1. a lavatory.
|implied in sense 3.|
|Poems 69: Some at Sh--house publick (where a Rag always goes) At once empty their Guts and diminish their Clothes.‘A Call to the Guard by a Drum’ in|
|inColl. Writings of Graham (1883) II. 247: When [Wallace] came to London, we did him all manner of justice, and for honour of the Scots, we have his effigy in the shite-houses to this very day .|
|Bugger’s Alphabet in (1979) 43: S is the shithouse all full to the brim.|
|‘Stinking Breath’ in Ticklish Minstrel 45: Your breath stinks just like any s--t-house.|
|‘The T--d and the Soap Suds’ in Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 6: Oh, dear, sir, how could you, the barber did cry, / Shit in my shop – when the shit-house is nigh?|
|My Secret Life (1966) II 227: I stayed at the shit-house some time, went up quietly, and heard her door close.|
|in Graffiti (1971) 109: In this sad shithouse / I look in vain for paper.|
|‘Mobile’ in(1979) 140: The lighthouse is a white house / ’Cos they use it as a shite house in Mobile!|
|Bawdy N.Y. State MS [Internet] 1: ‘Well,’ replied the clerk, ‘He said he would build you a shit-house.’.|
|‘Mary’ in(1979) 136: Mary in the shithouse shovelling shit / Syphilitic chancres on her starboard tit.|
|‘Rangy Lil’ in(1979) 191: The fate that overtook her / Back of the shithouse on Dougan’s Hill.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 18: We’re dancing there in the shithouse.|
|song title in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 37: Please Don’t Burn Our Shithouse Down.|
|letter 29 Oct. in Leader (2000) 221: The bathroom and shithouse can only be reached through my bedroom.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 104: I wouldn’t trust Lee in a shit-house with a muzzle on.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 19: Go to the shithouse, will you.|
|Boots of Leather (2014) 249: ‘You meet somebody in the bathroom, do your thing, and then come out [...] I would bet some had more sex in the shithouse than they had in their bedrooms’.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 147: So we got him in the shithouse, kick fuck out of him.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz Apr. 48: It’s fuller than a seaside shithouse.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sel. Letters (1992) 50: Rather fun to set up business with you as builders after the war: completely mad, building houses with booby traps, no windows, shit-house pipe leading into the larder, and so on.letter 21 Dec. in Thwaite|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 305: The bloody boss [...] couldn’t whitewash a shit-’ouse wall.|
|(con. 1930s) Teems of Times and Happy Returns 145: A man’s ambition must be small, / To write his name on a shitehouse wall.|
|Guntz 196: She didn’t have any clothes to wear apart from this roll of shit house paper.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 93: I’ve seen you put your dukes through wooden shit-house doors.West in|
|Pimp’s Rap 192: There were hustlers and gangsters in the hall and bulldaggers by the shithouse wall.|
3. in fig. use, as an intensifier.
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Jan. [Internet] This bright shamus dashed in and slapped me for a row of brick out-houses.‘Million Buck Snatch!’|
|Age (Melbourne) 4 June 54/5: Near the end of the World Cup final, he just couldn’t contain his emotion, pleading with the Wallabies to ‘kick it to the shithouse’.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 26 Aug. 268/2: ‘‘What’s wrong with you, Carl, slog the c... to the shithouse!’ bellows one.|
4. an unpleasant person.
|Narr. Case John Porter, Jun. inRec. Governor & Company of Mass. Bay in New Eng. (1853–54) IV 216: He called his mother Rambeggur, Gammar Shithouse, Gammar Pissehouse [...] & these abusive names he vsed frequently.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 11: Fughing Irish shit-’ouse.|
|Blame me on Hist. 7: ‘You bloody shit house,’ he said.|
|Last Seen Wearing in Second Morse Omnibus (1994) 533: He was a shithouse.|
|Countryman Karl Black 29: The conductress was still quarrelling. ‘Damn fasty shit-house!’.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 15: Give that dirty black shithouse 500 grand. You’re kidding.|
|(con. 1945) Touch and Go 78: ‘I know him, all right,’ she said, ‘and he’s a leading shithouse.’.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 48: Fella’s properly a shithouse. He’s just a fucking horrible wretch.|
5. any place judged second-rate, usu. dirty, messy, disgusting.
|Sexus (1969) 375: You leave the toilet and you step into the big shithouse.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 58: It’s getting a little ridiculous working in this shithouse.|
|Patrolman 84: Some shithouse, huh? This fuckin’ place is gettin’ worse every day.|
|After Hours 26: Let’s face it, this is a shithouse.|
|Earthly Powers 20: Fucking shithouse of a bloody place.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 69: The sooner you get this done the sooner we can all get out of this shithouse.|
|London Fields 24: Crawling through the iodized shithouse that used to be England.|
|Filth 83: Just getting out of that shithoose restores your perspective. [Ibid.] 143: There is no way I’m going back to that shitehouse today.|
|Raiders 123: [He] was doing his time in a shithouse like Wandsworth [...] the Hate Factory.|
|More You Bet 19: One might have witnessed a bookie saying, ‘I’ve scored a grouse stand!’ or alternatively, ’I’ve been shoved in the shithouse!’.|
6. a jail.
|in Sweet Daddy 80: I can’t haul ass out of this shit house comes five o’clock.|
|Riot (1967) 166: If the convicts had an organization as powerful as the Humane Society behind us the public couldn’t get away with runnin’ a shit-house like this.|
|Pimp 237: I someone had told me a year ago I’d be back in the shit-house I’d have thought he was nuts.|
7. (orig. Aus.) a bad situation.
|In the Fiery Continent 303: You sh--heads better all clear off back to your hotels. You don’t win any f---ing Pulitzer prizes here. In fact this whole f---ing Congo’s just one ruddy sh--house.|
|Carlito’s Way 19: You guys can move with me or stay in the shithouse hustling quarters.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] shithouse (adjective) bad situation. Australian and UK term referring to a situation that is not going right.|
|Black Swan Green 368: Hey. life isn’t such a shit-house after all.|
8. a coward.
|Awaydays 9: Bit of a shithouse. I tried to get everyone calling him Danny Jekyll — he’s always hiding — but it never caught on.|
an attempt to gain an advantage by unfair means.
|Twitter 10 June [Internet] Otamendi booked following his second lash of the ball at an opposition player lying prone on the floor. Pure #shithousery that @BeardedGenius would be proud of.|
|Get in the Sea [ebook] HOW MANY MORE YEARS OF YOUR BELLIGERENT SHITHOUSERY DO WE HAVE TO ENDURE, YOU CROTCHETY OLD CUNTPIECE?|
|Guardian 5 July [Internet] Shithousery is a fairly nebulous term, taking in as it does pretty much all the dark arts employed on a football pitch – everything from diving to headbutting via haranguing the referee and time-wasting.|
see bang like a shithouse door (in a gale) under bang v.1
(N.Z.) to have a bad hangover.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(Aus./N.Z.) unique, unrivalled; thus stand out like a country shithouse v.; note cit. 1918 is euph. abbr.
|Aussie (France) 9 Dec. 20/1: The ‘Set’ works on very original lines. To use a Diggerism, ‘it’s out on its own’ as regards its method of work and style of entertainment.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxix 4/5: stands out like a country shithouse: Something so obvious it is unmistakeable [sic].|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 80/1: out on its own, like a country shithouse excellent or unique; eg ‘Television has introduced some startling logos over the years, but this one is out on its own, like a country shithouse.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 150: out on its/your own, like a country dunny/shithouse Alone, morose, or unique, but not necessarily admirable. Early C20. ANZ.|
(US) a very large number or amount.
|in Prelude (1967) 202: We had a whole shit-house full o’ fun with those girls.|
|Nifty Erotic Stories Archive [Internet] I have been in way too many cunts that have been used by a shithouse full of boys.‘Now I Know I Am Not Alone’ Part 4 on|
(Aus.) to pieces, ‘to hell’.
|Glass Canoe (1982) 141: One bloke with a job at the mine blew himself and his shop up with gelignite [...] He blew the lot to the shithouse, himself, her and three of his kids.|
|Real Thing 71: I’d like to get to the shithouse out of here.|
|White Shoes 242: It might be a good idea if I got to the shithouse out of here.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 305: They’ll just cut their losses and get to the shithouse out of Narooma.|