Green’s Dictionary of Slang

city n.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

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

[20C+] (US) a city person, as seen from a farmer’s point of view.

city college (n.) [ironic uses; college n.]

1. [late 18C–early 19C] Newgate prison.

2. [mid-19C–1940s] (US) the Tombs Prison, New York City.

3. [1930s] any prison.

city scales (n.)

[late 18C] the gallows.

city sherry (n.)

[late 19C] bitter beer.

city stage (n.) [the position of Newgate in the City of London; also the condemned villains’ ‘dance’ for their audience]

[18C–early 19C] the (Newgate) gallows.

city wire (n.) [use of wires in clothing and hair]

[17C] a fashionable lady.

In phrases

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

[1980s+] (Aus. drugs) the unpleasant sensation in one’s mouth following excessive smoking of cannabis.