1. (US) beer.
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 75: Brandy and soda being fifty a throw and beer five a copy, we told her to behave, and ordered the waiter to back her up a tub of suds, Texas size.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 39: I got three corned beef sandwiches an’ a kittle of suds.|
|Zone Policeman 88 47: Shiny-haired bartenders gave up their biographies in nasal monosyllables amid the slop of ‘suds’ and the scrape of celluloid froth-eradicators.|
|Gay-cat 213: We was havin’ the second schooner o’ suds.|
|Mt Sterling Advocate (KY) 24 Oct. 6/6: If old Pil has the coin to fill the proletariat with enough of the sudski to get them seeing things his way he will beat Paderewski by a moonlight sonata.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Slanguage [...] Arithy. [...] A bloke pads the ’oof ’tween Melbin and Sydney and dips ’is lid [to] every third tabbie ’e dekkos, ’ow far would he be from, Bourke before he does ’is block? Answer to nearest ’arf tin o’ suds .|
|Old-Time Saloon 43: You would naturally believe that about a gallon of beer in combination with apple, huckleberry or cocoa-nut pie might form a dangerous explosive. Nevertheless, many of the boys liked pastry with their suds.|
|Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 15 Aug. 3/2: He dipped his spacious nose into a glass of suds.|
|USA Confidential 193: The biggest brewer in the state is Howard Hughes, whose income from suds is perhaps even larger than his return from the fabulous Hughes Tool Company.|
|Gun in My Hand 91: All those busy mouths slopping back the suds.|
|[||(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 16: [He’d] wipe the beer-suds off his big black moustache].|
|Pimp 86: I sat sipping on a bottle of suds.|
|Grease 35: The T-Birds would bring the sixes-of-suds along.|
|Muscle for the Wing 99: Shade [...] sucked down some suds.|
|Finnegan’s Week 156: I was kinda lying about the beer [...] Actually their suds is the kinda stuff they use in Germany to kill potato bugs with.|
|Stalker (2001) 37: Cindy took another sip of suds, then licked the foam off her lips.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] I dropped the empty bottle into my aluminum wastebasket and the unfinished suds spewed out.|
2. drink in general.
|Down the Line 103: When the suds rolled up I gave the Vichy stuff the sad eye and Lionel caught the gaze.|
|Get Next 89: Cornelius Sudslifter, the well known inventor of the patent chowless chow chow.|
|You Should Worry cap. 1: ‘A quart of Happysuds,’ Bunch ordered.|
|AS II:3 146: Doughnuts and coffee, ‘sinkers and suds’.‘The Current Expansion of Sl.’ in|
|AS XI:1 45: SINKERS AND SUDS. Doughnuts and coffee.‘Linguistic Concoctions of the Soda Jerker’ in|
|Inter Ocean (Chicago) 25 Jan. 34/7: I couldn’t see anything but the French suds, and I dropped into John L’s [where] I met a bundle of booze grafters [...] and executed the Rube stunt of purchasing a few quarts for them.|
(Aus.) a regular drinker.
|Aussie Swearers Guide 25: Suds Artist. A beer-fancier with a hard-working elbow.|
|We Are the Public Enemies 126: The beer was a product of a local suds factory.|
a barman; a waiter.
|Side-stepping with Shorty 33: I felt sorry for them suds slingers that travels around the deck singin’ out, ‘Who wants the waiter?’.|
|Buffalo Courier (NY) 16 Feb. 47/4: He got the two ‘ex-suds slingers’ to purchase things.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 50: suds slinger, suds jerker – a bartender.|
(Aus.) a hotel, i.e. a public house.
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] SUDS SHOP—Hotel.|
(orig. US black) to open and drink a can of beer.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 2: crack some suds – to open a can of beer.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 38: Crack some suds Drink beer.|
1. in trouble, in a disagreeable situation [SE suds, filth, muck].
|Bartholomew Fair IV iv: Why, where are you, zurs? Do you vlinch, and leave us i’ the zuds, now?|
|Good Newes and Bad Newes 12: Now land is sold and money gone in goods, / He cals out, Andrew, I am in the suddes.|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 97: For nought more vexes Womens Bloods, / Than to be left so in the Suds.|
|‘The Forsaken Maid’s Frolick’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 381: The flattering fauning Elf, when he had got all my pelf, / And squand’red my goods, he left me i’ th’ sudds.|
|Wooden World 7: He makes no tiresome stay with her. Farewell, he leaves her in the suds.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 206: Tom Sharp, being in the Suds again [...] was oblig’d to employ all the Powers of his Wit and Invention.|
|F&H].Death and Daphne n.p.: Away the frighted spectre scuds, And leaves my lady in the suds [|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Sporting Mag. Aug. VIII 252/2: Remember that your country is at war, and if you do not ‘war [sic] hawk,’ you will find yourselves in the suds.|
|Comic Sketches 26: A Barber would say he was ‘In the suds,’ or ‘Terribly cut’.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Hist. of My Own Times (1995) 78: Let me inform all those [who may think otherwise] that they are in the suds.|
|Comic Almanack Jan. 302: West Middlesex Assurance bubble burst. Creditors in the suds.|
|Paved with Gold 343: I never see an old pal in the suds but my spirit’s willing to give him a hist up’ards.|
|Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 92: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] In the Sudds.‘Drinkers Dict.’ in|
|Gent.’s Mag. Dec. 559/2: To express the condition of an Honest Fellow [...] under the Effects of good Fellowship, it is said that he is [...] 46. A little in the suds.|
|‘Jack Oakum in the Suds’ inI (1975) [title].|
food and beer.
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Oct. 5/1: All he wants now is soog and suds.|
(US) to drink beer.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 22 Aug. 7/7: Sucking suds — (drinking beer).|
|AS XXXIV:2 156: Gators never merely drink; instead, they sop or slop suds, [etc.].‘Gator Sl.’|
|Current Sl. III:4.|
SE in slang uses
(US black) to work as a washer-up.
|Room to Swing 20: She was cooking and busting suds in a white house.|
|(con. 1945) Gather Together In My Name 13: ‘Busting some goddam suds.’ Disgust wrinkled his face.|
|Drylongso 144: He could see me busting the white man’s suds and mopping the white man’s floors.|
(US black) unaware, unsophisticated.
|‘Idioms of the Present-Day American Negro’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 314/1: LOST IN THE SUDS. Unhipped.|
to provide a drink of beer.
|Simply Heavenly II i: Barman, untap your key. Suds us up! Lets drink to it.|