1. imprisonment [the staple morning diet of such establishments in the UK + pun on stir n.1 (1)/SE stir].
|[||Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 79/2: The ‘molls’ had brought our bags [...] and placed them in charge of the old woman, with whom they lived while we were ‘doing’ our porritch and kail business in ‘stur’].|
|Night Scenes in London 90: ‘I ain’t as straight as some of yer, mebbe,’ he went on, ‘but I’ve ’ad me porridge an’ p’r’aps it’ll do me good.’.|
|Truth (Wellington) 6 Apr. 6/1: List will avoid porridge till the end of his days.|
|(con. 1920s) Inside the C.I.D. 47: When the thieves were sentenced at the Old Bailey to long terms of imprisonment the case was neatly summarised by a tall City policeman [...] ‘Jam today, but porridge (prison) tomorrow’.|
|[||(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 72: Teddy [...] had blagged a relatively slight matter of five grand, but even so the Law felt he ought to go and eat some porridge for this].|
|Skyvers III v: I could still do what you expect me to be doin’, haulin’ Whitbread’s when I ain’t actually doin’ porridge.|
|Steptoe and Son [TV script] Harold, I can’t do porridge at my time of life.‘Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later’|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] ’Alf hour later you’re doing porridge.‘It Never Rains’|
|It Was An Accident 35: ‘I heard you were keepin’ company of police officers,’ he goes. ‘And you just out of the porridge. Got to be a connection there eh?’.|
|Raiders 65: Maybe Ronnie could have gone through his whole life as a working robber and never got a tug from Old Bill or a long stretch of porridge.|
|Life 228: Robert Fraser [...] had pleaded guilty to heroin possession. He had to do his porridge.|
|What They Was 248: You’re clearly an intelligent chap but you might just have to do your porridge.|
2. (Irish) based on SE porridge, a hotch potch.
(a) a confusion, e.g. a traffic jam.
|Dear Ducks 272: The two front mudguards an’ the other lamp were in porridge.|
|RTÉ Radio news 12 Sept. In Wicklow something of a porridge took place yesterday in Fianna Fáil [BS].|
(b) nonsense; usu. as you have your porridge, you are talking nonsense.
|At Swim-Two-Birds 167: It’s only a rabbit or a black tyke, said the Pooka. You have your porridge, said Shorty as he peered with his shading hand, there’s trousers on it.|
see dish out the gravy under dish (out) v.
SE in slang uses
1. a flaccid penis.
|Gayle 89/1: porridge bird n. 1. flaccid penis.|
2. an impotent man.
|Gayle 89/1: porridge bird n. [...] 2. someone who cannot get or maintain an erection.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 6: Give me your porridge gun you ugly twat.|
(Scot.) the mouth.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(Aus. / N.Z.) a Scotsman.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Jun. 12/2: The imaginative young porridge stuffer thought the donkeys were rabbits of a gigantic breed.|
|N.Z. Truth 29 Apr. 1/8: [He] was informed by a porridge-biting friend that Scotsmen play the bagpipes as a hobby.|
a derog. term for a Scottish person.
|Trainspotting 190: Nicksy’s brar [...] described the Scots as ‘porridge wogs’.|
(orig. Aus.) to have sexual intercourse with a woman immediately after she has had sex with another man, esp. used of the final man in a gang rape.
|G’DAY 32: The bogs also have gang bangs in the backs of the bog wagons and the last one in stirs the porridge.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 108/1: stir the porridge one of the last turns in a gang rape.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: stirring the porridge euph. To have sloppy seconds; to dip into a box of assorted creams (qv).|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
(N.Z.) to profess complete ignorance of someone.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|