Green’s Dictionary of Slang

piss v.

[? echoic]

1. [mid-18C+] to urinate .

2. [late 17C] to issue vaginal secretions.

3. [1920s+] to rain heavily; usu. as piss down.

4. [1930s+] in ext. use, to exude liquid, other than urine; also in fig. use.

5. [1940s+] (orig. US) to complain, to whinge.

6. [1960s+] in fig. use, to deride, to attack, to disdain.

7. to drink (alcohol).

8. see piss-test v. (1)

In derivatives

pissed (adj.)

[mid-17C] urine-soaked.

In compounds

piss-making (adj.) [it makes one want to piss]

[1990s+] (US black) infuriating.

piss-quick (n.) [its resemblance to urine or ? its micturative effect]

[early 19C] gin mixed with marmalade topped up with boiling water.

In phrases

good as ever pissed

[mid-17C–18C] of a person, as good as there has ever been.

he looks like he wouldn’t piss if his pants were on fire

[20C+] a phr. used of an especially dull, stupid-looking person.

I’ll be pissed

[1970s] a phr. implying impossibility.

make someone piss (v.)

1. [late 17C] to annoy, to infuriate, to disgust.

2. [1980s] (Aus.) to beat up, to defeat.

piss about (v.)

see separate entry.

piss and moan (v.)

[1950s+] (orig. US) to complain, to whinge.

piss away (v.) [fig. use of sense 2 above]

[20C+] to waste.

piss-ball about (v.)

see separate entry.

piss blood (v.)

1. [late 19C+] to work extremely hard.

2. [1960s+] to worry excessively, to make a great fuss.

3. [1960s+] to suffer a great deal.

piss bones (v.) (also piss children, ...hard)

[late 19C–1900s] to go into labour, to give birth.

piss broken glass (v.) (also piss razor blades) [the pain experienced when urinating during a bout of VD]

[1960s+] to have venereal disease, esp. gonorrhoea.

piss down someone’s back (v.) (also piss up someone’s back)

[late 18C–early 19C] to flatter someone.

piss in (v.)

see separate entry.

piss in a quill (v.) [the narrowness of a quill and the need to bend the flow of urine to achieve the feat]

[late 17C–mid-18C; 1950s] to agree on a plan.

piss (in) one’s pants (v.)

see separate entry.

piss in someone’s ear and tell them it’s raining (v.) (also piss all over someone and...)

[1990s+] to deceive.

piss in someone’s pocket (v.) (also piss in the same pot, pee...)

1. [1960s+] (Aus.) to curry favour, to be extremely close to someone, to ingratiate oneself.

2. to deceive, to tell lies; in phr, piss in your pocket and tell you it was raining, to deceive by flattery or ingratiation.

piss in(to) the wind (v.) [the futility thereof]

[1950s+] to waste one’s efforts or time.

piss it (v.) [fig. use of sense 2 above]

[1970s+] to succeed with no difficulty whatsoever, to win very easily.

piss it up the wall (v.) (also piss it against the wall, ...on the wall, ...out of the window, piss money...) [the cost of a drink lost through urinating afterwards]

[late 15C+] to waste money, usu. on drink.

piss off

see separate entries.

piss on (v.)

see separate entry.

piss oneself (v.)

see separate entry.

piss one’s tallow (v.) [SE piss one’s grease/tallow, said of a deer becoming lean in rutting-time]

[late 16C–17C] of a man, to be sufficiently sexually excited as to ejaculate (without actual intercourse).

piss on ice (v.)

[1920s] (US) to live well, esp. to visit an upmarket restaurant (where blocks of ice are placed in the urinals).

piss on someone’s parade (v.)

see under piss on v.

piss or get off the pot

[1940s+] (orig. US) either make a decision or let someone else do it.

piss out of a dozen holes (v.) [i.e. the rotting of one’s penis]

[late 19C+] of a man, to be infected with syphilis.

piss pins and needles (v.) [pain during urination can be one of the symptoms of venereal disease]

[late 18C–early 19C] to have venereal disease, esp. gonorrhoea.

piss through (v.) [fig. use of sense 2 above]

[1910s+] to do something with no difficulty.

piss up

see separate entries.

piss up a rope (v.)

[1980s] (US) to be engaged in a futile exercise.

piss up a storm (v.)

[20C+] (US) to complain strongly, to make a major fuss.

piss up someone’s leg (v.)

[1990s+] (US) to lie, to deceive.

piss when one cannot whistle (v.) [the loss of bladder control that results from being hanged]

[late 18C–early 19C] to be hanged.

wouldn’t piss on someone if they were on fire

[1960s+] a phr. implying the speaker’s absolute contempt or loathing for the person thus decried.

In exclamations

go (and) piss up a rope! (also go piss up a flagpole! ...pipe! ...shutter! one’s kilt! ...your leg!)

1. [1930s+] (orig. US) a general excl. of dismissal.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

piss around a pretzel!

[1970s] (US) a dismissive excl.