full hand n.(Aus.)
1. (Aus. Und.) a five-year prison sentence.
|Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/3: Slang words for sentences of various lengths include: ‘deuce,’ two months; ‘drag,’ three months; ‘sprat,’ six months; ‘the clock,’ twelve months; ‘spin’ or ‘full hand,’ five years; ‘brick,’ ten years; ‘the lot,’ life imprisonment.in|
2. (Aus. Und) a life sentence.
|Joyful Condemned 38: A life sentence, a full hand, is fifteen years — with remissions.|
3. (also full house, nap hand) a simultaneous dose of both syphilis and gonorrhoea; but note cite 1958.
|‘Argot of the Sea’ in AS XV:4 Dec. 450/2: full house. A sailor contracting several diseases at the same time complains of a full house.|
|DAUL 75/2: Full house. Simultaneous infection with gonorrhea and syphilis, often accompanied by body lice or crabs.et al.|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 179: Half of them have got a full house anyway [...] gonorrhoea, diarrhoea and pyorrhoea .diary 13 Nov. in|
|Run For Home (1959) 170: He knew that a ‘full house’ meant coincidental cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.|
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|Signs of Crime 184: Full house To have both syphilis and gonorrhoea.|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] I’d had a knee trembler with a bird outside the Heffelent and got a nap hand ... and I went adrift ‘cos I didn’t want to be in the rattle for the next bleeding ten years.|
4. an infestation of both head lice and body lice.
|Signs of Crime 184: Full house [...] To have more than one form of body infestation with parasites, e.g., both head and body lice.|
5. (US milit.) a combination of any varieties of disease.
|‘Imaginary Diseases’ in AS XXII:4 Apr. 305/1: full house. This generally means, in connection with these fictitious diseases, a combination of any number of them, usually the Crud and the Lergy. Soldiers at a port of embarkation have been told in detail about the foregoing ailments and then told: ‘If you get a full house, you might just as well stay over there.’.|
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