Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shit v.

1. in context of bodily waste.

(a) (also beshit) to defecate, also fig; thus shitting n. and adj.

[UK] in Rel. Ant. II 176: Hail be ?e, skinners, with ?ure drenche kive, [...] Whan that hit thonnerith, ?e mote ther in schite [OED].
[UK]J. de Trevisa Higden (Rolls) IV 329: Þey wolde [...] make hem a pitte [...] whan þey wolde schite [...] ; and whanne þey hadde i-schete þey wolde fille þe pitte a?en [OED].
[UK]Lanfranc’s Cirurg. 12: If he may not schite oones a day, helpe him þerto [...] with clisterie [OED].
[UK]Mankind in Macro Plays line 125: I prey yow hertyly, worschypp[f]ull clerke: / I haue etun a dysch full of curdis, / And I haue schetun yowr mowth full of turdis.
[UK]Colyn Blowbols Testament line 150: And other whiles such a f . . . he lete, That men wend verely he had shete.
[UK]J. Heywood Play of Weather in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 124: Than that the sun from shining should be smitten, / To keep thy fair face and they smock beshitten.
[UK]Tales and Quick Answers in Henke Gutter Life and Lang. 81: A man dreamed ‘that the devil led him into a field to dig for gold. When he found the gold, the devil said: ‘Thou canst not carry it away now, but mark the place, that thou mayst fetch it another time.’ ‘What mark shall I make?’ quod the man. ‘Shite over it,’ quod the devil . . . The man was content and did so. So when he awaked out of his sleep he perceived that he had fouly defiled his bed.
[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs II Ch. ix: It is not all butter, that the coow shites.
[UK]Jacke Juggler Diii: If you beat me tyll I fart and shyt againe you shall not cause me for any payne. [Ibid.] Div: If he had your selfe now within his reache He wold make you say so too or ells beshitte your breach.
[UK]Merie Tales of Skelton ix C: The freere sayde: I am kylled, one hath thrust me in the bellye. Fo! sayde Skelton, thou dronken soule, thou hast shit thyselfe.
[UK]Polwart Invectiues Capitane Allexander Montgomeree and Pollvart in Parkinson (Poems) (2000) IX line 1: Fonnd flytters, sheittis schytter, baccoun bytter beflyd.
[UK]‘Misdiaboles’ Ulysses upon Ajax 25: Therefore Misacmos [...] may write of sh—g, because a necessary matter.
[UK]T. Deloney Pleasant Hist. of Jacke Newberie (1633) vii H4: O tis no matter for marrie, if you will come to my chamber, beshit my bed, and let me kisse you.
[UK]Jonson Masque of the Gipsies in Q. Horatius Flaccus (1640) 70: Claw a Churle by the Arse and he will shite in your fist.
[UK] ‘Young Man’s Careless Wooing’ in Wardroper (1969) 101: For if you wink and shite, you shall ne’er see what you do.
[UK]J. Taylor Reply as true as Steele [cover] The Divell is hard bound and did hardly straine, / To shit a Libeller a knave in grain.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Rabelais I xi: He pissed in his shoes, shit in his shirt, and wiped his nose on his sleeve.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 26 22–30 Nov. 224: The GreatDogge beshitt his breeches.
[UK] in Ebsworth Choyce Drollery (1876) 34: Whose genius if I hit aright, / Might be conceiv’d Hermaphrodite, / To both sex common when they sh[ite].
[UK]Wandring Whore III 9: Another will needs shite in one of our wenches mouth’s (which is odd lechery) another who has brought rods in his pocket for that purpose, will needs be whip’t to raise lechery and cause a standing P--.
[UK]H. Crouch The Welch Traveller line 247: The quean she s--- in her hand and cast it in hur face: Cuts plutternails! beshrew her heart!
[UK]RochesterMy Lord All-Pride’ in Works (1999) 93: That his starv’d fancy is compelled to rake / Among the excrements of others wit / To make a stinking meal of what they shit.
[UK] ‘An Answer to the Satire on Court Ladies’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 43: Peculiar in his ways as well as wit, / Beshits his breeches ’cause we go to shit.
[UK]N. Ward ‘Poet’s Ramble after Riches’ Writings (1704) 19: May’st thou be Plagu’d with Coughs all night, / And hard Bound when thou go’st to S—e.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk III 437: May you never shit till you be soundly thrashed with stirrup leather.
[UK] ‘As the Fryer He Went Along’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 197: The Maid she sh-- and a Jolly brown T--- / out of her Jolly brown Hole.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy III 14: And then he turn’d and shit at him, / Good lack how he did stink!
[UK]Art of Meditating over an House of Office 7: Had he commanded the whole Roman Senate to sh-t before him.
[UK]Stamford Mercury 26 Oct. n.p.: ’T was I be—t the Bed, not you.
[UK]Laugh and Be Fat 91: He would undertake to bring him to his Speech, set him upon his Legs, make him walk, talk, eat, drink, piss, sh--.
[UK]Bog-House and Glass-Window Misc. 37: This is a Place that’s very fitting / To piss, to fart, to smoke, to shit in.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 193: May he be cursed in eating and drinking [...] in resting, in pissing, in shitting.
[UK]E. Chicken Collier’s Wedding 29: So now the drunken, senseless Crew, Break Pipes, spill Drink, piss, shit, and spew.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 96: May I be trampl’d, pist, and sh-t on, / If I don’t think you’re right.
[UK]New London Jester 87: How does she go to shit?
[UK]Banquet of Wit 18: He says, if I do not have the goose, he will shit in the room.
[UK] Burns ‘There Was Twa Wives’ Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 70: And she farted by the byre-en’ / For she was gaun a shitten.
[UK]Burns ‘Grizzel Grimme’ Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 112: ‘Shit, shit, ye bitch,’ Grim grizzel roar’d.
[UK]Bugger’s Alphabet in Bold (1979) 42: K is the king who shat on the floor.
[UK]Pleasant Hist. of Poor Robin 8: He had beshit the bed.
[UK] ‘Peas, Beans, & Cabbages’ Knowing Chaunter 10: Then said my wife, ’tis fit, / Since you’ve beat me, miss, / At f----g and p----, / I’ll challenge you next to s–--!
[UK] ‘T--d & the Soap Suds’ 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?
[UK] ‘Fall of Sebastopol’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 101: And the Russian commander in his breeches did s—t.
[US] ‘Jeff Davis Dream’ T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 50: You’ve shit, you fool [...] You nasty stinking devel.
[UK] ‘Queen & Louise’ in Bold (1979) 190: You may whimper a bit, but on no account shit / Though he mangles your tits to a jelly.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 263: A house devoted to shitting, but large enough to hold a dozen people.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 15 Nov. 1/3: Mrs. Fewclothes let her top bedroom to a Frenchman, but she didn't at all like his calling out one night [...] ‘Madam, I want two sheets in my bed’.
[US]Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: But how could I shit while there on the ground, / My snatch was so stretched no ass hole could be found.
[UK]T.S. Eliot ‘Columbo & Bolo’ Inventions of the March Hare in Ricks (1996) 315: The queen she took an oyster fork / And pricked Columbo’s navel / Columbo hoisted up his ass / And shat upon the table.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 162: Oh, shitty [...] he’s shit the bed.
[UK](con. 1918) J. Hanley German Prisoner 36: ‘I hate this thing [i.e. a German corpse] so much now I want to shit on it’.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 148: How long is it since you shit on the ocean?
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 56: There once was a jolly old bloke / Who picked up a girl for a poke. / He took down her pants, / Fucked her into a trance, / And then shit in her shoe for a joke.
[US](con. c.1912) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 590: But were she alive / I could shit in the bed, / And wipe me old arse / On the hair of her head.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Confessions 34: I desperately wanted to shit.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 159: Singing, dancing, boxing, laughing, drinking, fucking, running, shouting, whining, crying, praying, eating, shitting.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 136: Little Crispin had jumped out of bed and shat on the floor just to annoy her.
G.V. Higgins ‘Dillon Explained That He Was Frightened’ in N. Amer. Rev. Fall 44/1: You don’t shit in the well because maybe you want to drink out of it some day.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Living Black 164: We weren’t allowed to shit in the white man’s toilet.
[UK]B. Chatwin Songlines 137: ‘Well, at least they didn’t shit on the desks,’ she said.
[SA]I. Mahomed Cheaper Than Roses in Perkins (1998) 57: Blerrie Coloureds. Give them freedom and that’s what they do. Shit all over the place. Shit here. Shit there [...] but they won’t shit in the blerrie toilets.
[UK]Indep. Mag. 22 Jan. 14: They just sit around and shit and fookin’ cry don’t they?
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 121: Ut stahts off wuth me needin te shite, urgently like.

(b) to vomit.

[UK]H. Baumann Londinismen (2nd edn).

2. (also shit up) to deceive, to bamboozle, to tell lies, to exaggerate; thus phr. I shit you not, I am telling you the truth.

[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 51: Is he shitting me, that bastard?
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 24: There’s obviously something fishy, and I get the impression that she wants me to understand that she’s shitting me.
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 283: ‘Jesus Christ! Ya gotta have a dictionary to talk to them guys.’ ‘You ain’t shittin’.’.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 238: You’d better not try to shit us on Marty.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 40: Im not shittinya, he was caught fuckin a stiff.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 207: Don’t try to shit me.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 448: Are you shitting me? [...] There’s gonna be no bullshit.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 102: Are you shittin’ me? What the fuck is the matter with you?
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 136: Man was tryin’ to shit you up an’ it fuckin’ worked.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 58: I shit you not, lar.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] I speak Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Spanish [...] ’ ‘Are you shitting me?’.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 191: Drew stares like a madman. ‘You’re shitting me.’.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Boys of Summer’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 1 [TV script] I shit you not, man.
[UK]T. Black Gutted 56: ‘See they caught that Naked Rambler guy again,’ said Hod. ‘You’re shitting me’.
[US]J. Díaz This Is How You Lose Her 14: I shit you not; these sisters even have to wear hankies onn their heads.

3. (also shite out, shit out) to act in a cowardly manner.

[US]J. Crumley One to Count Cadence (1987) 81: ‘Somebody will shit out. Somebody will!’ [...] ‘Somebody shits, hey get busted!’.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 36: I’ve been going away with Tranmere for over two years now and I’ve never shit.
[UK]I. Welsh Glue 76: Dinnae you be shitein oot, Gally.

4. to respond dramatically, with alarm, fear, anger, e.g. he’ll shit himself when he hears this!

[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 16: They will be shitting for those people.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 13: When I spotted CTL 412, the third car from the end, I started to laugh. Cal Myers was going to shit.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 197: Gordon seen you, an he like to shit!
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 45: They’re shittin’.

5. (Aus.) to annoy.

[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 149: It shits me.
[Aus]Tracks (Aus.) Oct. 7: But what really shits me is that when you first go in, the cats with one or two stripes on their arms want you to treat them like God [Moore (1993) ].
[Aus]J. McNeil How Does Your Garden Grow Act III: sam: Can’t cop the winter . . . never could. mick: Uh-uh. Shits yer, all right.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 128: That’s what shits people like me, Les. The coppers [...] filling the courts with people for having a few [marijuana] plants in their backyard.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 172: I wancha to know, right [...] that I ain’t no butt-head, got it? That shits me. That burns my ass.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] Desk duties shit me up the wall.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I knew more than the teachers on some topics and it shit them big time.

6. to stop.

[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 86: ‘Shit with the Jew stuff, Willie.’ ‘Bill is the name of my name, Lesser.’ [... ]‘O.K., Bill, but cut out the Jew stuff.’.

7. to do something badly, to fail, to make a mess.

[UK]M. Amis London Fields 149: He goes ton-forty and has three darts at double 16? When he shitted that I knew then that victory was there for the taking.

8. to frighten.

[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 228: Truth be told this voice proper shit me.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 142: I [...] swung my tool at my attacker’s face. It missed but whistled by his nose close enough to shit the life out of him.

9. see shit off

Pertaining to defecation, in lit. and fig. uses

In phrases

(I could) shit through the eye of a needle

a phr. used by someone suffering from diarrhoea; thus eye of a needle n.

[UK]C. Wood ‘Spare’ in Cockade (1965) I i: And he’s sick – I’ve got the eye of a needle [...] squitters.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 179: shit through the eye of a needle to have diarrhea.
[US]D. Ireland Chosen 342: The whole crew discovered a sudden ability to shit through the eye of a needle.
[UK]T. Carew Jihad! [ebook] By now I had the galloping bumsquirts – it was coming out so fast I could shit through the eye of a needle.
[UK]A. Hopwood It’s Only Pain 58: But now, the morning after the night before I was suffering from the resulting dehydration with a bastard of a headache and the ability to shit through the eye of a needle.
not know whether to shit or go blind (v.) (also …whether to pee or go blind, …shit, die, or go blind, …shit or buy gas)

(US) to be utterly stupid, to be totally confused.

[US]A. Chidester Long Year 107: ‘I knew it. Man doesn’t know whether to shit or go blind.’ ‘We've got to go somewheres [...] Chicago, maybe’.
[UK](con. WWII) G. Sire Deathmakers 301: Yeah, I know what your mean [...] Don’t know whether to shit or go blind.
[US]J. Thompson Pop. 1280 in Four Novels (1983) 463: He didn’t know whether to pee or go blind.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 1: Don’t know whether to shit or buy gas – an expression of total confusion. When I looked at that exam, I didn’t know whether to shit or buy gas.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 60: Fool don’t know whether to shit or go blind.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 227: Bet cops come round messin with you, they end up not knowin if to shit or go blind.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 229: We’d still be there on that porch, not knowin’ whether to shit or go blind.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 266: I don’t know whether to shit, die, go blind, or just kill Wally.
[US]T. Comstock Reunion in Carmel 107: We don’t know whether to shit or go blind. Where the hell do we go from here?
shit and wish [18C phr. ‘shit in one hand and wish in the other; see which fills up first’; Bridges’ Homer Travestie (4 edn 1797) offers euph. ‘spit’ for shit]

(US black) a general retort to anyone who says ‘I wish...’.

[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
shit blue lights (v.)

(Aus.) to show signs of worry, suffering.

[Aus]M. Coleman Fatty 237: ’[T]hey were shitting blue lights. It was a pea soup fog and they couldn’t see a thing. They were really sweating’.
shit dimes and quarters (v.) [dime n. (1) + quarter n. (2c)]

(US black/drugs) to excrete bags of drugs after swallowing them when facing a police search.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] dump one’s change Definition: What one does after he’s swallowed his weed to hide it from the police Example: Man, I swallowed a half a key, now I’ll be shittin dimes and quarters for a week!
shit green (v.) [SE green as the image of disturbed stomach, thus emotions] (US)

1. to desire.

[US]C. & E. Jones Face of War 22: Jesse, I’d shit green for some K’s now ... wyan’t you just slide over there and forage us some now?

2. to be extremely shocked.

[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 214: The way he had everybody in the town shittin green until that bastard from Texas got on his ass and burndim.

3. to be enraged.

[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.

4. to be afraid.

[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 62: He’s afraid, Lesser thought. Shits green. So do I, to admit the truth.
shit in one’s own backyard (v.) (also shit in one’s nest)

(orig. US) to do anything that jeopardizes one’s life by its proximity to one’s personal, social or professional life, e.g. to steal from one’s own workplace, to conduct an affair with an in-law.

[UK]Barltrop & Wolveridge Muvver Tongue 90: The person who has spoiled things where he was once a favourite: ‘he’s shit in his nest’.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 109: Hey Les, we’re not shittin’ in your nest here. And I don’t see any coppers.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 85: Shane gets absolutely full, tries to con up his boss’s wife, and shits in his own nest.
Aceyalone ‘Down Right Dirty’ [lyrics] on Accepted Eclectic [album] I learned real early that life was hard / Never ever shit in your own backyard / Never fake the funk or front to play the part / Be smart, live life love, respect the art.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] ‘How come you’ve never tried to root me?’ ‘Mate, you’re my best friend [...] You don’t shit in your own nest’.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] You don’t shit in your own backyard, so find somewhere on Crown land.
shit (in the same place) where one eats (v.)

(orig. US) to commit a crime in one’s own neighbourhood; lit. and fig.

[US]S. Bellow Augie March 20: What he had to say was usually on the Spartan model [...] ‘Don't shit where you eat.’ One simple moral in all, amounting to, ‘You have no one to blame but yourself’.
[US]J. McElroy Hind’s Kidnap 248: As Maddy Beecher said vis-a-vis the beautiful IBM operator, You don't shit where you eat.
[US]A.Mann Tuesdays and Thursdays 82: Priscilla didn’t think he fooled around now, and ‘you don't shit where you eat’ was her motto anyway so she had always steered clear.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 33: They seemed to put a lot of store in that old adage, ‘Don’t shit where you eat.’.
[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 195: We were shitting in the same place where we eat — stealing right in our neighborhood.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 205: Hollywood hemmed him in. He shit where he ate.
[US]E.W. Miller Mother Warned You 52: He was a subscriber to the axiom, ‘Don't shit where you eat!’ So he would go out of town in his van, alone, seeking victims among strangers.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Every guy on Da Force would like to have sex with her, but she’s made it very clear she don’t shit where she eats.
shit one’s pants (v.)

(Aus.) to become over-excited, to lose emotional control.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘Alright. Don’t shit your pants [...] We’re just going to do a couple of slow kilometres’.
shit on one’s own doorstep (v.) (also shite on one’s own doorstep)

used of one who foolishly has adulterous affairs within their circle of friends and acquaintances.

[UK]C. Dexter Last Seen Wearing in Second Morse Omnibus (1994) 445: There’s an old saying, isn’t there – if you’ll excuse the language – about not shitting on your own doorstep.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 171: At least ah hud the decency no tae shite oan ma ain doorstep.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 135: First and foremost among [my rules] was ‘Don’t shit on your own doorstep.’.
[UK]C. Kray Doing the Business [ebook] Don’t shit on your own doorstep [...] Never steal off your own, be it cars, cash or wives.
shit on the dining room table (v.)

(US) to become involved in a sexual relationship with a friend or employee.

[US]G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 9: Friends warned him about shitting on the dining room table, but he was genuinely fond of the woman.
shit or bust (v.) (also shit or go blind)

1. to make a last, desperate gamble; as an excl. of exasperation.

[UK] ‘The Triumph of Science over Physic’ in Pearl 5 Nov. 29: Home they brought the warrior, fed / To repletion more than just; / And the servants, chuckling, said, / ‘He must shit or he will bust.’.
[UK] (ref. to 1950s) R. Barnes Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 189: Shit or bust, I’m packing it in.
[UK](con. WWII) J. Robinson Jack and Jamie Go to War 181: ‘What we gonna do?’ asked Buck [...] ‘Shit or bust!’ I said.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 112: You know me mate – I’m sit or bust! [Ibid.] 165: Never think one day ahead, forget consequences [...] be shit-or-bust!
[US]E. Torres Q&A 9: Three shots cracked between the prisoner’s legs. Reilly froze. Shit-or-go-blind time.
shit or get off the pot (v.)

see separate entry.

shit the bed (v.)

(US) in fig. use, to make a mess.

[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 309: I got a confession out of Tinsley, but I shit the bed in the process. I roughed up Tinsley pretty bad.
shit through one’s nose (v.)

(W.I.) to suffer, to be humiliated.

[UK]C. Knight We Shall Not Die 55: Dem raas claat deh who oppress mi fi years shall pay. Dem shall shit through dem nose.
shit through one’s teeth (v.)

1. (also shit through the teeth) to vomit.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Shiting through the Teeth Vomiting. Hark ye, sir, have you a Padlock to your Ar-e, that you sh-e through your Teeth? Vulgar address to one vomiting.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Sh-t-ng through the Teeth. Vomiting. Hark ye, friend, have you got a padlock on your a-se, that you sh-te through your teeth? Vulgar address to one vomiting.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]Maledicta IX 160: Shitting through the teeth (vomiting, upchucking) is better left dead, for it could be confusing and be taken to mean ‘lying,’ etc.

2. (also shit through one’s mouth) to lie blatantly.

[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 14: If he is particularly ignorant or foolish, and proves it by talking loudly or a lot about things [...] he shits through his mouth.
[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. (unpub. ms.).
that ever shit between two shoes

(US black) a general intensifer: ever, of all time.

[US]Simon & Pelecanos ‘Amsterdam’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 4 [TV script] He got to be one of the laziest white boys that ever shit between two shoes.

Pertaining to fear

shit a brick (v.)

see separate entry.

shit (hot) bullets (v.) (also piss bullets) [piss v. (1) + SE bullets]

(US) to be terrified.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 150: I’m sitting there shitting hot bullets.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 153: He was pissing bullets there for a while, Tommy. Jesus, Des, having him palm a ticket so that Sonny McDonough’s daughter gets the new Studebaker.
[US]J. Konrath Air in the Paragraph Line #11 117: His older brother could make me shit bullets with an evil gaze.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Everyone’s hunkered down, shitting bricks and waiting for that blow.
shit (in) one’s pants (v.) (also shit (in) one’s breeches, …britches)

to be terrified or extremely excited; thus pant-shitting adj., terrified .

[[UK]New London Jester 87: I have not beshit my breeches].
[UK] ‘Wellington’s Victory’ in Wellington’s Laurels 2: When the British came after so hot, / The French s--t their breeches with quaking.
[UK]Hilpert & Kärcher German & Eng. 333/1: He looks as if he had shit his breeches.
[UK]T.S. Eliot ‘Columbo & Bolo’ Inventions of the March Hare in Ricks (1996) 318: A bullet came along the road / And up Columbo’s asshole / Columbo grew so angry then / He nearly shit his breeches.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 82: I got so damned frightened that I almost shit in my pants.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 89: Peter’s almost shitting his pants with excitement.
[US]J.S. Pennell Hist. of Rome Hanks 41: I bet he shit his britches.
[US]R. Leveridge Walk on the Water 276: You’ll be so damned scared you’ll probably shit your pants.
[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 83: Sure, the f---- stud, almost s--- his pants when I pulled a joint (gun).
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 143: They mustta shit their pants when the trucks were bombed.
[US](con. c.1900) J. Thompson King Blood (1989) 87: That fella [...] gets me so God damned rattled. Jus’ looks at me an’ I start shittin’ in my pants.
[US]M. Braly False Starts 78: Most people are easy. You show them a gun and they shit their pants.
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 85: He’s shit his pants so much the stink is makin’ me sick.
[UK](con. 1956) P. Theroux My Secret Hist. (1990) 63: The time Libby shit his pants.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 51: Just run. Did you shit your pants? Did you piss them? Who cares? Run. Just run.
[UK]P. Bailey Kitty and Virgil (1999) 245: Are you shitting your pants yet?
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 245: I suppose they thought I would shit in my britches and hide.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 184: And what the fuck you think you’re doin [...] shittin your pants about some dead schwartza.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 89: ‘He’s your son!’ screamed Molder in pant-shitting mortal terror.
[UK]Guardian G2 7 June 15: Of course he’s shitting his pants: he’s just heard his willy snap in half.
[US]A. Mansbach ‘Crown Heist’ in Brooklyn Noir 124: He was too petro [...] He was shitting his pants more than I was.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 103: Then ah goat a panic call fae that American radge [...] shitein ehs fuckin kecks.
shit it (v.) (also shite it) [abbr. shit a brick v.]

to be terrified, to act in a cowardly manner.

[UK]I. Welsh ‘A Soft Touch’ in Acid House 51: Ah wis shitein it.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 21: Toal’s shiting it about this departmental reorganisation.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 111: He was shitting it because he owed large to local moneylender Big Tam Wilson.
[UK]I. Welsh Glue 54: The perr auld gadge wis shitein it.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 105: You wos only late cos you wos so shittin it.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 58: Smack’s the only thing uh huvnae done [...] And ah must confess that ah’m fuckin shitein it.
[Aus] G. Johnstone ‘No Through Road’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] One pommie-lookin’ fella just straight out shits it, goes white as a sheet.
shit one’s brains out (v.)

to be absolutely terrified.

[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 374: Who would think that the chubby little youngster beside you will in ten or fifteen years be shitting his brains out with fright on a foreign field.
shit someone up (v.)

to terrify.

[UK]I. Welsh ‘A Smart Cunt’ in Acid House 287: I piss blood, which shits me up.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 44: We decided to really shit them up by going up to the M62 and ambushing them.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 218: Dont it just shit you the fuck up?
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 184: We’re just gunner shit the fucker up, that’s all. Just say boo. Birrer fear, birruva welly.

Pertaining to lying, deception

do a lot of shitting and one’s pants aren’t down [abbr. bullshit v. (2)]

to be talking particularly loudly and foolishly.

[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 14: If he is particularly ignorant or foolish, and proves it by talking loudly or a lot about things [...] he’s doing a lot of shitting and his pants ain’t even down yet.
don’t shit a shitter (also don’t bullshit a bullshitter)

a phr. meaning one can’t fool someone who deals in fooling others.

[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 55: Stony, don’t bullshit a bullshitter, it’s Cheri, right?
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 70: ‘Don’t shit a shitter,’ I said, raising my voice. ‘I want the truth.’.
[US]T. Fontana ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishments’ Oz ser. 3 ep. [TV script] We’ve got a little saying in this country [...] ‘You can’t shit a shitter’.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 554: You’re a slumlord, Ralphie. Do not try to shit a well-known shitter like me.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 16: Sometimes you can shit a shitter.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Old Cases’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 4 [TV script] ‘So what did you tell him?’ ‘Never shit a shitter, that’s what I fucking told him’.
would I shit you, you’re my favourite turd (also I wouldn’t shit you, you’re my favourite turd) [turd n. (1)]

(US) an assertion of one’s sincerity, in answer to the previous speaker’s ‘Don’t bullshit me...’.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 17: ‘You’re shitting me,’ says Mule. ‘I wouldn’t shit you. You’re my favorite turd,’ says the chief.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 25: ‘You shittin’ me?’ ‘Would I shit you? You’re my favorite turd.’.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Short Timers (1985) 160: I wouldn’t shit you, Joker. You’re my favorite turd.
[US]Hasford & Kurbrick Full Metal Jacket [movie script] pvt cowboy: Don’t shit me, man pvt joker: I wouldn’t shit you. You’re my favorite turd!
CoolBeans.com [Internet] Cool Beans Records — The subtitle, ‘every fucking song is radio friendly’ is no lie. I wouldn’t shit you, you’re my favorite turd.
[US]T. Dorsey Riptide Ultra-Glide 8: ‘I wouldn’t shit you.’ ‘I know,’ said Coleman, ‘I’m your favorite turd’.

Pertaining to trouble or ill treatment

shit on (v.)

1. (also shit (all) over) to abuse, to humiliate; often as past participle shat on adj.

[[UK]Swift ‘On the Longitude’ Misc. IV (1751) 139: Now Ditton and Whiston May both bep-st on, And Whiston and Ditton May both be besh-t on].
[[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 96: May I be trampl’d, pist, and sh-t on, / If I don’t think you right].
[US] in T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 43: [Having made a hash of his command functions, he then went to a mess tent and created a row with his fellow officers, calling them things such as] ‘son of a bitch, God damned liar and damned dog’ and asked a colleague if he would ‘allow a nigger to shit on him’.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 261: Even so, they shit on them in U.S.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 58: Who can shit on a fallen adversary.
[US]T. Wolfe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 31: St. Paul said, if they shit on you in one city, move on to another city.
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 20: All the guys they’ll be shitting all over you, stealing dogs, for Christ’s sake.
[SA]A. Brink Rumours of Rain 115: ‘I shit on this Court!’ he shouted [...] ‘I shit on the lot of you! I shit on the whole sordid system which forces one to turn against one’s friends.’.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 29: Beaver, the only reason you like to get close to people is so that you won’t miss when you decide to shit on them.
[UK]Observer Mag. 27 Nov. 10: Once you let them shit over you, that’s when the real liberty-taking starts.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 70: If you’ve done shitting on your girlfriend and generally dicking around, take off your clothes.
[US]C. Stella Rough Riders 93: We’re [i.e. Native Americans] no different than any other group, except we were shit on a lot more than the rest.
J. Spades ‘Chicken Soup’ [lyrics] Niggas be hating but that’s what bitches do / Cause we shitting on niggas like pigeons do.

2. to deal with comprehensively.

[US] Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 17: He just shitted on that song, went all out.
[US]Source Aug. 38: He dissed Shyne, got shitted on by Pac.

3. to defeat, e.g. in a sporting fixture; to surpass.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 19: This dead set shits on cartin’ beef.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘But it shits on pumping vomit out of drunks and pulling vibrators out of poof’s dates in a casualty ward’.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.

4. to talk tediously.

[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 209: What are you shiting on about now?
shit on from a great height (v.)

(orig. RAF) to be extremely unpleasant, to make a great deal of trouble for someone else; usu. as past participle, see shat on adj.

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 418: A very telling expression was that commonly used by a man who had been ‘told off’ at the orderly room, that he had been ‘s–-t on from a great height’.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1054/1: since ca. 1925.
[UK]R. Hill Recalled to Life 105: The judge would hit the ceiling, then cling on up there so he could shit on you from a great height!
[UK]Guardian 13 Apr. 20: Where do you stand on Asylum Seekers? We prefer to shit on them from a great height.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 49: We’ll make a good showing [...] Then you’ll shit on us from a great height.
in smh.com.au 29 Dec. [Internet] ‘I fall in love with women who then shit on me from a great height’.

General uses

shit about (v.) (also shit around)

to waste time, to act halfheartedly, to mess around.

[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 61: Stop shitting around and get her fucked, will you?
[UK] letter in Oz 4 3/4: Why don’t you stop shitting about [...] If you want to be different, print something to contravene the Obscene Publications Act [...] not infantile pictorial stupidity.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 6: Hey, Murphy, I was just shittin’ around.
shit off (v.) (also shit)

1. to annoy, to irritate; thus as adj., annoyed.

[Aus]Adamson & Hanford Zimmer’s Essay 112: Shit off with this fake dome of a life; why should I remain here locked up in my own buckling cells?
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 108: My dad says the mayor is seriously shat-off about it.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Big World’ in Turning (2005) 2: It’s not hosing blood that shits me off – it’s Angelus itself.
[UK] in Metro (London) 13 Apr. 11: Bring more drink – were gunna run out quick & you will be shitted then.

2. to run away.

[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 213: Shit off, shove off, skedaddle.
[US]S. King It (1987) 584: I’m a man wit’ a plan an if you doan shit, you goan git! You hear me, you whiteface bunghole?
[UK]Indep. Rev. 27 May 8: Shit off, you wanker.

3. to be quiet.

[UK]G. Fletcher Down Among the Meths Men 44: He’s a spy, said one. He’s a copper’s nark. Oh, shit off, will yer, said Liverpool Jack [...] E’s nowt ter do wiv the cops.
shit out (v.) (also shite out)

1. to behave as a coward, to run away from danger or confrontation.

[US]J. Crumley One to Count Cadence (1987) 81: Somebody will shit out. Somebody will! Somebody always does.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 153: S no a question ay shitein oot Franco. Ah’m jist no intae it.

2. to terrify.

[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 166: There was a rapping on the door that damn near shitted me out.

3. to abuse, to scold.

[SA]P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at the Palace (1985) 13: What does he expect me to do? None of our okes in sight! If I tried a chip and missed, he would have shat me out. If I pulled the ball back with no one there, he still would have shat me out.

In exclamations

go shit in your hat! (also go crap in your hat! go shit in a pot and duck your head! go shit in your wallet! go spit in your hat! go spit up your trouser leg! shit in it!)

(US) a general excl. of abuse; extended versions are go shit in your hat and pull it down over your ears (and call it curls)!/go crap in your hat, pull it over your head and call it curls!

[[UK] E. Montagu lettter to Samuel Pepys 7 Oct. n.p.: He that do get a wench with child and marry her afterwards is as if a man should shit in his hat and then clap it on his head [R]].
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 100: We passed two trim airmen on the road, with shrieks of ‘Up yer’ [...] ‘Shit in it,’ they called back, rudely.
[US]B. Schulberg What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 124: If he don’t like the fifty bucks he can crap in his hat, pull it over his head and call it curls.
[US]R. Chandler High Window 113: ‘Well, I’ll run along now and check with the officer of the club,’ I said. ‘Tell him to go spit up his left trousers leg,’ he said. ‘Tell him I said so.’.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 611: Go crap in your hat.
[US]D. Dressler Parole Chief 32: I have a message for you from Commissioner Canavan. Go spit in your hat!
[US](con. c.1900) J. Thompson King Blood (1989) 193: Go shit in your hat!
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 72: Shit in it, Geordie!
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 107: You can tell ’em to go shit in their wallets and they don’t get their feelings hurt and they don’t hold grudges.
[US]J. Heller Good As Gold (1979) 217: ‘I hope she gives you the clap and the syph.’ ‘Go shit in your hat.’.
[US]Maledicta 1 Summer 11: Disliked or inconvenient persons may be [...] asked: why don’t you go shit in a pot and duck your head? [Ibid.] 12: Disliked or inconvenient persons may be [...] told [...] More ornately: go shit in your hat and pull it down over your ears – and call it curls! No one would mistake these for compliments.
[UK]T. McClenaghan Submariners II ii: Fuck’s sake, shit in it.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 352: go shit in your hat (and pull it down over your ears), to. To go chase yourself, only more so; a most emphatic rejection.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Davo’s Little Something 6: Davo would dearly have loved to tell her to go and pull her fanny over her head and him to go shit in his rotten copper’s hat.
[US]J. McSherry A Clean Street’s a Happy Street 56: ‘Oh, go shit in your hat Dolores,’ he hollered.
shit and fall back on it!

(N.Z.) an excl. of amazement.

[UK]N. Armfelt Catching Up 104: ‘Jes’, Graham, shit and fall back on it! Have you ever seen such a display of zoology?’ The Twist was being danced.
shit me! (also shit me easy! shit on me!)

an excl. of surprise, astonishment, resignation.

[US]I. Faust Willy Remembers 145: ‘Shit me easy, Benny,’ I said.
[US]T. Berger Who is Teddy Villanova? 23: The coloreds drink that like water. But if I did, no nigger’d be thirsty, shit on me.
[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 189: Fuckin’ shit me man.
shit on…!

(also shit for...! shit to...!) an excl. of dismissal, equivalent to the hell with...! under hell n. (cf. shite on...! under shite v.).

[[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair IV iv: Upon your justice-hood? Marry shit o’ your hood!].
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 339: I don’t care. Shit on the world! Piss on the world! [Ibid.] 490: Say, shit for him! He ran over my precious son.
[UK]R. Mais Hills were Joyful Together (1966) 188: ‘Shit to you!’ said Chippie.
[US](con. 1945) G. Forbes Goodbye to Some (1963) 147: Shit on him.
[US]C. Himes Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 178: ‘If we’re not there leave a number and we’ll call back.’ ‘Shit on that,’ she said.
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 147: Ah, shit on yeh sanctimonious oul kisser!
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 33: What the fuck, huh? [...] the protection’s really there, well, shit on it.
[US]W. Groom Better Times Than These (1979) 41: Shit on rumors—I don’t stop ’em, I start ’em.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 183: ‘He jess thew it outa winda,’ said Orrie. ‘Shit on him,’ said Mr Biker.
[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In I ii: Shit on them. Why are they so vile?
[US]‘Heat Moon’ Blue Highways 314: The Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on the door and want to heal me. I tell them, ‘shit on this healing!’.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 238: But shit on that, she tells herself; if Mike says he’s making the move, give him room.
[UK]M. Collins Keepers of Truth 27: I say, shit on all that, Bill.
shit on you!

(orig. US) a general term of abuse.

[UK](con. 1918) J. Hanley German Prisoner 19: ‘Shit on you. Get forward [...] You bloody cowards’.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 48: ‘Aa, shit on you,’ muttered Yussie sullenly.
[US] in P.R. Runkel Law Unto Themselves 25: Men often use the terms ‘shit on you’ and ‘piss on you’ as means of derogatory commentary.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 158: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Slow your roll. Set it off. Shit on you.