Green’s Dictionary of Slang

wet adj.1

1. of a woman, sexually excited, ‘secreting lech-water’.

[UK]N. Ward London Spy VII 174: Nor one whore that could have the impudence to ask above Six-pence Wet and Six-pence Dry, for an hour of her Cursed Company.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 71: Was it not lovely, Charlotte, is not your thing wet?
[US] ‘All Night Long’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 171: We drank one or two as other folks do, / The night was wet, but she got wetter.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 62: Her twat would get wet / And would wiggle and fret, / And her cunt-lips would curl and unfurl.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 351: She was wet as a goose now.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 81: Don’t play with my pussy. I’m wet already.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 128: ‘D’you want a punch in the fucking mouth?’ – he hadn’t in fact taken exception. ‘I’m going wet at the prospect, my darling man.’.
[US]P. Califia Macho Sluts 47: You really are wet!
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 400: There he was now, knowing that each deliberate slide of his hips was making the girls wet.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 65: Just the thought of being overpowered makes her wet.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 133: Jacobs wanted to ask her is she was as wet as he was hard.

2. with ref. to alcohol.

(a) drunk; sometimes all wet.

M. Prior ‘Celia to Damon’ in Poetical Wks (1866) 61: When my lost lover the tall ship ascends With music gay, and wet with jovial friends.
[US]B. Franklin ‘Drinkers Dictionary’ in Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 92: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] He’s Wet.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 192: ‘Wet, a little’ — somewhat drunky.
[UK] ‘A Favourite Parody’ in Lummy Chaunter 75: Perhaps like me, she’s glad to take / Whatever she can get, / But if she drinks till she is dry, / She always will be wet.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 109: That nights at Smalls’s, when you got wet in rather a more lively style than you’ve done to-day.
[UK]G.R. Sims Three Brass Balls 38: He had a basin of water brought and dashed his head into it, for the Dalrymple supper had been a ‘wet’ one.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 7 Feb. 1/1: A Barrack-street publican recently had a wet time at his houseboat.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘On a Bender’ in Benno and Some of the Push 76: You can’t reckon he’s wet through ’n’ through till he’s a Hinglish Earl out t’ buy an ’an’ful iv gold-mines.
[US]Mencken letter 20 Dec. in Riggio Dreiser-Mencken Letters II (1986) 365: This will be a very wet Christmas. I am booked for three-under-the-table parties, all stag.
[US] ‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] wet.
[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight.
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 115: Get wet, junior.
[US]Springfield Union-News (MA) 9 Sept. C6/5–6: wet—Is to be very drunk.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Wire’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 6 [TV script] Either dry yourself out or go up on those rooftops wet.

(b) drunken; often as wet night.

[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair I 146: As he knew he should have a wet night, it was agreed that he might gallop back again in time for church on Sunday morning.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 298: Sir Harry and party had had a wet night of it, and were all more or less drunk.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 29 July 2/7: The proof lay with the informing policemen, many of whom regularly make a ‘wet’ Sunday night of it, by going round to the various pubs, and taking a good pull at any glasses they may find.
[UK]G.R. Sims ‘Sir Rupert’s Wife’ Ballads of Babylon 28: His mansion was Liberty Hall; / There was always a warm wet welcome for neighbours who chose to call.
[UK]Sporting Times 19 May 1/4: It is needless to say it was a wet night.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Sept. 1/1: There was fun galore at a recent Cannington picnic [where] the mob made it the wettest picnic on record.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Third Round 633: The office looked like the morning after a wet night.

(c) (US) permitting the sale of alcohol; thus a wet state.

[US]R.H. Davis in Scribner’s Monthly I 63: Dry or wet, Mr. Dort? Indifferent, eh? [DA].
[US]Dallas Dly Herald (TX) 28 Nov. 1/4: Atlanta Gone Wet. The antis carried every city precinct [...] and the antis are jubilant. Prohibitionists concede the victory.
[US]Congressional Record 12 Mar. 2172/1: Every spring election there is a contest as to whether the town is to be ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ [DA].
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Jan. 1/4: The workhouses where beer was barred — dry. / Almost everywhere else it was wet.
Muskogee Cimiter (OK) 24 Mar. 4/2: The howl going up from the press [...] because of the move to deprive them of ‘wet’ advertising is [...] instructive.
[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 251: Hugh assured Cynthia that it was going to be a ‘wet party’ and that Vinton had sold him a good supply of Scotch.
[US]Ade Old-Time Saloon 19: A large slice of the population, even during the high tide of the wet era, shunned the booze joints and rode on the wagon.
[US]Life 18 Nov. 20/2: By that standard [...] freshmen have been wet since 1902, when the first nightshirt parade was held [DA].
[US]Green & Laurie Show Biz from Vaude to Video 140: Accordingly, they stuck the knife into customers up to the hilt in that last of the wet, go-to-hell years.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Living Black 282: The director decides whether a reserve will have ‘wet’ canteens on it and, if so, how long they will be open each day.
[US]‘Joe Bob Briggs’ Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 154: I’m proud to say they voted wet last year so all my babtist [sic] buddies can start drinking in front of each other.

(d) (US Und.) of alcohol, diluted.

[US]C.B. Chrysler White Slavery 109: All the mixed drinks are ‘wet,’ that is, they have been watered.

(e) containing alcohol.

[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 3 Mar. 2/5: The new mayor is a different type of gentleman [...] He keeps a wet cupboard.

3. in fig. senses.

(a) (usu. upper-middle-/upper-class) weak, spineless; thus wetness n., weakness, ineffectuality, spinelessness.

[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 193: It is not au fait to like poetry; a man who does is exceedingly wet, indeed; he is effeminate, a sissy.
[US]Phila. Inquirer 16 June n.p.: The word ‘wet’ still embraces anything that does not meet with approval. Applied to an undergraduate, it is a fighting word, unless accompanied by a smile.
[UK](con. 1937) R. Westerby Mad in Pursuit 157: Think I’m soft, or bloody wet, or something?
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings Goes To School 18: You’re a bit wet, aren’t you?
[UK]A. Burgess Right to an Answer (1978) 93: Don’t be so bloody wet.
[UK]B. Reckord Skyvers Act II: You don’t do much wiv ’im except goin’ to the pictures [...] and angin’ about wet-like, nattering.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 62: Pop eyed for a pathetic wet customer to bleed.
[UK]Beano Comic Library No. 181 44: That was a wet idea, Wiggy!
[UK]Indep. Rev. 13 Aug. 11: The really only decent woman is the motherless Anne – and when I say decent, I means wet.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Boner McPharlin’s Moll’ in Turning (2005) 257: Don’t be wet, I said.

(b) incorrect, mistaken, no good; usu. as all wet

[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 94: They attended a performance of Shaw’s ‘Candida’ given by the Dramatic Society and voted it a ‘wet’ show. [Ibid.] 192: Wet! What currency that bit of slang has — and what awful power. It took me a long time to find out what the word meant, but after long research I think that I know. A man is wet if he is n’t a ‘regular guy’; he is wet if he is n’t ‘smooth’; he is wet if he has intellectual interests and lets the mob discover them; and, strangely enough, he is wet by the same token if he is utterly stupid. He is wet if he does n’t show at least a tendency to dissipate, but he is n’t wet if he dissipates to excess.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 337: wet — no good; of no importance; mistaken.
S. Hopkinson Onliest Fisherman 29: All right, you wet joke on a good man’s strength! Look at you! Your muscles is all lies.

4. (US Black / Und.) covered in blood (usu. from a gunshot or knife wound); thus get one’s hands wet, to commit a murder.

Tim Dog ‘I’ll Wax Anybody’ [lyrics] Your boys wanna jet, but their ass’ll get wet.
[US]Jayo Felony ‘Hurt That Nigga’ [lyrics] Get wet tip of my TEC rips ya neck.
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 127: Tom is a lawyer who’s never got his hands wet.
Meek Mill ‘Who You’re Around’ [lyrics] Remember when it rains, niggas get wet.

Pertaining to alcohol

In compounds

wet bargain (n.)

a deal concluded over drinks.

W. Windham Speeches II (1812) 271: The recruit took the condition of a soldier, with a guinea to make it a wet bargain.
J. Dunlop Drinking Usages of UK 87: Agricultural bargains [...] are very general settled [...] over strong drink [and] the supposed necessity of ‘wet bargain’ is nearly universal.
[UK]Antiquary 44 101: A Dutch or wet bargain came to mean one cemented by the parties drinking together.
C. Holliday Wedding Customs 59: After the giving of the ring or kiss wine was generally drunk by the bride and the groom, and this ceremony, known as a ‘wet bargain,’ made the contract even more binding.
wetbrain (n.) [note SE water on the brain, encephalitis]

a state of stupidity induced by alcoholism; thus an alcoholic; in general use, a fool.

[US]Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 17 Aug. 8/8: Within a certain period the drinker has brought himself down to the level of chronic alcoholic poisoning, or what in the profession is designated as ‘wet brain.’.
Sth Alabamian (Jackson, AL) 28 Apr. 6/2: ‘The man,’ he said, ‘who takes a social drink should know of a new danger that lies in store or him. It is wet brain’.
[US]T. Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Act II: Concentrate, but you can’t because your brain’s all soaked with liquor, is that the trouble? Wet brain!
[US]H. Ellison ‘Have Coolth’ Gentleman Junkie 132: We staggered home to my pad [...] like a pair of wet brains.
[US]H. Ellison ‘A Boy & his Dog’ Beast that Shouted Love (1976) 189: I heard myself talking to her, still standing there like some kind of wetbrain.
[US]W.T. Vollmann You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 240: I’ll be blowed if I know what you could possibly understand about amphibious warfare, you wetbrain.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 367: You’re a big-time drunk. They’ll jist think you got wet-brain.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 166: We squelched our way through [...] some wetbrain’s idea of Paris.
wet food (n.)

(US) alcohol.

[US]T.A. Dorgan ‘Johnny Wise’ [comic strip] Then proceeds to buy him some ‘wet food.’.
wet goods (n.) [opposite of SE dry goods, groceries etc.]

alcohol; also attrib.

[US]Pennsylvania Eve. Post 9 Mar. 80/2: To Be Let, A little above the Drawbridge, A Vault, [...] very fit and convenient for Liquors or Wet Goods [DA].
[US]A.B. Alcott New Connecticut 122: The largest items in the bills for such occasions [i.e. weddings] being for what were called ‘wet goods’ [DA].
[US]News-Herald (Hillsboro, OH) 13 May 1/1: They smoke moderately and consume but a limited amount of ‘wet goods’ .
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 29 Apr. 31/2: [Woman] ‘I am going into this dry goods store. Can you wait?’ [Man] ‘Oh yes. But don’t hurry — I’m going to wait in a wet goods store’.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 23 Mar. 7/1: With prohibition ahead [...] she is secretly laying in a supply of wet goods.
[US]H. Asbury Gangs of N.Y. 10: Green-groceries which sold more wet goods than vegetables.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Three Wise Guys’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 398: Blondy is bringing wet goods into New York from Canada.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
wet one (n.) [sense 1]

1. a drinker.

[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 267: [note] A glass of spirits is termed, among the wet ones, adding ‘another nail to the coffin.’.

2. (US drugs, also wet daddy) a cigarette saturated with phencyclidine; thus wetted-up adj., intoxicated with phencyclidine.

[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 57: wet one/wet daddy A sherman cigarette saturated with PCP. wetted-up To be loaded with PCP.
wet parson (n.)

a parson with a taste for liquor.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Wet Parson. One who moistens his clay freely, in order to make it stick together.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].
D. Machintosh Gaelic Pvbs 212: It was very well known by the presbytery, that our wet parson was a perfect judge of the real dew of the Grampians, and staple beverage of Caledonia.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
W. Irving letter 289 Oct. in Irving Life & Letters (1870) 215: [He] is a man of great wealth and greater eccentricity; a kind of wet parson, if I may borrow that phrase from the Quakers ; as he is a complete bon vivant.
wet Quaker (n.) (also wet Christian)

1. one who pretends to be religious and abjure alcohol, but in fact drinks regularly in secret.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Wet-Quaker, a Drunkard of that Sect.
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 26: Would you buy any naked truth, or light in a dark-lanthorn? Look in the Wet-Quaker’s walk.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 142: Being a facetious Sort of Fellow, what we call a Wet Quaker, he would drink and keep company.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Ire]J. O’Keeffe London Hermit (1794) 61: He’s a wet Christian.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.

2. one who drinks weak or diluted spirits.

[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 1 Sept. 3/6: The language of the London East-end pub [...] ‘Cat flaps’ and ‘Wet Quakers’ — Drinkers of diluted stuff.

3. in fig. use, any hypocritical person.

[UK]G.A. Sala Twice Round the Clock 194: They [i.e. ‘sporting men’] are the wet Quakers of the turf. [...] I conjecture them to be trainers, country horse-dealers, licensed victuallers with a turn for sporting, gentlemen farmers [...].

In phrases

get wet (v.)

1. (US) to have a drink.

[US]M. Braly It’s Cold Out There (2005) 191: I got nowhere to flop and nothing to get wet with.

2. see also general phrases below.

3. see also SE phrases below.

Pertaining to sex

In compounds

wet check (n.)

(Aus.) a contraceptive sheath, a condom.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 126: In Lingo, condoms are [...] a wet check (presumably derived from the proprietary name ‘Wet Chex’), wet suit; raincoat.
wet deck (n.) [the accumulation of sexual fluids]

1. (Can./US) a woman or prostitute who performs serial sex acts.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]Maledicta IX 149: The compilers ought to have looked farther afield and found: [...] privateer (part-time pro, the Navy also supplying contrasting terms such as buttered buns or wet deck).
E. von Gotha Twenty [graphic novel] ‘Get me really hard and I’ll fuck you senseless. But to be honest I prefer a wet deck.’ ‘A wet deck. What on earth do you mean?’ ‘He means he wants you full of spunk before he has you. He’ll wait until you’ve had two or three before him.’.

2. ejaculation without penetration, e.g. after mutual male masturbation.

[US]San Diego Sailor 78: When I felt mine ready to blow, I had to break out of the clinch or it would have been wet decks again.
wet suit (n.)

(Aus.) a contraceptive sheath, a condom.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 126: In Lingo, condoms are [...] [a] wet suit; raincoat, and fantastic plastic.

In phrases

get it wet (v.) (also get one’s dick wet)

1. (also get wet) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 597: You may have a little trouble at first. Specially if you’re used to getting it wet every night. You’ll get over it though.
[US]UGK ‘976-Bun B’ [lyrics] I’m divin in that ass like a pool / But when I get wet BITCH, I won’t be drownin.
M.E. Dassad ‘Chickenhawk’ at [Internet] Did anyone else get it wet in your cunt?
[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 267: I got my dick wet inside her one two three times.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Time After Time’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 1 [TV script] They could put a big-ass sign in the front that says ‘Here's where Louie Carr first got his dick wet’.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 30: Just let me know when you wanna get it wet, your limp noodle. I’ll send a broad over.

2. to be fellated.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 195: Get your dick wet, Cool Breeze.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 52: Wanna get blowed? [...] I’m talkin’about getting yo’ fucking dick wet.
leave it wet for (v.)

(US black) to have sexual intercourse; the idea being with someone else’s partner.

[US] UGK [song title] I left It Wet For You.
[US]Ebonics Primer at [Internet] leave it wet for someone Definition: to fuck a bitch of her good pussy Example: When you come home from work don’t worry about yo wife cause I left it wet for ya.

General uses

In compounds

wet smack (n.) [fig. use of SE smack]

1. (US) a weakling, an ineffectual person; a disappointment.

J.W. Bellah Sketch book of a Cadet 142: ‘You — you kissed that wet smack just to — to—’ ‘Oh, no, not entirely. I rather liked kissing that “smack,” as you call him’.
[US]Hecht & Bodenheim Cutie 11: He was a wet smack from the take off.
[US]J.P. McEvoy Hollywood Girl 201: I told you that damned lovers of history gag was a wet smack.
[US]C. Odets Awake and Sing! I i: No wet smack.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 115: She considered you a wet smack and a total loss.
[US]A. Zugsmith Beat Generation 78: She turned her face so her wet smack Ex didn’t see the wink she gave Artie.
[US]Maledicta 1 (Summer) 17: If she is actually frigid, she’s a wet smack, an ice-cube with a hole in it.

2. a drinker.

[US]A. Hardin ‘Volstead English’ in AS VII:2 86: Terms applying to one who drinks intoxicating liquors: Wet smack.
wet work (n.) (also wet arts, wet job, wet one) [trans. KGB sl. Mokryye Dela, the department of wet affairs]

murder; assassination, esp. as carried out by secret services; also attrib.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 204: He’s criminally liable for the Spiegel assault, even if Willoughby did the wet work.
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 108: Maybe they’d done all the wet work inside?
[UK]T. Blacker Kill Your Darlings 196: A wet job.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 14: Chuck was Pete’s man. Wet arts/CIA.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 293: Assuming George doesn’t ask daddy to send some old hand from the CIA to make wet work out of her.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 34: Your basic wetworks-type covert shit [...] Assassinations of foreign dignitaries.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 262: It was still standard to get yourself a weapon and a wedge for your door asap, just in case anyone tried to get in [...] for a bit of wet work.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 187: If they wanna do a wet job on ya, they’ve only gotta plot up.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 346: If Miguel wanted me dead he’d send one of his Americans. They’d know how to do a wet one.

In phrases

all wet (adj.)

1. (orig. US) silly, foolish.

[US]A. Baer Two and Three 3 Feb. [synd. col.] If he is trying to square himself by squawking that Dempsey belgiumed him, he is all wet.
[US]Re-ly-on Bottler 3-6 307/1: ‘You’re all wet,’ says the youth of today when he wishes to convey the idea that in his mind, your opinion or action or attitude [...] is wrong.
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 129: An he said, Margie I’ve got a crush on you so bad, and she said, Come in outa the rain, you’re all wet.
[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 175: You’re all wet. Wake up, kid, you’re having a nightmare.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald ‘A Man in the Way’ in Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 36: All I need is [...] to work with somebody who isn’t all wet.
[US]J. Thompson ‘The Flaw in the System’ in Fireworks (1988) 140: We were all wet [...] all I can say is we were asking for it.

2. (orig. US black) useless, worthless, wrong.

[US]E.S. Gardner ‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 291: You’re all wet, Beaver.
[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 174: No, it was all wet, and no good thinking about.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad 3: All wet Disappointing, worthless.

3. (US Black) infatuated (with).

[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 21 Nov. 20/1: Edith Young and Arleen Crawford, please believe it, are all wet about Danny Miller.
get one’s nose wet (v.)

to have a drink.

[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 10: It is possible for a Cluster of our Best People to survive from 5 p.m. to Bedtime without getting the Nose wet.
get wet (v.) [the blood that, figuratively at least, gets on one’s hands; thus KGB, CIA, MI6 jargon get wet, to kill]

1. to murder, to kill.

[US]R. Price Clockers 66: Strike had been so overwhelmed by his decision to get wet.
[US]50 Cent ‘Wanksta’ [lyrics] Be easy, start some bullshit / You get your whole crew wet.

2. to be wounded, to be stabbed.

[UK]C. Newland Scholar 65: You don’ know how many brers got wet wiv dat knife, or what germs they had.

3. see also alcohol phrs. above.

4. see also SE phrs. below.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

wet bottom (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

wetboy (v.)

(UK black) a coward, a sentimentalist.

Urban Dict. [Internet] A wet boy (sometimes referred to as a pussy wet boy) is someone who is consecutively cowardly towards everything and everyone. He is afraid of letting loose and fears having a good time (especially with the ladies).
wet dream (n.)

see separate entry.

wet foot (n.)

a naïve, inexperienced, innocent person; also as adj.

[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 111: Any wetfoot hotdogs who like to put a shoe in the carburetor better stand by.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 207: Wet foot Naive and innocent person.
wet leg (n.) [? they are fig. urinating down their own leg]

a self-pitying person.

[UK]D.H. Lawrence Coll. Letters (1962) II 726: Being too much of a wet-leg, as they say in England, nakedly to enter into the battle.
[UK]D.H. Lawrence ‘Willy wet-legs’ Pansies 119: I can’t stand Willy wet-leg, can’t stand him at any price.
[UK] (ref. to 1930s) Times Literary Supplement 3 July 745/1: We know how much Auden hated wet-legs, how constantly he repeated his many litanies of his own good fortune .
wet man (n.)

(UK black/gang) an assassin, a killer.

1011 ‘With Intent’ [lyrics] Wet, wet, wet man down for the crew.
wet-nosed (adj.) (also wet-nose)

(US) innocent, naïve.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 106: It’s the sort of thing no wet-nosed fullback on last year’s varsity can tell you a damn thing about.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS 572/2: wet-nose adj. Young and inexperienced [...] In use before 1860; archaic.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 182: It’d be a damn shame t’come throught th’ war and get wasted by a wet-nosed para-somethin’ or other in boot camp.
wet rag (n.)

an emotional, sentimental person.

[UK]‘Henry Green’ Loving (1978) 73: ‘Raunce is a bit of a wet rag isn’t he?’ [...] ‘Wet blanket you mean.’.
[US]A. Kober Parm Me 83: If I suffer, then I’m too broken up here [...] to do anything else. I’m just like a wet rag.
wet smack (int.)

a failure, a second-rate individual.

[US]Judge (NY) 91 July-Dec. 31: Wet Smack - a dead one; a flat tire.
wet ’un (n.)

see separate entries.

wet arse and no fish (also wet feet and no fish, wet pants...)

(Aus./NZ) orig. angling use, a waste of time; the expenditure of fruitless effort.

Critic (Adelaide) 13 June 8/1: Punters will not forget the A.R.C. Birthday Meeting in a hurry, especially the two closing days. It was a case of ‘wet feet and no fish’.
Tumut Advocat (NSW) 10 Aug. 4/1: People who go on our river for rowing excursions over the rapids, and meet with misfortune, should not drag a line and spinnow after their boat. It’s a bad omen, which invariably means ‘wet pants and no fish.’.
A.D. Hope in McCulloch (ed.) Dance of the Nomad (2010) 162: [F]ishing for conceits is a greater pleasure to me than the sort carried on on riverbanks and shores. Of course both kinds of fishing sometimes end with ‘a wet arse and no fish’, as the enthusiasts of the sport put it .
R. Morgan Warragamba Dam [ebook] After telling my story Sid said, ‘Well mate, you got a wet arse and no fish, but don’t worry too much about it’.
nz.reg.wellington.general [Internet] I get the distinct feeling that the ice is getting a little thin here ... and I really DON’T want a wet arse and no fish.
get someone wet (v.) [the image of dunking them in water]

(N.Z.) to gain an advantage over someone.

[NZ]‘The Mixer’ Transport Workers’ Song Bk 29: He skites about in-fighting. Stick to him, Mick; you’ve got him wet [DNZE].
F. Sargeson When Wind Blows 40: Now we’ve got ’em wet [in a tennis game].
get wet (v.) [? one gets wet with sweat]

1. (Aus.) to lose one’s temper, to become angry.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Dec. Red Page, n.p.: To get narked is to lose your temper; also expressed by getting dead wet.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Play’ in Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: Quite natchril, Romeo gits wet as ’ell. / ‘It’s me or you!’ ’e ’owls, an’ wiv a yell, / Plunks Tyball through the gizzard wiv ’is sword.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 42: Romeo gits wet as ’ell.
[Aus]G.H. Lawson Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] WET, TO GET — Become annoyed.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 121: A man in a temper is said [...] to get off his bike; to get wet.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 53: They all laughed then. I got as wet as a beetle at first, and then I cooled down.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: get wet – to get angry.

2. (Aus./N.Z.) to gain the upper hand over, to have at one’s mercy.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Aug. 36/2: ‘You’ve got ’em all wet, Sis,’ he said, later. ‘My oath, you’re a bit of all-right, you are! I like you.’ / ‘Oh, dicken ter you!’ answered Phæbe, but not without a hint of coyness. / ‘Straight, s’help me!’ said the betrayer. ‘Look here, I’ll deal it out to anyone that lays a finger on you.’.

3. see also alcohol phrs. above.

4. see also general phrs. above.