SE in slang uses
(US black/tramp) a chicken.
|Mules and Men (1995) 21: Come on, heart-string, and have some gospel-bird on me. My money spends too.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 105: gospel fowl Chicken.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 801: gospel fowl – Chicken.|
|Worship (2004) 278: ‘I just know you better save some o’ dat gospel bird for me!’ ‘There’s enough.’.|
|Split Ends [e-book] Miss Lucy calls chicken the gospel bird. Her pastor showed up every time her mama cooked chicken.|
(Aus.) a clergyman.
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: ‘The coves next jigger (door) are hangers on (dependents) of the Autembawlers (ministers)’ [...] ‘Gospel coves on the private vay, but I vill vork my vizzen (neck) so as it villiant reach their vattles (ears)’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: Nex’ day ’e words a gorspil cove about / A secrit weddin’; an’ they plan it out.‘The Play’|
|Brisbane Courier (Sydney) 30 Apr. 9/4: On tho Nullarbor Plains [...] stands a huge limestone boulder Some gospel cove has painted upon it the words After Death What.|
supposedly pious, but actually empty, hypocritical talk about religion.
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 146: Yes; when I saw I was in for it, I told them my name and all about my father without any reserve; that, with a little gospel-gab and howling penitence, got the church people interested in me, and so I was let off easily.|
|Eve. News (Sydney) 7 Aug. 7/4: An atrophied nation, debauched by the Gospel of Gab.|
|Blue Mt. Echo (NSW) 9 Apr. 4/4: Practical support is what the soldiers want, not the gospel of gab.|
(Aus.) a preacher.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 1 Feb. 3/2: On Sunday the resident Gospel Grabber exchanged pulpits with a neighbouring sky pilot.|
1. (US, also gospel-dealer, -hawk, -huckster, -gent, -sharp, -shooter) a preacher.
|Works (1794) II 182: The Curate of the Huntingdon Band, Rare breed of gospel hawks that scour the land.‘Peter’s Pension’|
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|Sunday at Home 25 July 475/1: I heard the whisper as we passed, ‘It’s only the gospel grinder’.|
|Innocents at Home (1906) 268: ‘What we want is a gospel-sharp. See?’ ‘A what?’ ‘Gospel-sharp. Parson.’.|
|Golden Butterfly I 150: Else we should be as stagnant as a Connecticut gospel-grinder in his village location.|
|N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 22 Jan. 182/2: A colonial gospel-grinder who shall be nameless.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Jan. 9/3: A newly appointed country J.P., who is an occasional gospel-grinder, rode up to chapel a Sunday or two ago, held a service, and preached a powerful sermon on Christian charity and universal kindness.|
|Baled Hay 79: So old gospel shark, they tell me I must die.|
|Leics. Chron. 30 May 9/1: Why, the Gospel sharp up at the church was telling us about it just now.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 5 Sept. 7/3: Kin any o’ you salaried liars put me on the trail of a Gospel sharp that’s out of a job?|
|Woman 102: He would whine piously in the prayer, he would let his dollars ring ostentatiously into the plate to support the local gospel-grinder.|
|Wolfville 50: I’ve took the trouble to bring a gospel-sharp over from Tucson to do the marryin’. [Ibid.] 230: It all brings up ag’in what that Gospel-gent says about doin’ benev’lences.|
|No. 5 John Street 68: I ain’t a goin’ to sit along with no sinners, not me – to be talked down to by a Gospel shark.|
|Sandburrs 233: I’m a gospel sharp from Hamilton.‘The Big Touch’|
|DN II:i 38: gospel-shooter, n. A preacher; used in contempt.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum XXI n.p.: At noon today Murphy and Mame were tied. A gospel huckster did the referee.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 13/1: Strange how impressed every gospel-grinder is with Tanna! When Tommy T. isn’t a bloodthirsty cannibal and potential homicide he’s mostly a simple, happy fellow.|
|Sun (NY) 13 Sept. 5/1: Any gospel sharp layin’ out f’r to interfere with my business...|
|Easy Money 67: You could do the gospel grinder lovely — lovely, old man. And it’d be dangerous for me, as my missis goes to chapel reglar.|
|Bar-20 Days 61: Mebby it’s th’ branding chute of some gospel sharp. [Ibid.] 76: I [...] dropped into that gospel dealer’s layout to see if he could make me feel any better.|
|DN IV:iii 207: gospel-shooter, -shark, a preacher. ‘We have a new gospel-shooter in our burg.’.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
|in Trail Drivers of Texas (1963) I 286: Fightin’ Parson Potter, a reformed gambler, but now a regular gospel shark.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 17 Oct. 5/2: I’m not a Gospel-shark. I don’t sneer at the Good Book either.|
|Fight Stories July [Internet] We better stop by the Waterfront Mission [...] The gospel-shark will bandage your arm.‘Winner Take All’|
|Life and Death at the Old Bailey 63: The following crook’s words and phrases date from the days of the old Old Bailey: [...] City missionary – gospel-grinder.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 105: gospel grinder A preacher.|
|Mountain & Valley 50: You don’t think I’m a gospel-grinder, do you?|
2. (also gospel-peddler, -plugger) an evangelistic missionary or tract-distributor, a Sunday School teacher; thus any unctuous, smug, self-satisfied individual.
|Tract Mag. 212: You know I have mocked you, and called you the ‘old Gospel grinder,’ and done all I could to hinder your work.|
|Way of the World 20: ‘Yet the beggar, in his dying hour, may enjoy that blessing for which you would freely sacrifice your all!’ ‘Man!’ exclaimed Dutton, ‘you are a regular gospel-grinder’.|
|Seven Curses of London 88: A city missionary or scripture reader – gospel grinder.|
|Sl. Dict. 180: Gospel grinder a city missionary, or tract distributor.|
|Sunlight and Shadow 71: For although they call him [i.e. a temperance campaigner] the ‘Gospel-grinder,’ they are often quite free in their communications to him.|
|Papers VI 403: There is only one thing for four hundred million Negroes to do and that is to unite and give the alien robber exploiter and gospel-grinder hell .|
|(con. 1900s) Elmer Gantry 26: Let’s get out of this, Hell-cat. Good Lord! You ain’t going to help a gospel-peddler!|
|(con. 1910s) Elmer Gantry 344: You damn’ lying gospel-shark, I’ll show you —.|
|Bar Room Ballads (1978) 603: The gospel-plugger watched me in dismay.‘The Ballad of Salvation Bill’|
3. (US) a well-behaved, law abiding person.
|Varmint 394: Not the high markers and the gospel sharks?|
(Aus.) a preacher.
|[||(Ballarat, Vic.) 11 July 2/6: Rev. Brown, Primitive Methodist, expressed his pleasure [...] The great gospel gun had been fired in Smythesdale, and he (the speaker) thanked God that many had been shot down under the faithful preaching of Mr Burnett].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Jul. 6/1: [W]hen a certain well-known musician was lately introduced to Dr. Kennion, the Anglican Bishop of S. Australia, he took off his hat, bent his bald head in a lowly manner, and informed the great Gospel-gun that he (the musician) looked much more like a bishop than Dr. Kennion.|
|Traralgon Record (Vic.) 21 Aug. 2/1: The Salvation Army [...] A large crowd assembled at the corner of Franklin and Seymour-streets to witness the bombardment, and the devil got a pretty severe handling from the ‘gospel guns’.|
|Register (Adelaide) 16 Aug. 15/1: Laymen should, by example as well as by precept, bring men who did not attend church within range of the Gospel guns.|
(UK Und.) a Dissenters’ chapel or meeting house.
|Swell’s Night Guide 108/2: Anthem cackle ken, a house hired by Methodist preachers or ranting Dissenters, also Gospel lumber, gaming crib.|
1. a chapel, a church.
|Gospel Shop [play script] Beware! thse dire illusions! strange to tell, / A gospel shop’s the very spawn of hell!|
|Humorous Sketches 88: From Whitfield and Romaine to Pope John range; Each gospel-shop ringing a daily change.|
|Memoirs 125: As soon as I had procured a lodging and work, my next enquiry was for Mr. Wesley’s Gospel shops.letter XVII|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Gospel Shop. A church.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1811].|
|Republican 5 Sept. 1: Your title of Freethinking Christian [...] is a distinction in words alone: a mere name to distinguish one gospel-shop from another; just as Spiller’s gin-shop is distinguished from Thompson's gin-shop.|
|Astronomico-Theological Discourses 126: And what would it profit a man, say they, should he gain the whole world, and lose such a bag-full of moon-shine, as they’ll sell him at a gospel-shop.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 58: I stalled into a gospel crib last night, and pinched the rum cull of a cotton vipe and medra croon.|
|Appeal Apr. 37: Some time since, two ungodly and thoughtless young men were wasting the hours of the Lord's-day in a walk of pleasure. On their way they passed the house of God [...] ‘What place is this?’ said one. ‘Oh,’ replied his companion with a sneer, ‘that is the gospel shop’.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 35: I knows of a Gospel-shop w’ere they takes in their Sunday dimes on silver plates.|
|12 Days in the Tombs 119: Wonder if we can’t get some old hoss to give us a preach ? That coon over there with a white neckerchief, looks like one o’ them gospel-shop men.|
|Ancient & Modern Freethinkers 324: Unbelievers, who never troubled their minds about religion, and never darkened the doors of a gospel shop.|
|Story of a Lancashire Thief 10: There’s a gospel-shop in Oxford-road.|
|Coll. Works 347: The Gospel-mill of the minister is managed with as much injustice as the law-mill of the other profession.|
|Innocents at Home 331: Are you the duck that runs the gospel-mill next door?|
|Problem of Problems 376: A preacher is a ‘gospel slinger,’ and a church a ‘gospel shop,’ in the low slang of one of these corrupters of public morals and taste.|
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 242: Some of the other gospel-mills.letter 10 Jan. in Byrkit|
|Agnostic Jrnl 18 74/1: May we respectfully bring it under the notice of the professional soul-savers that keeping a tripe-and-onion shop is a moral business, but keeping a gospel-shop is not.|
|How the Other Half Lives 204: The Street Arab puts his whole little soul into what interests him [...] whether it be pulverizing a rival [...] or attending at the ‘gospel shop’ on Sundays.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Nov. 14/3: The kanaka is odiously, loathsomely servile. He finds out the gawspil-mill his employer favors, and immediately becomes a regular attendant thereat.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Aug. 4/8: A lady who, when on the Mile /[...] / was managing a gospel mill / [...] /The baldheads flocked to hear her preach.|
|DN III:v 411: gospel shop, n. A church.in ‘Word-List From Aroostook’ in|
|Epworth Era 24 3/2: What do you see beginning at Chartres Street? Saloon, warehouse, saloon, saloon, gospel shop, a lot of chumps running what they call a ‘Rescue Mission,’ and another saloon to redeem the situation.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1, thus pious, moralistic, censorious.
|‘’Arry on the Rail’ Punch 13 Sept. 109/1: It’s all Gospel-shop gruel, dear boy. We’ll [...] / rap out a hoath now and then without asking a prig on the preach.|
(US) the penis.
|Dreiser-Mencken Letters I (1986) 282: The man who fights for them is as absurd as the man who fights for the right to walk down Broadway naked, and with his gospel pipe in his hand.letter 16 Dec. in Riggio|
|Dreiser-Mencken Letters II (1986) 389: I have severe [...] urticaria (huge hives) all over my arms and legs. One even showed today on my gospel-pipe.letter 17 Sept. in Riggio|
(Aus.) a preacher.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 1 Feb. 3/2: He was accordingly treated with becoming deference by all from the local Gospel slogger downwards.|