(US Und.) to rob; to break into.
|Life In Sing Sing 262: We said that plant and trimmed it nice.|
SE in slang uses
(US black) a dismissive phr. suggesting that nothing you say is of the slightest importance.
|Third Ear n.p.: ain’t sayin(g) nothin(g) phrase referring to a matter or person of little merit, respect, or value.|
|Black Jargon in White America 87: you ain’t sayin’ nothin’ Your opinion is worthless; your words are of no substance or importance.|
(US black) gossip, chatter, loose talk.
|Gentleman of Leisure 114: If somebody did something with him sexually and told another girl, he’d make that girl come down and do the same thing. That’s punishment for ‘he-say, she-say’.|
|Drylongso 64: I know how to tell things, without any who-shot-John or he-said-she-said.|
|Crack War (1991) 89: ‘What you saying about me, saying I was a traitor, going for the money with Todd?’ [...] ‘That’s he-say, she-say talk,’ Sphinx replied.|
|A2Z 47/1: he-said-she-said – n. gossip, rumors.et al.|
a teasing phr. orig. used by women to men but latterly by either sex; it follows a compliment or ‘line’; thus fig. ext. to any person.
|Collier’s 94 12: ‘I’ll bet you say that to all the girls,’ I suggested, but Mr. Sutter ignored my pleasantry.|
|Amer. Mag. 134 91/2: To deflate a fast worker who thinks he’s the Army’s (or Navy’s) gift to women [...] ‘I’ll bet you say that to all the girls’.|
|Yank 4 41/2: I’ll bet you say that to all the boys. Don’t try any of that stuff on me.|
|Sex life of a Cop 15: ‘I bet you say that to all the girls,’ she kidded.|
|Boy: Would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses? Girl: Yes. Boy: I bet you say that to all the boys!‘You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth’ [lyrics] on Bat Out of Hell [album]|
|mother: A good son sees his poor old mother through her old age; he doesn’t leave her for a tummy ache! molina: You’re not old...You’re still beautiful. mother: I bet you say that to all the girls!‘You Could Never Shame Me’ [lyrics] on Kiss of the Spiderwoman [soundtrack album]|
|’I Bet You Say That to All the Hacks’ Baltimore City Paper Online Nov. 19–25 [Internet] I bet you say that to all the boys.|
(orig. US) absolutely, definitely, I couldn’t agree more.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 48: (IS: Listening and wondering as the fat dame introduces her new young husband to her relatives for the first time) She’s a dude at findin’ em — ain’t she? I’ll say she is.in Zwilling|
|Le Meschacébé (Lucy, LA) 10 Apr. 7/1: ‘Did you have any luck at the game last night? ‘I’ll say so’.|
|One Basket (1947) 142: ‘I’ll say!’ agreed Nick.‘The Afternoon of a Faun’ in|
|Hooch! 148: ‘How about a little drink, Dutch?’ [...] ‘I’ll say so!’ Slenk agreed.|
|Skegness Standard 8 Feb. 5/1: ‘And didn’t they tell themselves off when the time came?’ ‘I’ll say so!’ .|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 155: I’ll say, he said. I bet you have, I said.‘That Summer’ in|
|Candy (1970) 41: ‘Liv’s in one of her moods’ [...] ‘I’ll say!’.|
|(con. 1940s) Danger Tree 92: ‘Any questions?’ ‘I’ll say there are,’ Ridley whispered to Simon.|
|Powder 52: ‘There’s nothing usual about what I’m proposing ...’ ‘I’ll say.’.|
(US black) a phr. of agreement, affirmation.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] ‘I’m saying doe’ Definition: to concur or agree ie: I second that, short for word up. Example: Yo mike need to stop tripping, I’m saying doe.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: FOR REAL – expression of agreement: [...] Also I’M SAYIN’, TRUE DAT.|
1. to say something important and true.
|Scots Mag. 7 Dec. 60/2: It was the first time he had ever been heard to speak a mouthful of sense.|
|Irish Times 22 May 4/3: It was not his intention to speak a mouthful of moonshine.|
|Royal Cornwall Gaz. 14 Nov. 5/2: A witness [...] assured the Bench that no one could speak a ‘mouthful’ of harm against her.|
|Taking the Count 314: A feller told me once [...] that all the wise guys in the cities came in from the small towns. He sure said an armful then.‘Easy Picking’ in|
|Indoor Sports 10 Sept. [synd. cartoon] You said a page full. Turn over.|
|Old Man Curry 31: ‘You spoke an armful then!’ said the Kid. [Ibid.] ‘The Redemption Handicap’ 180: Ain’t it the truth! [...] You surely spoke a mouthful then!‘Levelling with Elisha’ in|
|Big Town 233: Some egg in the gallery hollered ‘You said a mouthful, kid!’.|
|Iron Man 19: ‘Coke’s got a chance.’ ‘You said a mouthful,’ said Regan.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 394: You said a mouthful, Marie.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 197: To use one of your phrases, you’ve said a mouthful.|
|Pop. 1280 in Four Novels (1983) 395: You shorely spoke a mouthful there, Nick.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 16: Now you have just said a mouthful, mah man.|
|Chicken (2003) 98: ‘You’re a very old soul . . .’ concludes Rainbow. You said a mouthful there, sister.|
2. to talk at length, esp. critically.
|Little Caesar (1932) 26: You said a mouthful.|
3. (gay) to reprove a fellow homosexual in detail and at great length.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 40: say a mouthful (v.): The reprimand of one homosexual for another, usually at great length, as in ‘To lay (one) to filth.’ The term, with a somewhat different meaning, is said to have come into the popular language from the homosexual.|
|(ref. to 1940s) Queens’ Vernacular 177: say a mouthful (rare, ’40s) to severely rebuke.|
see holler calf-rope under holler v.
see tell it like it is under tell v.
(US black) to talk trivially.
|Jazz: A Quarterly of Amer. Music Summer 201: He’d say, ‘he ain’t sayin’ nothin’’.|
(US) to make an important statement, to say something profound; lit. or fig.
|Smile A Minute 68: You said somethin’!|
|Gay-cat 24: ‘That your dog, Kid?’ he greeted. The kid halted [...] ‘You’ve said something, bo,’ he answered.|
|‘The Smythes’ [comic strip] You said somethin’, Pop.|
|Poor Man’s Orange 70: She’d better say something, that’s all. I’ll tell her a few things. She can talk.|
|Jazz for Moderns 21: saying something: producing something of value (‘That cat is saying something!’ This could pertain to a good musician, actor, driver, shoemaker, etc.).|
|Jazz Rev. Jan. 6: Basie is also an admirer of Martin Luther King: ‘Like the cats would put it, he’s saying something.’.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 34: sayin’ something – Very good; you dig it; pleasing.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
see cry uncle under uncle n.
(US) an expression of mock disbelief, e.g. what did you say? are you telling the truth?
|Old Man Curry 238: ‘Are you going to bet on him?’ ‘Says which?’ Shanghai showed a double row of glistening ivories.‘Egyptian Corn’ in|
|blackface dialogue in Tosches (2001) n.p.: ‘I suppose you read in today’s papers about the big robbery on Main Street, Emmett?’ ‘Says which?’.|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 13: ‘How long’s this coop been a dinge joint?’ ‘Says which?’.|
|Fields of Fire (1980) 263: ‘How many people do you know who rotated without getting hit?’ Cannonball scowled [...] ‘Say what?’.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 1: Banned in Dallas? Say what, boy?|
|Corner (1998) 163: Suddenly the man in the black robes is running wild, talking fifteen and no parole. Say what? Who changed the rules?|
|Sydney Morning Herald (Aus.) 6 Jan. n.p.: So here’s a tentative guide to Sydney teenspeak: [...] Say what? (repeat that, I don’t understand).|
a formula used when pouring someone else a drink, i.e. say when you want me to stop pouring.
|Modern Society 6 June n.p.: ‘Say when,’ said Bonko, taking up a flagon of whiskey and commencing to pour out the spirit into my glass. ‘Bob!’ replied I [F&H].|
|John Bull’s Other Island Act I: broadbent: [pouring whisky] Say when.|
|Dubliners (1956) 73: ‘Water? Say when.’ Little Chandler allowed his whisky to be very much diluted.‘A Little Cloud’|
|Carry on, Jeeves 115: Rocky took up the decanter. ‘Say when, Bertie.’ ‘Stop!’ barked the aunt.|
|Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2000) 149: Miss Pettigrew brought glasses. ‘Say when,’ said Michael.|
|Van (1998) 498: He showed her the vinegar bottle. – Say when, he said.|
(US) how are you?
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 275: How the old married man [...] what do ya say?|
|Duke 23: ‘What do you say, man!’ I say. ‘What’s doing?’.|
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 142: Grady, whaddya say?|
|,||DAS 573/2: What do you say? A conventional greeting that needs no reply [...] Common since c.1920.|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 154: What d’you say, Mitch?|
|Demon (1979) 69: Hi, whatta ya say?|
|Song of the Silent Snow (1988) 69: Whatta ya say Ron [...] what’s happening?|
(US black) a euph. for an obscenity.
|Drylongso 220: Nowadays blackfolks just ain’ happy ’less they got some bukra peepin’ in they what-I-might-say! [Ibid.] 168: She would rather sit on her do-nothing-stool and take all that what-I-might-say.|
1. (orig. US) what did you say? what was that? what do you think?; occas. as excl.
|Brother Jonathan I 357: ‘Was he hurt, uncle Harwood?’ ‘What-say?’.|
|DA].New England Nun 31: Well, what say! [|
|Timber Wolves 312: What say, Jack? Shall we go home right away?|
|Gay-cat 155: A thousand bucks wot we’ll split fiftyfifty. Wot say, Kid?|
|(con. 1918) Mattock 297: Le’s go ’er together. What say?|
|Look Homeward, Angel (1930) 485: ‘What say?’ she asked sharply.|
|Capricornia (1939) 78: I don’t give a damn what he said. Takim back. Here’s some baccy — now then — what say?|
|City of Spades (1964) 43: What say, man? You like a glass of rum?|
|Gonif 95: It’s a big, tough one. What say?|
2. used as a greeting.
|AS III:3 221: What say? v.phr.—A form of greeting.‘Kansas University Sl.’ in|
(orig. US) a phr. underlining the speaker’s agreement with the previous statement.
|‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 155/1: you ain’t woofing; you can say that again; you’re on the beam. Terms denoting satisfaction and agreement.|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 112: You can say that again, Father!|
|Waiters 258: ‘You can say that again,’ Rowden finally said.|
|Corner Boy 93: ‘They ain’t never seen nothing like Perk.’ ‘You can say that again.’.|
|Holy Smoke 36: You can say that again!|
|Best Man To Die (1981) 94: ‘Folks buy new stuff, they don’t want this reconditioned rubbish.’ ‘You can say that again,’ said Wexford.|
|Start in Life (1979) 120: ‘That was a close call,’ he said. [...] I laughed hysterically. ‘You can say that again.’.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 137: ‘Ya can say that again’ he invited glumly.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] You can say that again.‘The Yellow Peril’|
a heavily sarcastic response to a statement of the obvious.
|Speed the Plough II ii: handy, jun.: I rather fancy I can plough better than any man in England. sir abel: You don’t say so!|
|Poor Gentleman I i: No! You don’t say so?|
|An Uncle Too Many I i: No! you don’t say so!|
|City Looking Glass V i: You don’t say so! the doctor!|
|‘The Romance of a Day’ in Bentley’s Misc. June 573: Mercy on us! you don’t say so?|
|London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies (2001) Act II: courtly: (aside) Why, that’s is my governor, by Jupiter! dazzle: (aside) What, old whiskers! You don’t say that!|
|Handy Andy 296: You don’t say so!|
|Louisiana ‘Swamp Doctor’ (1850) 150: Exclamations of [...] ‘Lordy grashus!’ and ‘Well, did you ever!’ and ‘You don’t say so!’.|
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 66: You don’t say so, elder! well, I declare, I do feel relieved.|
|Semi-Detached House (1979) 36: You don’t say so!|
|Wild Boys of London I 208/1: Oh, Lor! ’ee don’t zay so.|
|Old Hunks in Darkey Drama 5 47: tommy: Dis is full of money! harry: You don’t say so?|
|Hoosier School-Master (1892) 160: ‘It was called Nazareth, which means ‘Bushtown’.’ ‘You don’t say?’.|
|Dick Temple I 242: ‘You don’t say so,’ whispered back Mr. Eggshells, with a sort of disgust.|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 83: ‘Sho! You don’t say so,’ says the grocery man.|
|Elder Conklin & Other Stories (1895) 115: ‘You don’t tell!’ she exclaimed.‘A Modern Idyll’ in|
|Liza of Lambeth (1966) 121: ‘You don’t say so,’ replied her affectionate mother.|
|No. 5 John Street 150: You don’t say so; why I’m going to a meeting at his mother’s house.|
|Boys Of The Empire 25 Dec. 188: You don’t say!|
|Maison De Shine 269: ‘All the gelmun’s as full as goats, Mis’ Trippit!’ [...] ‘You don’t say!’.|
|Abe and Mawruss 52: ‘You don’t say so!’ Morris cried.|
|Man with Two Left Feet 29: the chappie: (sceptically) You don’t say!‘Extricating Young Gussie’ in|
|Bulldog Drummond 73: ‘Are you aware that this man is a guest of mine, and sick?’ ‘You don’t say,’ remarked the leader.|
|Brooklyn Murders (1933) 46: ‘I should like to know approximately what Sir Vernon is worth.’ ‘Not far short of a million.’ ‘You don’t say so.’.|
|Haxby’s Circus 41: ‘You don’t say,’ Dan pattered.|
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 94: ‘They should have called you Lousy, it would have matched up better.’ ‘You don’t say,’ I tell her.|
|We Were the Rats 7: The second girl said ‘Aw gee. You don’t say?’ and the first girl said ‘Spit me death.’.|
|Big Smoke 150: Well, you don’t say.|
|Yarns of Billy Borker 63: Pumpkins don’t grow under the ground. I know that, but this one was so heavy it sunk into the ground till you couldn’t see it. You don’t say.|
|Family Arsenal 120: ‘You don’t say,’ said Mr Gawber.|
|Déjàvu Act I: You don’t say.|
see under name n.
a general excl. of contempt and disbelief, dismissing as beneath argument the previous speaker’s words.
|Bleak House (1991) 52: That warn’t Chancery practice though, says you.|
|Broadway II. 108: Steve’s a fine fellow and he’s just out for some innocent fun — Says you — Says I.|
|Have His Carcase 412: ‘When Lord Peter gets these fits of quotation he’s usually on to something.’ ‘Sez you,’ retorted Wimsey.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 76: Only a feudal sense of what is fitting restrains you from substituting for it the words, ‘Says you!’.|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 15: ‘Easy now [...] This isn’t the time to pull the artillery.’ ‘Says you,’ the barman sneered.|
|Diss Exp. 22 Oct. 4/1: Says You! ‘We have to drop all this confounded nonsense [etc.]’.|
|Skyvers I i: cragge: ’E ain’t much good at anything. helen: Sez you!|
|(con. 1930s) Muvver Tongue 35: In the early thirties all the herberts went about saying ‘Oh, yeah’, ‘sez you’ and ‘scram’.|
see word up! excl.