1. (also hardie) an erection.
|‘A Roue’s Apology’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 145: If I have said or done too much, / I humbly beg your pardon; / The magic of your thrilling touch / Has given me a hard-on. [Ibid.] Parody 146: Bless me, you’ve a hard-on—sparking Sunday night [...] Old Reuben’s head is bobbing high up to your vest.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Bawdy N.Y. State MS. 2: I was to define [an icicle], I should say it was a running stream of water, with a hard-on.|
|Transcript Dunn Inquiry in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 23: He was very much put out [...] because I could not get a hard on.|
|Ulysses 505: (He bares his arm and plunges it elbowdeep in Bloom’s vulva.) There’s fine depth for you! What, boys? That give you a hardon?|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 315: He got a hardon and couldn’t sleep and was worried for fear the girls would notice.|
|in Limerick (1953) 124: One morning Mahatma Gandhi / Had a hard-on, and it was a dandy.|
|On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) (2007) 141: Neal [...] was screwing the maid in the bedroom. Neal ran downstairs to answer the door with a hardon.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 95: The Blast [...] wakes the Spanish pimp with a hard-on.|
|Howard Street 121: ‘He couldn’t get a hard-on,’ she said shortly.|
|Semi-Tough 173: She said she had a top scorer in the NBA there with her right then and we ought to see the hard-on she was looking at.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 8: Say your hard on’s taking a small holiday this year.|
|Share House Blues 120: ‘Marcus said I’m an arrogant, lecherous young bastard, with a permanent hard-on’.|
|Homeboy 74: Half these guys had hardons in various stages of tumescence.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] The comment about the hard-on is playing on me mind.|
|Guardian G2 19 Nov. 6: He wanted to fuck her but he didn’t have a hard-on.|
|Blow Fly (2004) 46: You got a damn hard-on [...] a stiff dick!|
|Peepshow [ebook] I loved the way he held my face when he kissed me [...] and how it gave him an instant hard-on.|
|Truth 165: You now stick out like a hardie in the convent showers.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 107: You’ll give me a hard-on and then I’ll be late.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I got him to rub Hawaiian Tripoic on my back [...] I think he got a hard-on.|
|Bad Sex on Speed 75: He opens the door and she sees his raging hard-on.|
2. passionate, lustful feelings.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|‘The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 147: The whorehouse bells were ringing, / And the pimp stood in the door; / He’d a hard on all day long / To screw some dirty whore.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 95: We can’t stay in hidin’ just because the fuckin’ man’s got a hard on.|
|Brown’s Requiem 33: He was probably just a nice old fart with a hard-on for a beautiful young cellist.|
3. an obsession, usu. hostile, aggressive feelings towards.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 412: That cracker sure is got a hard-on for you.|
|Cool Hand Luke (1967) 129: Boss Godfrey didn’t have such a hard-on for Luke anymore.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 26: He’s got to figure I got a hard-on for the Panthers.|
|Hooligans (2003) 17: You got a hard-on for the Feds?|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 291: Some Deep South ofay with a hard-on for blacks.|
|Stalker (2001) 376: Bederman has a hard-on for you, you know. And I don’t mean the sexual kind.|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 94: Why such a hard-on for Frankie Machine ? [...] Why did we even want him gone?|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 14: You want Bobby fucking Kennedy in the White House? Guy’s got a hard-on for us you could cut glass with.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘You want to get IAB up our ass?! [...] Give Sykes more of a hard-on for you than he already has?’.|
4. (US) a bad temper, irrespective of gender.
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 256: I’m sorry I thought his name was Chuckie Quinn, if that’s what’s giving you the hard-on.|
5. (US) used as a term of address, usu. sarcastic and referring to someone’s high self-esteem.
|letter 19 June in Charters II (1999) 135: I’m still with you, hardon!|
|Rockabilly (1963) 95: I’ll tell you why, you little hardon.|
|Running Dog (1992) 205: Dipshit. You hard-on.|
6. (US) a despicable individual, a tough, aggressive person.
|Portnoy’s Complaint 119: You mean, miserable hard-on you.|
|(con. 1969) Dispatches 130: Oh come on, Day Tripper, don’t be a hard-on.|
|(con. 1950s) in Damon Runyon (1992) 403: Don’t be a hard-on [...] I don’t want no hard-ons in my outfit.|
|Guardian Weekend 25 Sept. 24: We [...] shrivelled a hard-on with simply a menacing look.|
|Londonstani (2007) 223: You’re not just another one of those rudeboy hard-ons that you hang around with.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 66: That cop is a last of the Mohican hard-ons.|
7. in fig. use, positive feelings.
|Getting Straight 11: You think it’s God, but it’s just a hard-on.|
|Union Dues (1978) 282: You can’t hide that hard-on you’ve got for the cameras.|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 176: Walking point is the hardon. It means you’re the first out there, that there is nobody else to rely on.|
|Love Is a Racket 56: I didn’t have dollar one down, and I could feel myself getting a hard-on for this race.|
8. (US) a difficult task.
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 109: The screws had a hard-on to find the phantom bomber.|
see under die v.
1. to have an erection.
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 189: When we got a girl in a corner [we] would get a ‘hard’ on the minute we kissed them.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 180: I’ll show you something funny, if you promise not to get a hard on, you dirty old man.|
|Birthday 92: I saw this smashing young woman in my mirror, and got a hard on.|
2. (US Und.) to draw a pistol.
|Big Con 201: I always get a hard-on [reach for a pistol] when I see a rat.|
3. to desire someone.
|in Sweet Daddy 118: They go getting a hard on for you and trying to queer you.|
to dislike (intensely).
|Double Whammy (1990) 63: Everybody knows Dennis has a hard-on for Dickie Lockhart [...] and he’s damn careful with Dennis around.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] If I know Cameron Sinclair, he’ll have a bloody great hard-on for all of us now.|