Green’s Dictionary of Slang

city n.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

city bug (n.) [bug n.1 (1)]

(US) a city person, as seen from a farmer’s point of view.

[US]T.J. Farr ‘Folk Speech of Middle Tennessee’ in AS XI:3 275: City bug. A person who lives in the city.
Cassidy WI Atlas n.p.: City bug —one from the city, as seen by farmers [DARE].
[US] in DARE.
city college (n.) [ironic uses; college n.]

1. Newgate prison.

J.W. von Archenholz Annalen der Brittischen Geschichte des Jahrs 1788 I 388: Newgate war darin mit dem diebischen kunst: namen City College bezeichnet.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]E. de la Bédollière Londres et les Anglais 313/2: city college, C’est la prison de Newgate.

2. (US) the Tombs Prison, New York City.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl. 27: city college. A city jail, lockup.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

3. any prison.

[Aus]Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 17: City College, the jail.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 22/1: City college, city jail.
city scales (n.)

the gallows.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Aug. XII 280/1: Come, as some folks call it, to the gallows; / [...] / To weigh their weight upon the city scales.
city sherry (n.)

bitter beer.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 78/1: City sherry (Peoples’, E. London, 1880). Four ale, which in colour may be said to resemble the worst description of sherry or the highest quality of rectified varnish. The East London people have a modified mistrust of those living amongst them, who get their living in the city, especially of the great body of exclusive clerks, whose general poverty they satirise in many ways, of which this is one.
city stage (n.) [the position of Newgate in the City of London; also the condemned villains’ ‘dance’ for their audience]

the (Newgate) gallows.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
city wire (n.) [use of wires in clothing and hair]

a fashionable lady.

[UK]Jonson Silent Woman Prologue: Some for Lords, Knights, Squires, Some for your waiting-wench, and Citie-wires.

In phrases

city clag blues (n.) [proprietary name, Clag glue]

(Aus. drugs) the unpleasant sensation in one’s mouth following excessive smoking of cannabis.

[US]Da Smokehouse Marijuana Gloss. 🌐 city clag blues [au]- when your mouth feels like the inside of a clag glue bottle after smoking.