SE in slang uses
the second most important person, the second-in-command.
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 28 Dec. 16/2: The average burlesque company carries three comedians who are always known as First, Second and Third Bananas.|
|N.Y. Times 24 May XII: Mr. Carnay has played second banana to many star comedy performers.|
|Cannibals 262: We got [...] a fine script, great leading man, good solid actor for second banana.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 37: He was told to drive his white Mercedes on a circuitous route that made no sense whatever to the Palm Springs police who were playing second banana to the feds.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 317: Second banana to hero chump Ed Exley.|
|Guardian Guide 6–12 Nov. 5: He played second banana to a truculent dog.|
(US black/teen) sexual exploration above the waist (cf. first base n. (1); third base under third adj.; home run n. (2)).
|Urban Dict. [Internet] Second Base One step up of First Base, heavy petting and feeling up while making out, up the shirt or shirtless for both partners. ‘I thought I went to Second Base with him on our first month anni, but it was actually third because I gave him a handjob as well’.|
|Turn of the Century 85: As he first cupped Jodie Eliason’s breast—the first time he got to second base with any girl—she whispered, unimaginably, ‘Pinch it, George.’.|
|Every Boy 134: He got to second base once on the golf course, up the cut-off sweatshirt of an eighth grader who kept her bra on.|
see first chop adj.
(gay) the hiding of one’s specific sexual preferences and practices, even if the basic fact of homosexuality can be admitted; also used of domestic violence within same-sex relationships.
|in E Law – Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law 3:4 Dec. [title] The Second Closet: Domestic Violence in Lesbian and Gay Relationships.|
|ref. in ‘Domestic Violence factsheet’ National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center [Internet] [footnote] Leaving a Second Closet: Outing Partner Violence in Same-Sex Couples.|
1. a worn-out prostitute.
|Argot in DAUS (1993).|
2. an ageing passive homosexual.
|Argot in DAUS (1993).|
(US) to follow a leader or someone first-rate, with the hope of advancement or promotion.
|(con. c.1915)Satchmo When I was ‘second lining’ – that is, following the brass bands in parades.|
|[||Anecdota Americana I 119: My mother made me promise never to let a fellow put his hand under my skirts. But if you’ll put your hand down my back, it’s the second hole you come to!].|
|posting at www.visordown.com 2 May [Internet] Second hole from the back of the neck ! or if you miss you hit the chocolate star fish.|
|posting at Toymods Car Club (Aus.) 26 Sept. [Internet] Hope ya have a good one when you go out tonight and pop ya cherry. Just remember that its the second hole from the back of the neck.|
(US) a break-in, spec. one that involves climbing above ground level; also attrib.
|Sandburrs 134: I never gets a tip of any big second-story woik d’ Face does.‘The Garrote’|
|Good of the Wicked 17: ‘Second-story’ Connors and ‘Flim-flam’ Myers, two gentlemen depending on their wits for support.|
|Types from City Streets 315: Done any second-story work lately?|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 31: He [...] got himself a room in a three-story house, on the second story. If he couldn’t do second-story work he could at least be on familiar ground. [Ibid.] 42: They said he could shinny up a porch post to jimmy a door for a second-storey ‘job’ better than Oliver Twist.‘Charlie the Wolf’|
|Stealing Through Life 76: Second-story work and active climbing about ledges was the scene that I held.|
|Scarface Ch. 4: He made it plain to Klondike [...] that he would not take a hand in second-story jobs.|
|Pulps (1970) 109/2: There had been no second story work.‘The Deadly Orchid’ in Goodstone|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 202: second story work An upstairs burglary.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 197: You want to learn the second-storey trade, Max?|
|USA Confidential 15: This does not mean every holdup, heisting or second-story job is acted and voted on by a select committee.|
(US) a thief who climbs into buildings above the ground floor.
|Professional Criminals of America [Internet] ‘Second-story’ thieves, after locating a house that they intend to rob in the early evening, watch until the tenants in a private residence are down stairs at dinner.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 251: People who all looked upon me as a second-storey worker trying to get the lay of the houses.|
|Shorty McCabe 50: We could see ’em sneakin’ around the walls, like a bunch of second-story men new to their job.|
|Enemy to Society 147: Say a ‘house man’ or a ‘sneak’ or a ‘second-story’ man or a ‘peteman’ — anything but ‘cracksman’.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I ix: The Weasel was a dangerous man, one of the slickest second-story workers in the country.|
|Smile A Minute 243: He says another publisher has sent a second-story man around to his hotel to try and steal the first verse.|
|Triple-X Mag. May [Internet] Stick-up men, gunmen, dope peddlers, second-story workers— [etc.].‘Lurking Shadows’|
|(con. 1904) Gangs of N.Y. 287: ‘Monk was a soft, easy-going fellow,’ said Kelly. ‘He had a gang of cowards behind him, second story men, yeggs, flat robbers and moll-buzzers.’.|
|Free To Love 199: We might send a second-story man out to burglarize women’s desks and bring in their diaries.|
|Und. and Prison Sl. 65: second-story man, second-story worker. A house burglar, often, one who works while the family is downstairs at dinner.|
|Pulps (1970) 104: You were snooping in my packages like a second story mug.‘The Deadly Orchid’ in Goodstone|
|Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1953) 40: Not a very good burglar, but just a run-of-the-mill second-storey worker.|
|letter 8 Dec. in Charters I (1995) 175: Vicki living with second-story man in Queens.|
|Men of the Und. 324: Second-story worker, A burglar who robs the second-story of a house, usually while the family is at dinner.|
|Hobohemia 80: We are radicals, pickpockets, second-story men and thinkers.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxix 4/4: second storey man: A cat burglar.|
|Snowblind (1978) 236: The creepers, and second-storey men who work the hotels.|
|Grass Arena (1990) 141: ‘A cat burglar.’ A second-storey man!|
|Bad Guys 26: I naively expected to dig up people who called themselves [...] second-story men.|
|Fever Kill 93: A good second-story man could get up on the roof, and the screens could easily be popped out of the window frames.|
|Alphaville (2011) 75: Shoplifters, second-story men, Dumpster divers.|