[1960s+] (US black, esp. Black Muslim) a white person.
SE in slang uses
As a clergyman or preacher
[late 18C] a parson.
[20C+] (US) a volunteer preacher, without proper qualifications but capable of earnestly quoting what he/she has read in the Bible; thus also adj. devil-chasing.
1. [late 18C+] a clergyman, a preacher; thus devil-dodging, n. ostentatious piety; adj. noisily pious.
2. [mid-19C] one who sometimes attends an Anglican church and sometimes a Quaker meeting.
[late 18C–early 19C] a parson.
[late 18C–19C] a clergyman.
[mid-19C] a clergyman.
[late 19C-1910s] (US) a clergyman.
In the context of gambling
[mid–late 19C] the four of clubs, considered to be unlucky.
the legal profession.
[early 17C–19C] the number 13.
[mid-19C] the four of clubs.
[early 18C+] a pack of playing cards.
[1920s] a pack of playing cards.
[1910s] a pack of playing cards.
[19C] a pack of playing cards.
see devil’s bones
In the context of alcohol
[late 19C+] whisky.
[mid-19C] (US) whisky.
see eyewater under eye n.
a strong alcoholic drink.
[late 19C] (Aus.) a variety of alcoholic drink.
[1980s] (W.I.) white rum.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) brandy.
In the context of drugs
[1980s+] (drugs) crack cocaine; methamphetamine.
[1980s+] (US black) a pipe for smoking crack cocaine.
see separate entry.
[1910s+] the US Marines.
[mid-19C] the contraction of the vaginal muscles around the penis during intercourse.
[20C+] (US) a violin.
[mid-late 19C] (UK prison) orig. used by customs to mark a seized vessel, then a synon. for the ‘broad arrow’ marking on convict clothes.
[mid-19C] black and yellow; also plain black (see cite 1899).
[early 19C+] a row, a fuss; thus kick up/play the devil’s delight, to have a rowdy argument or make a disturbance.
[late 19C] midnight; the small hours .
[17C–mid-19C] asafoetida (Ferula assa-foetida).
see separate entry.
see hell’s front porch under hell n.
[mid-17C–early 19C] a surveyor’s chain; note Shakespear Dict. Hindustani & Eng. (1820) shaitan ki ant, The devil’s guts, any thing very long and winding) .
1. a rough or unworkable piece of land.
2. the rough area of a town.
generic for lawyers as a profession.
see devil’s colours
[18C] the hangman’s noose; often ext. with ...on the way to Redriffe.
[1900s] (Aus.) a snake.
[19C] spring weather, esp. the alternating sun and showers of a ‘typical’ April.
1. [mid-18C–1930s] the tapping of one’s fingers or feet, often through boredom or irritation.
2. a violent assault.
[mid-19C] an argument, a row.
see hell beating tanbark under hell n.
see blue devil n.1
[mid-19C–1900s] (Aus.) a small unleavened loaf hastily baked in hot ashes.
see go like hell under hell n.
see under marry v.
[17C+] to have sexual intercourse.
see under sure as... phr.
see under arse n.
[early 19C+] (Irish) a mild excl.
see get to hell (out of...)! under hell n.