|Good Companions 98: He’s a pleasant old stick.|
|Cockney Cavalcade 179: He ain’t a bad stick really.|
|Shiralee 41: Good old stick, though. Wouldn’t do you a bad turn.|
|Maori Girl 179: He smiled. ‘Great stick, Harry. One of the best.’.|
|Solid Mandala (1976) 86: All told, Ma Musto wasn’t such a bad stick.|
|Breathing Spaces 89: She’s a funny old stick.|
|Fixx 25: Williams was not a bad old stick in his own eccentric way.|
|Déjàvu Act II: He was a good old stick. Well, he was very nice to me.|
(d) (N.Z./US Black) a friend; esp. as a term of address.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 199: stick Mate, eg, ‘G’day, stick, ow’s it goin’ then?’ Maybe a contraction of ‘stickman’.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] That’ cool, stic, but I’d rather speak to KG.|
3. (UK Und., also candy stick) a pistol; usu. pl.; thus flash one’s sticks v., to draw but not (yet) fire one’s pistols [abbr. shooting stick].
|View of Society II 174: A highwayman will ding his Upper-Benjamin, his Jazey, his Sticks, his Flogger, his Diggers, his Beater-Cases, &c. and having all these on him when he committed the robbery, is totally transformed by dinging.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|(con. 1737–9) Rookwood (1857) 168: Look at his rigging – see how he flashes his sticks! — those are the tools to rake a three-decker.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 53/2: Brockey, by means of the ‘sugar’ he raised on the sale of the ‘sticks,’ kept himself from starving.|
|Rough Stuff 112: Paddy pulled out his ‘stick’ (gun) and began blasting away.|
|Phenomena in Crime 27: He fits out the ‘boys’ with anything they want — from a ‘stick’ to a lorry.|
|DAUL 210/1: Stick, n. A pistol; revolver.et al.|
|Central Sl. 14: candy stick A handgun. A roscoe.|
4. in context of alcohol.
(a) a shot of spirits, usu. rum or brandy added to coffee or tea; usu. in phr. with a stick in it [? Ger. schtuck, a piece].
|Cumberland Ballads (1808) 175: A quart o’ het yell, and a stick in’t .|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 12 Oct. n.p.: No doubt [...] sarsparilla does not agree with you, but perhaps a ‘stick’ fell into it, eh?|
|St Louis Globe-Democrat 19 Jan. n.p.: They nominate ‘bottled electricity,’ ‘lemonade with a stick in it,’ ‘jig-water,’ ‘budge,’ ‘bilge-water,’ ‘bug-juice,’ ‘rat-poison,’ ‘fusel-oil,’ ‘red-eye,’ ‘liquid ointment,’ ‘cut nails,’ ‘hard head,’ ‘benzine,’ ‘nitro-glycerine,’ ‘oil,’ ‘tea,’ ‘eye-water,’ ‘chain- lightning.’ [...] they all want the same article, alcohol, more or less diluted.|
|Romance of a Station I 136: Come [...] and have a parting drink for good luck – coffee, if you like, with a ‘stick’ in it.|
|Truth (Sydney) 21 Jan. 4/2: It is admitted that he had taken advantage of that day’s festive opportunity to imbibe more or less liquids impregnated with what ‘Widdy O’Brien’ termed ‘a stick’.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 78: How do you like the lemonade yer honor? Fine O Malley — Get me another. I must cure this cold today — Don’t forget the stick in it.in Zwilling|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 270: Get her a glass of milk with a stick in it.|
(b) (US) one who deals in illicit liquor.
|AS VII:2 86: Terms for those who deal in liquor: [...] Stick.‘Volstead Eng.’ in|
(c) (US black) a drunkard.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
5. a piece of furniture; usu. in pl.
|Sporting Mag. Dec. XXIII 155/1: The house, and all the sticks in it, to Mary my wife.|
|‘Parody on Mr. Clarke’ in(1979) II 231: So she sold off her sticks, / And exposed all his tricks.|
|Fancy 20: We’re come to settle – (see these sticks).‘King Tims the First’ in|
|Cumberland Pacquet 12 Dec. 4/5: When we flit, the landlord stops / Ma sticks till a’ the rent be paid.|
|Everybody’s Husband I i: What with the sticks young missus will get when the old lady pops off, they’ll be tolerably snug.|
|Comic Almanack Feb. 165: Sel the stiks and send me the munny.|
|Sydney Herald 26 Oct. 2/4: Mr Rennie gave an immense number of examples of similar slang [...] music, for ‘fun;’ a good hand, for ‘dextrous’ or ‘expert;’ peckish, for ‘hungry;’ sticks, for ‘household furniture;’ seedy, for ‘poor;’ spliced, for ‘married’.|
|Sam Sly 19 May 2/1: The C—s—ll family [...] not to threaten to ‘sell all their sticks’ to pay a lawyer to prosecute a certain young man.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 May 3/2: Mr Roberts—Did you not take a quantity of furniture [...] Mrs Keck—Yes—he gave me a few sticks.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 139: Bless you, he thrives on ruin [...] child scalded to death – execution on his poor ‘sticks’ at this very moment.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 90/1: Thau knows thysel all t’ sticks in the house ain’t wirth thirty quid.|
|Dick Temple III 124: Every stick [...] Every chair and table; every bedstead and bed.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 July 18/4: The Melbourne Herald recently published quite an affecting narrative of how a young man named Bunt betrayed the trust of a furniture dealer. […] It is only since they forwarded Mr. Bunt’s esteemed order, on credit, and that misguided youth carted away the ‘sticks’ in the dead of night, that ‘the firm’ have lost some of the simple faith in human nature that characterises the trade.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Apr. 451: When ye gets the sticks in, and the curtains hup.|
|‘Mateship’ in Lone Hand (Sydney) Sept. 512/2: Sal [...] works hard to keep the kid, the room, and the ‘sticks’.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 38: He’s puttin’ pennies in the little tin bank [...] fer the bits iv sticks t’ furnish th’ ’appy ’ome.|
|Juno and the Paycock Act III: We’ll be left without a stick.|
|Marsh 432: He had brought his few ‘sticks’ on a hired barrow.|
|Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 128: Every stick of furniture in the place goes out!|
|Carols of an Old Codger 134: Some monster of an auctioneer / Might sell his sticks and clothes.‘No Sunday Chicken’|
|London Embassy 103: He’s moved everything, every stick.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 149: There were some sticks of G Plan, a cushion on the floor in patchwork leather left behind by the previous tenant.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 Aug. 9: When we set up castle, we didn’t have a stick between us.|
|Westsiders 33: He found a new apartment, but they didn’t have a stick of furniture.|
6. pertaining to shape, in senses of smoking/drugs.
(a) a cigarette.
|Chimmie Fadden 182: Dey would come and stand round wid dere sticks in dere mouts.|
|Skidoo! 86: When the other young men began to smoke their cigarettes Claude grew uneasy. After they had consumed about seven sticks apiece Claude buried his face in a foaming stein of beer.|
|New York Day by Day 26 Jan. [synd. col.] It was the Ritz that first permitted milady to use nicotine sticks within its sacred portals.|
|Digger Dialects 17: consumption stick — Cigarette.|
|AS XXII:2 Apr. 122: Stick. A cigaret.‘The Lang. of Delinquent Boys’ in|
|Camino Real Block Sixteen: The smoking lamp is lit. Have a stick on me!|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 58: Then the stick was gone, burnt to a little bit of a roach.|
|Corner (1998) 350: No more sliding the Korean twenty-five cents through the Plexiglas and getting back a single stick.|
|Shame the Devil 45: I can still picture Charles, taking a pull on that stick, trying to blow rings.|
(b) a quantity of opium.
|Dope 92: I have only three sticks of Yezd left of all my stock.|
(c) an opium pipe.
|AS XI:2 126/2: stick. 1. A home-made opium pipe constructed from a wide-mouthed bottle and rubber tubing. 2. Variant of dream-stick, hop stick, joy stick.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Opium Addiction in Chicago.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(d) a marijuana cigarette.
|[instrumental title] Burnin’ Sticks.|
|letter 19 Nov. in Harris (1993) 23: I will send along some weed. Please give some (about 10 sticks) to Brandenburg.|
|Mad mag. Sept.–Oct. 11: Bobby sells reefers to the other children [...] Sometimes we buy a stick from Bobby.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 27: Goldie gave her a stick and Georgette sucked the smoke refusing, absolutely refusing to cough.|
|Last Toke 200: He took the stick next, drew deep, held the smoke and started to pass it to Redwood.|
|Muscle for the Wing 30: Wanda [...] sat at the kitchen table to twist a few sticks.|
|‘Scrunch’ [lyrics] You’re sling the rocks or run sticks.|
|Sellout (2016) 126: Puffing and passing, trying to keep your stick from getting dinged up.|
(e) (US drugs) a very thinly rolled marijuana cigarette.
|Duke 3: I was saving the bombers. I smoked all the sticks [...] They’re skinny like lollypop sticks.|
(f) (US drugs) an injection of heroin.
|Workin’ It 168: One stick and you’re hooked.|
(g) see sherm stick under sherm n.
7. a decoy or accomplice.
(a) (UK Und.) a man who, working with the woman, violently robs a prostitute’s client.
|Age (Melbourne) 17 May 7/7: [from Manchester Examiner, UK] ‘You know I’m not a burglar,’ one of them said to Inspector Buckley, ‘you know my trade — I’m a stick,' the slang title of those who aid women to rob men.|
(b) (US Und.) a criminal’s accomplice who poses as an ordinary person to distract or influence the victims of an intended crime or swindle.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Stick, a grafter’s or confidence man’s assistant.|
|‘I’ll Gyp You Every Time’ in Men of the Und. 181: Several of the sticks standing around managed [...] to remove a few of the red tickets.|
|Men of the Und. 176: The anonymous author [...] joined a carnival and, working as a stick, cleaned up $200 in four days.|
|Texas Stories (1995) 139: Dixon was the cool-off man and I was the stick.‘The Last Carousel’ in|
(c) (US Und./gambling) an accomplice who loses deliberately so as to encourage the victim to continue playing.
|Wise-crack Dict. 14/1: Stick – A confederate who wins or loses at dealer’s will.|
|Somebody in Boots 356: These women and girls [...] secured employment on the Fair grounds as waitresses, ‘sticks’ for gyp gambling joints.|
|Big Con 7: Inside were several monte games going, replete with shills and ‘sticks’.|
|AS XXVIII:2 119: stick, n. An outside man; a come-one.‘Carnie Talk’ in|
(d) (US prison) a close friend.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Stick: Used by prisoners to designate someone as their pal or homeboy. The term is used by the correctional officers when referring to each other or other staff members as in the person who will stick by them in case trouble breaks out. Also called ‘stick man.’ (VA).|
8. (US, also plank) a bar; thus behind the stick/plank, working as a bartender; stick man, a bartender.
|Jr. ‘Sticktown Nocturne’ in Baltimore Sun (MD) 12 Aug. A-1/1: Stick Town begins where Broadway empties into the Patasco and ends [...] at the back door of The Big Scoop. In between there are 47 bars.|
|Jr. ‘Sticktown Nocturne’ in Baltimore Sun (MD) 12 Aug. A-3/6: He [...] banged on the bar, but the stick man didn’t bat an eye .|
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 114: The impeccably white-appareled man behind the stick.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 150: plank 1. the counter in a bar. ‘Behind the plank’ = working as a bartender or serving drinks.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 171: Jackie Harris, the bartender [...] was behind the stick.|
|Night Gardener 179: He [...] had never had a police move off his barstool when he stepped up to the stick.|
|Lush Life 19: He took a moment to study the new hires behind the stick [...] a white kid [...] who was leaning on the zinc bartop .|
|What It Was 47: Sitting at the stick, having himself a quiet drink.(con. 1972)|
9. (UK/US black) a prostitute [her role as a stick, i.e. tool, who solves a pimp’s financial problems].
|Lex. Black Eng. 88: The prostitute, or pross, is called the pimp’s stick – the tool with which he solves his economic problems. (Compare the jazzman’s use of ax to refer to his musical instrument, a saxophone or even a piano.).|
10. a reprimand, a criticism; verbal aggression in general; usu. as get stick v., to be on the receiving end of these attacks.
|(con. c.1928) My Grandmothers and I (1987) 160: Crikey, I shall get awful stick from the Mater when she sees you.|
|Burden of Proof 73: A lot of stick, I thought, with my record. A lot of stick from that one. But he was very fair.|
|Villain’s Tale 57: Getting a lot of stick from my old lady to get a job. Be perfectly honest I’m thinking about it.|
|Sloane Ranger Hbk 158: Sloanes have lots of words for anger and its consequence, [...] ‘Gave him stick’ (‘I got stick’).|
|Train to Hell 149: Imagine the stick the lads would get from opposing fans.|
|G’DAY 53: Hoggie’s really takin some stick.|
|Guardian 13 Aug. 4: At first we took a bit of stick.|
|Independent on Sun. Sport 13 Mar. 22/5: He gave me a little bit of stick for that.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] She’s been getting some stick at school.|
|Performance [film script] Putting a bit of stick about, putting the frighteners on flash little twerps.|
|A Prisoner’s Tale 38: The man had to be getting more stick than he deserved.|
|Guardian 2 July n.p.: Town foxes [,...] come in for a lot of unnecessary stick.in|
12. (US prison, also long stick, sharp stick) influence, ‘clout’.
|Prison Sl. 34: Stick also Sharp Stick and Long Stick A persons influence or clout. When a person has a great deal of influence and can get things accomplished, he is said to have a sharp stick. An abundance of stick is referred to as long stick.|
13. (US black) an act of sexual intercourse.
|‘Cramping My Style’ [lyrics] You’re down for a love affair / BUT SEE, I’M ONLY DOWN FOR A QUICK STICK!|
14. see schtick n.
Pertaining to drugs
(drugs) to smoke marijuana.
|Letters to A. Ginsberg 1953-7 (1982) 174: Just blast a stick and walk out in the garden to dig the sunset .letter|
|Gay Detective (2003) 86: They’ve been blasting, two or three sticks a piece.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blast a stick — To smoke marijuana.|
|Angle of Attack [ebook] Shall we blast a stick, she whispers close, a couple blades, some dank, a roofie.|
(drugs) to smoke cannabis.
|Illicit Narcotics Traffic (US Congress Hearings) 8-10 4168: ‘Blow a stick’ — Smoke a marihuana cigarette. ‘I’m way down’ — I need some marihuana. [...] ‘Blow tea, hay or jive’ — Smokes marihuana.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blow a stick — To smoke marijuana.|
to smoke a marijuana cigarette.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(drugs) a marijuana cigarette; also attrib.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 386: A hustler like Paddy Jenks to bring her ice cream and Horse and hotstick cats who had to dip into her honey.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 12: Hot stick — Marijuana cigarette.|
a marijuana cigarette.
|You Get What You Ask For 112: Meet Louise, Henry Lee said as he passed Allan a stick of tea.|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 66: I knew a guy once who smoked jujus [...] Three highballs and three sticks of tea and it took a pipe wrench to get him off the chandelier.|
|AS XX:2 122/2: They ignite the shoestring at the incinerator and carry it to a place where it is safe to light a ‘stick of gage’.‘Lang. Delinquent Boys’ in|
|Duke 60: I [...] went straight home and had a stick of dynamite.|
|Entrapment (2009) 115: What Daddy is best at is just hanging around the house [...] with a stick of tea in his teeth.‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in|
|Golden Spike 127: He lit up a stick of pot and watched the others. He felt enlivened and asked a girl to dance. While he was dancing, he noticed another girl. She looked high.|
|Corner Boy 26: Jake felt like he had just climbed off a stick of tea.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 58: I saw a hand, and between its fingers was a stick of pot.|
|(con. 1920s) inLouis Armstrong 283: I was actually in Chicago when I picked up my first stick of gage, and I’m telling you I had myself a ball.|
|Perv (2001) 252: Have a stick of dynamite.|
|Indep. Rev. 16 Mar. 3: Reefers or muggles or joints or sticks of tea or whatever they were called that year.|
|Mi Revalueshanary Fren 4: Him seh him dont even hav a stick a weed.‘Double Scank’ in|
|Locked Ward (2013) 179: It’s not just sticks of tea nowadays. That skunk stuff is up to ten times more powerful.|
Pertaining to the penis
(Aus.) a pornographic book or magazine.
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 45: Stick Books Pornographic books.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Stick book. A pornographic book that may be used by prisoners to facilitate masturbation.|
see candy cane under candy n.
see separate entry.
1. the penis, in a homosexual context.
|False Starts 300: Stick pussy, that’s what I’ll give you, some nice stick pussy.|
|Homeboy 179: There’s been so much stick pussy shoved up that Hershey road they could rent it out for a convention center.|
|Dillirgaf? 307: Once Heaven was painted and dressed, you’d either have to be informed of her manhood, or come face to face with the stick pussy to know the difference.|
2. a young inmate, forced into homosexuality.
|Queens’ Vernacular 161: sexually oppressed, constantly raped victim; usually straight [...] stick pussy.|
see separate entry.
(Aus.) to masturbate.
|Argot in DAUS (1993).|
|Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] beat the stick/meat/dummy/baloney/bishop.|
|in Slanguage of Sex.|
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|in Law Unto Themselves 135: She likes sex, but she wouldn’t let me dip my stick until I’d known her for about six’d [sic] months.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 235: I was beginning to wonder about you, that’s all. Glad to hear you’re dipping your stick somewhere.|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 85: Do you have a piss before you go to bed or play with your stick.|
an unpleasant, humourless person.
|N.Y. Dly Herald 6 Oct. 4/2: Here Mr Dry Stick arose and interupted the speaker by saying that if he wanted to be immortal he had better be original.|
|Rich Men of Massachussetts 75: But notwithstanding all of his wealth and independence, he is a dry stick in society, and is likely to remain so .|
|Leeds Intelligencer 28 Aug. 12/2: The present action was brought to vindicate the character of Mrs Yescombe from a foul and vicious libel [...] contained in a book [...] entitled ‘Dry Sticks Faggotted’.|
|Dundee Courier 15 July 2/7: The letter of your correspondent ‘Dry Stick’ is a very impertinent billet.|
|Chicago Trib. 25 Sept. 6/6: ‘Your father’s such a dry old stick, we are much better without him’.|
|Louisana Capitolian (Baton Rouge, LA) 21 May 8/3: We were commanded by some peripatetic [...] madman, whose forte was pedestrianism [...] and such a dry old stick too!|
|Sunderland Dly Echo 2 May 3/2: A dull speaker was often called a ‘dry stick’ .|
|Typhoon 143: All the chaps of the black-squad are as decent as they make that kind, and old Sol, the Chief, is a dry stick. We are good friends.|
|Ulysses 720: Floey made me go to that dry old stick Dr Collins for womens diseases on Pembroke road your vagina he called it.|
|Belfast Teleg. 20 June 7/3: ‘I heard [...] of a clergyman whom was described by his people as a “dry old stick”’.|
|Eve. Teleg. 27 Apr. 2/3: The matron of Gresham Nursing Home [...] wasn’t the dry old stick they expected.|
|Borderland 138: ‘I’m a bit of a dry stick,’ she warned.|
|Guardian Guide 15–21 May 55: What better way to get rid of the dry old stick.|
to threaten, to criticize roughly; occas. to beat up.
|Essex Co. Standard 6 Oct. 7/2: Witness [...] denied that he used an oath towards defendant, or threatened to ‘give him sticks’.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 15 Nov. n.p.: ‘I would have this fellow who dropped this on a rough wicket in front of me and I would give him some stick’.|
|D’Oliveira Affair 80: The crowd gave him some ‘stick’ as he walked back for his next bowl.|
|New Society 50 177/2: He is two minutes late with the keys, and the dry throats give him some stick as they scamper in. A punk curses him; a tv wrestler tweaks his tie, then threatens worse.|
|Sloane Ranger Hbk 158: Sloanes have lots of words for anger and its consequence, [...] ‘Gave him stick’ (‘I got stick’).|
|Irish Indep. (Dublin) 11 June 20/3: His fans are very loyal — they also write letters when I give him stick.|
|Happy Like Murderers 121: Daisy hated Elsie and used to give Fred some stick over her.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 50: He’s half thinking about [...] going home to give his missus stick.|
|Queer Street 294: You must expect [...] / the Great British Press to give you stick if you’re / Anomalous in any way.‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in|
|(con. 1990s) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 462: Big hard coppers who are full of piss and vinegar on the streets and in police cells when giving me stick suddenly turn into sycophantic schoolboys when faced with a few geezers in wigs.|
|Things I Didn’t Know (2007) 184: It was their [i.e. the press] standard performance to give him stick.|
to exert effort on, to use something heartily, usu. of something mechanical .
|Ottowa Jrnl (Ontario) 5 Feb. 12/5: My hesitation to give him [i.e a fish] stick let him reach the weeds [...] and dispose of the hooks.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 89: What kept you? I been giving this horn stick for ten minutes!|
|Salesman 208: You’re on the dual carriageway where you can really open the throttle and give it some stick.|
SE in slang uses
1. a billiard cue and the balls with which one plays.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 234/1: Stick and bangers (Sporting). Billiard cue and balls. A phrase having also an erotic meaning.|
2. the penis and testes.
|see sense 1.|
see separate entry.
a violent thief.
|Bell’s New Wkly Messenger 9 Mar. 6/2: The several descriptions of London thieves are bludgers and stick slingers, or those who go out plundering with women; star-glazers, or those who cut out shop windows; snoozers, or those who sleep at railway hotels; [...] dragsmen, or those who rob carts.|
|Great World of London 46: Those who plunder with violence; as [...] ‘bludgers’ or ‘stick-slingers,’ who rob in company with low women.|
|Truth (Perth) 9 July 5/7: This ugly word [i.e. bludger] was not, we are glad to say, invented in Australia. So long ago as 1856, it was used by Henry Mayhew in his book, ‘The Great World of London.’ He there stated that those who plundered with violence were ‘known as ‘bludgers’ or ‘stick-slingers,’ who rob in company with low women.’.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 71: Stick Slingers: ‘Plunderers in company with prostitutes’.|
1. an important or self-important person.
|in Works 726: In fact, I’m the Big Stick.‘Supply and Demand’ in|
|Lincoln Jrnl Star (NE) 22 Oct. 11/8: ‘How can you stand Ferdie? He’s such a big stick’.|
|Adequate Male 54: We discover these same implications in such colloquial expressions as ‘He thinks he’s a Big Shot’— or ‘He’s the Big Stick’.|
|in Damon Runyon (1992) 107: Owney Madden [...] was the big stick that allowed Runyon to loll with the worst murderers.|
|Chicago Trib. sect. 5 15 Feb. 11/2: He was a ‘big stick’ type of guy.|
2. fig., authority, violence.
|Jimmy Brockett 41: I wouldn’ t get rough with Hill at first. There are all sorts of ways of getting what you want in this world, and sometimes the big stick don’ t work.|
3. (US) dynamite.
|Living Rough 129: I still maintain that the big stick (dynamite) and sabotage are the most effective weapons the workers have.|
(Aus.) of any gender, to reject sexual dvances.
|People 5 July 14/3: Chances of pulling a root: James Bond has to beat them off with a shitty stick, so we reckon there’ll be no worries in that department.|
|Joe Public 149: She’s not just physically beautiful; she’s also got a gorgeous personality, which makes it all the more intriguing as to why she’s not beating them off with a shitty stick!|
|Gone for a Burton 112: Loads of drink, and not a man near them for three or four hours. We will be the cocks of the walk. [...] We’ll have to fight them off with a shitty stick.|
|Leg It! 83: ‘Beating them off with a shitty stick love.’ ‘Ooh, you have such a way with words you little charmer’.|
|In-Betweeners Scriptbook 137: TERRY CARTWRIGHT Yeah, I’ll be there, fighting the girls off with a shitty stick.|
see carry the banner under banner n.
(Aus.) to be finished, to be permanently damaged.
|Riverslake 49: When are you bunnies going to wake up that you’ve had the stick?|
|AND].Brass Kangaroo 281: Look at this truck now... She’s just about had the stick. Just about wore out [|
to snub, to keep ‘at arm’s length’.
|Kidnapped 70: Even the captain, though he kept me at the stick’s end the most part of the time, would sometimes unbuckle a bit and tell me of the fine countries he had visited.|
|(con. WWII) Deathmakers 307: I think you’re off your mucking stick [...] They’ll shoot your balls off.|
efficient, aware, in control; thus get on the stick v., to get down to work.
|Hepster’s Dict. 4: Get on the stick – Get on the ball.|
|Vengeance Man (2007) 36: It was time I got on the stick and did somethinhg about it.|
|(con. 1969) Dispatches 53: I know that a lot of people never got up from that kind of sleep [...] some called them fucked (If he’d been on the stick . . .).|
|Breaks 37: Get on the stick and land some kind of job.|
to use violence, usu. in a criminal context.
|Performance [film script] Putting some stick about, putting the frighteners on flash little twerrps.|
|Frying-Pan 41: When you went in, you started putting the stick about right away.|
|You Flash Bastard 20: But then the Mafia wasn’t exactly shy about putting some stick around and hurting people.|
(orig. US) unfair treatment, deliberately engineered bad luck; note extrapolation in cit. 1951.
|in Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 46: [song title] The Shitten End Of A Brick.|
|Bulletin (US Congress) 9 pt 2 20:27: Prefer ad valorem duty, because under specific duty the honest fellow is liable to get the short end of the rope.|
|Three Soldiers 272: Ah guess you’re right, Judkie; we gits the raw end of the stick.|
|Manhattan Transfer 284: We cleaned up the squareheads, didn’t we? And now, when we come home, we get the dirty end of the stick.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 63: He gave me the dirty end of the stick one time.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 202: You’re all good guys, but you’re gonna get [...] the shitty end of the stick.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 85: Don’t try to do too much for people or you’ll wind up in the short end of the funnel.|
|One Lonely Night 11: No more sticks with dirty ends on them either.|
|Blackboard Jungle 28: Where you get the dirty end of the stick in one spot, you get the mink-lined end of the stick in another spot. [Ibid.] 29: Whether or not Solly Klein got the crappy end of the stick was not a matter of great importance.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 243: You’ve got some other brothers, and they’re getting the short end.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 350: Able Company’s always getting the crap end of the stick.|
|Bobbin Up (1961) 74: The eldest always copped the short end of the stick.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 31: A world where a gifted Negro got the dirty end of the stick – and took it.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 70: Job!?! Job!?! You mean he gave me the first shit end of the stick I ever got, that’s the job eh gave me, He beat me for two-and-a-half points of gross, that’s what he did!|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 69: Artists who don’t fit in or don’t look like they would, [...] get drubbed with the short end of the shit stick now and then.in|
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 290: We don’t want to give you the short end of the stick.|
|Lovomaniacs (1973) 384: You’d be getting the crappy end of the stick.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 353: shit (or shitty) end of the stick. The worst end of any deal; bad treatment in general. The phrase is often prettied up as the dirty (or short) end of the stick.|
|Source Oct. 162: Either way the girl ends up with the short end of the stick.|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 1 [TV script] When you get the shit end of the stick, come to me.‘Time After Time’|
|Lives of the Gamesters (1930) 135: The barber [...] begins to preach to the boy, in telling him what a pure stick of wood he was, to follow whoring so early.|
see separate entry.
see under swing v.
(orig. Aus.) pregnant.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 71: Stick, up the: (of a girl or woman) to be pregnant.|
|Riverslake 43: He’s got a she [cat] he calls Marika. It’s up the stick, too.|
|Entertaining Mr Sloane Act II: Told him she’s up the stick did you?|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Snatches and Lays 43: She’d been up the stick so often that the courts declare / Her vagina constitutes a legal thoroughfare.‘Craven A’ in|
|Snapper 65: I believe Gerry Foster’s young fella’s after puttin’ some young one from Coolock up the stick.|
|Glue 50: Nae wey wid she be up the stick fae that [i.e. a ‘knee trembler’], cause aw the spunk jist faws oot.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 54: Ye go oot without a fuckin pill whin thaire’s fuckin spunk flyin aboot, ye git up the fuckin stick!|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Sharni was up the stick again and it was too expensive to move back to the inner city.‘Grassed’ in|
|Decent Ride 413: Yvette’s look reminds ays ay the one she gied ays [...] when she telt ays she wis up the stick.|
see under strike me...! excl.