Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blind adj.1

also blinded
[fig. unable to see; senses 1 and 3 through intoxication]

1. extremely drunk.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘A Brood of Cormorants’ in Works (1869) III 5: For though he be as drunke as any Rat, / He hath but catcht a Foxe, or whipt the Cat. / Or some say hee’s bewitcht, or scratcht, or blinde, / (Which are the fittest termes that I can finde).
[UK]‘Mary Tattle-well’ Womens sharpe revenge 175: The first Health is call’d a Whiffe, the second a Slash, the third a Hunch, the fourth Thrust, the fift is call’d Pot-shaken, the sixth is seeing the Lions, the seventh he is scratch’d, the eighth, his Nose is dirty, the ninth he hath whipt the Catt, the tenth, he is fox’d, the eleventh, he is Bewitch’d, the twelfth, he is Blinde, and the thirteenth, and last, he is drunke.
[UK]J. Bell Jr. (ed.) Rhymes of Northern Bards 90: Aw sat an’ aw drank till quite blind.
[UK]R. Nares Gloss. (1888) I 85: blind. A cant term for being tipsy. It is used with others in the Workes of Taylor the Water-Poet.
[Aus]Mercury (Hobart) 23 Apr. 2/5: [from the Stranraer Free Press] [...] far gane [sic], mortal blin’, helpless.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Oct. 14/1: Cronquest tumbled into a blind creek at the end of the township. It is called a ‘blind’ creek. The people are too kind to say the creek was intoxicated.
[US]R.C. Hartranft Journal of Solomon Sidesplitter 159: The patient who was ‘blind (drunk),’ was deprived of his whiskey.
[UK]Sporting Times 10 Apr. 3/4: They had such a jolly day [...] and how blind everyone got!
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 1 Jan. 3/2: To do him justice, he was about as blind as they make ’em. He had reached that state in which the only way to keep yourself awake is to shout for fresh drinks.
[UK]Illus. Police News 13 Aug. 11/4: The Coroner: And you can’t remember more than that? Witness: No; when I gets blind I rarely rermembers anything for a couple of days.
[UK]Sporting Times 4 Mar. 7/5: Dash my rags! I must ha’ been blind yesterday! I’ve paid my blooming tailor!
[UK]‘Bartimeus’ ‘Captain’s Defaulters’ in Naval Occasions 10: ‘Wasn’t ’arf blind, neither,’ implying that when last ashore he had looked upon the cup when it was very ruddy indeed.
[Can]R. Service ‘Julot the Apache’ in Ballads of a Bohemian (1978) 427: You got so blind, last night, mon vieux.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Bricks’ in ‘Hello, Soldier!’ 32: You couldn’t ’ope to miss it, pickled, paralysed, ’n’ blind.
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 136: ‘If we on’y had some rum I’d make yer blind. Do yer an ’elluva lot of good’.
[US]D. Parker ‘From the Diary of a New York Lady’ in Parker (1943) 138: Everybody simply blind.
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 170: No chance of finding any of that Eyetie cognac we used to get blind on?
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 540: He wished he had more whisky. He would get stinking, rotten, blind.
[US]Mad mag. Dec. 25: McSweeney, already half-blind, decided he knew more about ‘Old Rotgut,’ a cheap bourbon, than any mug in the house.
[US]K. Brasselle Cannibals 254: Break out a bottle. We’re going to get blind [...] goddam blind!
[US]Cab Calloway Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 126: I was so blind from Ed Merrick’s corn whiskey.
[UK]A. Burgess Earthly Powers 29: Not [...] knocking it back? Not getting stoned or blind or anything?
[Aus]J. Byrell (con. 1959) Up the Cross 102: He got very blind one night and bawled on Klaus the Kraut’s left shoulder.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 127–8: A state of intoxication, a.k.a. blind, bombed, cockeyed, crocked, loaded, looped, pickled, plastered, polluted, potted, smashed, stewed, stiff, stinking, stoned, wiped out, zonked.
[US]K. Anderson Night Dogs 242: [W]inos lurching down the sidewalk [...] half-blind on Thunderbird or Night Train.
[US]Simon & Alvarez ‘Homecoming’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 6 [TV script] Old Bruiser, he be blind behind that fortified half the time. Shit, you got to dry him out just to get him on the stand.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 9: 03:04.40 Residents’ Bor, Berkeley Court, Pretty Much Blind.

2. (gay) uncircumcised [the foreskin renders the penis unable to ‘see’].

implied in blind meat
[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.

3. (orig. US Und.) intoxicated from drug use.

[US]Hal Ellson Golden Spike glossary: Blind: feeling extremely high.
‘Ed McBain’ Cop Hater 64: ‘If Ordiz is a junkie, wha’'s he doing on Whore Street?’ ‘He’s blind in some broad’s pad’.
[US]L. Block Diet of Treacle (2008) 16: Stoned, smashed, blind, turned on and flying so high.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 1: blind – inebriated or stoned or both.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 1: blinded – high from marijuana, drunk.

In derivatives

blindness (n.)


[UK]Sporting Times 15 Nov. 3/1: Peter has contrived to cram three days blindness into every twenty-four hours.

In compounds

blind alehouse (n.) (also blind hostelry, ho...tavern) [? the lack of a sign outside the building]

1. (UK Und.) an inn or tavern whose customers are mainly villains.

[UK]Copland Hye Way to Spytell Hous lines 267-8: Than to theyr lodgynge they do take theyr way / In to some aley lane or blynde hostry.
Walker Manifest Detection D5r: That whiles the strete & company gather to the fray [...] the barnard steales away withall the stuffe, & pickes him to one blinde tauerne or other [...] & ther abidith the comming of his companions to make an equall porcion of the gain.
Lyly Galatea I iv: All. What shall we do, being tossed to shore? Robinn. Milk some blind tavern, and there roar.
Greene Notable Discovery n.p.: The Barnard steales away with all the coine, and gets him to one blinde Tauerne or other, where these Cooseners had appointed to meete.
[UK]Dekker Belman of London n.p.: They seeke out some blinde victualing house, or Cookes house, without the barres, whose Host (if it be possible) is either an asse easie to be ridden, or else a common drunkard.
‘ Allegations of Rachel Humbletoft’ in Vice-Chancellor’s Court Records n.p.: Your father keepes a base blind alehouse and you shalbe hung up for signes to it: you stand at the doare to troule in guests and schollers and you gripe them and make them so thredde bare that one may see a lowse on their apparrell and gownes a mile of.
[UK]‘John Jarret’ in Pepys Ballads I 170: When you in your shop should be plying your worke, / In some scurvy blinde Alehouse you all day doe lurke.
Londons Ordinary: or, Every man in his humour [ballad] The Cheater will dine at the Chequer, / the Pick-pocket at a blind Ale-house, / Till taken and tride up Holbourn they ride, / and make their end at the gallows.
[UK]Bunyan Life & Death of Mr Badman in Works (1767) 749/2: About a bow shot from where I once dwelt, there was a blind alehouse, and the man that kept it had a son whose name was Edward.
C. Oudin Extravagant Poet 2: It was my Fortuine, to light into a little blind Tavern.
‘Great News from Southwark: or, the Old Woman's Legacy to her Cat’ in 10 Aug. (2014) 🌐 Giving An Account of an Old Miserable Woman, who lately kept a blind ale-house, in St. Tooley-Streat, near the Burrough of Southwark [etc].
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hedge-Tavern or Ale-house, a Jilting, Sharping Tavern, or Blind Alehouse [Ibid] A Blind Ale-house, or Blind Lane, obscure, of no Sign, Token, or Mark.
[UK]Swift Journal to Stella VII Oct. (1814) 61: After dinner we went to a blind tavern, where Congreve, Sir Richard Temple, Eastcourt, and Charles Main were over a bowl of bad punch.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: A BLIND ALE-HOUSE, an Alehouse fit to conceal a pursu’d or hunted Villain; a Place of no Mark, Token or Sign.
Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals n.p.: Finding it however impossible to get him along, I was even glad to take up at a little blind alehouse which I perceived had a yard and a stable behind it.
Bailey Universal Etymological Eng. Dict. n.p.: A BLIND ALEHOUSE, one fit to conceal a pursued or hunted Villain.

2. (UK Und.) a tavern that permits whores to work on its premises; a house of assignation.

S. Gosson Schoole of Abuse n.p.: Every vauter in one blind tavern or other is tenant at will [...] There she is so entreated with words and received with courtesy that every back room in the house is at her commandment.
[UK]Pepys Diary Nov. 15 (1894) 270: I to the ’Change, and thence Bagwell’s wife with much ado followed me through Moorfields to a blind alehouse, and there I did caress her and eat and drink.
[UK]Pepys Diary Apr. 15 (1893) 2285: I led her into a little blind alehouse within the walls, and there she and I alone fell to talk and baiser la and toker su mammailles.

In phrases

blind as Chloe (adj.) [mainly Aus. use from late 19C]

very drunk.

[UK]‘Song’ in New Vocal Enchantress 33: Tipsy, dizzy, muzzy, sucky, groggy, muddled, / Bosky, blind as Chloe, mops and brooms and fuddled.
[UK]C.L. Lewes Comic Sketches 27: Rocky — Groggy — Blind as Chloe — Mops and Brooms, — and many other appellations too tedious to mention.
J.A. Ferguson Model Marriage 115: ‘You would be trying to get as blind as Chloe too, if you have suffered the indignity that I have.’ [...] He held up his glass and laughed.
enough to make a blind man blink (phr.)

(US) lit. or fig, extremely bright or colourful; extremely intense, overpowering.

[US]Aerial Age Wkly 2 82: [T]he titles of the officers are truly flashy and gaudy enough to make a blind man blink . They are ‘president-general; deputy-president-general ’ [etc].
[US]W.D. Myers Motown and Didi 136: [H]e would shoot them back a glance that would curdle water, that would make a blind man blink, that would stop babies from growing.
[US]P. Morabito Plane Hell 1: The focus in his eyes is enough to make a blind man blink.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

blind boy (n.) (also blind fellow, boy)

the penis.

[UK] Rochester ‘A Dream’ n.p.: I look’d and saw the blind boy’s happy Cloyster/ Arch’d on both sides, lay gaping like an Oyster.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 80: As small but easily stretched passage, whose depth none but the blind boy has liberty to fathom.
[[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 46: I’ll expose every part / Of my brown apple cart, / Ad stifle , quite stifle, the boy in its charms .
[UK]Banquet of Wit 101: Sentiments and Toasts [...] The blind fellow who enters into perilous engagements and is best pleased when he gets his head broke.
blind buzzard (n.)

a partially sighted person.

J. Granger Supp. to Biog. Hist. Eng. II 408: Jack Adams, professor of the celestial sciences at Clerk- enwell-Green, was a blind buzzard who pretended to have the eyes of an eagle.
(ref. to 1653)Owen & Johnston (eds) New & General Biog. Dict. 42: In 1653 [...] Our author, in his annotations upon Jeremiah, taking notice of this profaneness, had used the astrologer a little roughly, calling him blind buzzard, &c.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Morn. Post (London) 11 Mar. 3/4: To serve you all most readily inclined, / Yet not against myself, as Buzzard blind.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 6 Sept. 2/1: A blind buzzard is reverenced as saint, and quick sighted man shunned like a sharper.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Ire]Dublin Obs. 27 Sept. 4/5: Is there anyone but the blind buzzard that does not see that it is to the increase of taxes aone that these evils are to be attributed.
[UK]London Dly News 16 Jan. 2/2: he is represented to the jury as [...] a blind buzzard who cannot see when it is hopeless.
[[UK]Stonehaven Jrnl 3 May n.p.‘P.Q.’ is blind as a buzzard when reason is concerned]: .
[Ire]Cork Examiner 14 Oct. 3/6: You blind buzzard, don’t you see you are skedaddling [i.e. spilling] all that milk.
blind cheeks (n.) [the shape of the ‘nether cheeks’]

the posteriors; thus buss blind cheeks, kiss my arse.

[UK]Dekker & Webster Northward Hoe II i: Ile make him know how to kisse your blind cheekes sooner.
[UK]Fletcher & Rowley Maid in the Mill II ii: Shut in those golden eyne, And I will kisse those sweet blind cheeks of thine.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 29: I had as live thou kisst me where I sat [...] for to thee the the cheekes with eies and the blind cheekes are all one.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 31 Jan. 3: He is to have five shillings for his paines and to have a danderly Buss from the blinde cheeks of the Py-womans Daughter.
[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 77: Than blind Cheeks blinder, / She threw all Care and Shame behind her.
J. Wade Vinegar & Mustard Br: He was thrust up his Aul into her blind cheeks.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Blind-cheeks, the Breech. Kiss my Blind-cheeks, Kiss my Ar--.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Blind cheeks. The breech. Buss blind cheeks; kiss mine a-se.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[[UK]Peeping Tom (London) 14 54/2: Is shock’d to find Miss Bunn, when on the grass, / Was so alarm’d at seeing of my ass / [...] / The harmless creature is entirely blind / And makes no noise].
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 265: visage, m. The backside; ‘the blind cheeks’.
blind date (n.)

see separate entry.

blind dragon (n.) [SE dragon, a fierce old woman; she casts a ‘blind eye’ on her charge’s frolics]

(UK society) a chaperon(e).

[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang.
blind eye (n.)

see separate entry.

blind fair (n.)

(UK Und.) a country fair, unattached to a specific town, that permits illegal activities, e.g. horse-coping.

[UK]Greene Second Part of Conny-Catching n.p.: Now if the Priggars steale a horse in Yorkeshire, commonly they haue vent for him in Surrey, Kent, or Sussex, and their Martars that receiue them at his hand, chops them away in some blind Faires after they haue kept them a moneth or two, till the hue and crie be ceast and past ouer.
[UK]Dekker O per se O n.p.: But (alas!) the horses are at pasture fourescore or a hundred miles from their olde mangers: they were sould at some blinde drunken théeuish faire [Ibid.] At the end of fierce battailes, the onely Rendeuouz for lame souldiers to retire vnto, is an Hospitall: and at the end of a long Progresse, the onely ground for a tyred Iade to runne in, is some blind country faire, where hée may be sure to be sold.
blind Freddie (n.)

see separate entry.

blind hash (n.)

a form of stew without meat, effecticely a thick vegetable soup.

[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 148: he was given a plate of blind hash and a mug of sweet tea.
blind harper (n.)

a beggar who fakes blindness, distracting attention from the disguise by playing a harp or fiddle.

[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 12: Quoth he, Blind Harpers, have among ye, / ’Tis ten to one but I bedung ye.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 202: Blind Harper, beggars counterfeiting blindness, with harps or fiddles.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: blind harpers Canters who counterfeit Blindness, stroll about with Harps, Fiddles, Bagpipes, &c. led by a Dog or Boy.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Flash Dict.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 6: Blind harpers – itinerant vagabonds with harps.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.
blind hookey (n.) [proper name Blind Hookey, a card-game in which five cards are dealt face down. The dealer takes the centre card and, if that is the highest, wins all the bets; if it is the lowest, the dealer pays all four]

madness, foolishness, a leap in the dark; also as adj.

[[UK]‘A Flat Enlightened’ Life in the West I 130: [headline] A Land at Blind Hookey].
[UK]London Dly News 18 Mar. 4/5: In a like way, the police magistrate [...] desires the accused blood-shedder not to ‘show his cards.’ After this most guarded fashion does English justice play at blind hokey!
[Ire]Dublin Eve. Mail 24 Dec. 2/2: ‘The game of Blind Hookey’ — it cannot be called anything else — still continues. The signs of the game [...] are most amusing [...] and the writhing of the radical press as the bait ways backwards and forward, are ludicrous.
Leicester Dly Mercury 13 Oct. 2/5: What the proposers of Purchase want to do, is to plunge into an enterprise, involving unprecedented outlay [...] and without knowing what prospect of profit there may be upon it — in short, Mr Alderman Winterton wishes to play the game of ‘blind hookey’.
[UK]P.H. Emerson Signor Lippo 67: When I left you on the course to go on a blind hooky job for the boss.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
blind mullet (n.)

see separate entry.

blind pig/pigger (n.)

see separate entries.

blind robin (n.) [the red herring and the robin’s red breast]

(US) a smoked herring.

[US]Red Cloud Chief (Webster Co., NE) 10 July 1/4: I want [...] beef steak and onions with a blind robin thrown in as a relish.
[US]Stark Co. Democrat (Canton, OH) 5 Jan. 6/3: Dr Morris received [...] a pretzel and a blind robin.
[US]Forest Republican (Tionesta, PA) 7 Apr. 4/3: They both returned with a dried herring on a string. Any man that can catch a ‘blind robin’ in the Allegheny river is a good fisherman.
[US]Ade Forty Modern Fables 222: [He] seeped up frequent High Balls, accompanied by a little Snack of Oyster Crackers, the embalmed Herring known as the Blind Robin.
[US]South Bend News-Times (IN) 17 Nov. 2/3: ‘Blind robin? What’s that, Cap?’ [...] ‘It’s a dried fish — dried herrin’, I guess they call them’.
Ward Co. Indep. (Minot, ND) 21 Feb. 4/1: Blind robin on days that are meatless.
[US]Ade Old-Time Saloon 48: Referring, of course, to your old playmate known as the Dried Herring, alias the Black-Eyed Susan, alias the Blind Robin.
blindside (v.)

see separate entry.

blind tiger (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

Blind Billy’s bargain (n.)

see separate entry.

blind cobbler’s thumb (n.)

see separate entry.

blind man’s holiday (n.) [once night falls there is nothing – in a pre-street-light world – for a blind man to see]

1. night-time.

[UK]Nashe Praise of the Red Herring 42: And what will not blinde Cupid doe in the night which is his blindmans holiday?
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Blind-man’s-holiday, when it is too dark to see to Work.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: blind man’s holyday, when it is Night.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
Aunt Judy’s Mag. Oct. 358: At meal times, or in blindman’s holiday, when no work was to be done [F&H].
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]A. Morrison Hole in the Wall (1947) 187: The dark was closing on him fast. ‘Blind man’s holiday,’ muttered Dan Ogle.
[UK]Gloucester Citizen 3 Aug. 6/5: After tea [...] swinging and games were resumed until ‘blindman’s holiday’ drew near.
[[UK]Taunton Courier 9 dec. 5/3: [He] said driving conditions in Bristol-road at night was [sic] like a blind man’s holiday].

2. nightfall, the dusk.

[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 93: lady ans.: O, Madam, no Candles yet, I beseech you; don’t let us burn Day-Light. [...] lady sm.: Indeed, Madam, it is blind Man’s Holiday; we shall soon be all of a Colour.

In exclamations