1. (also bathtub) a boat; thus transatlantic liners, esp. as venues for crime; thus work the tubs under work v.
|Invention Shipping 9: In Cæsars time, the French Brittains [...] had very untoward Tubs in which they made Warre against him.|
|Humours of a Coffee-House 13 Aug. 3: What Cargo had the Old Tubs in ’em?|
|Cat-fight 150: Nor less did Pluto and his jeering court Of their tub-merchant make their jest and sport.|
|Our Antipodes III 37: I removed my household goods, my wife, two servants, and a horse, on board a wretched little tub of a steam-boat.|
|Among the Mormons in Complete Works (1922) 191: She is a miserable tub at best, and hasn’t much more right to be afloat than a second-hand coffin has.|
|Slaver’s Adventures 32: ‘Blast his impudence,’ muttered Murphy; ‘How I should like to sink his old tub where she lies, and drown every soul on board.’.|
|Won in a Canter III 94: Many an old rotten tub had he stuck the unwary with, always receiving a percentage on the sale.|
|Bristol Magpie 27 July 5/2: The good old tubs strolled leisurely home from a three, six, or seven years’ cruise.|
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 47: [I] took passage on an ancient tub called the ‘Paul Jones.’.|
|Sporting Times 8 Mar. 2/1: My friend the American Bulldog, himself a sailor, says that the States must be fools to send their twopenny-halfpenny tubs to be a laughing stock for Europe.|
|Moran of the Lady Letty 39: I’m the boss of the bathtub.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 17 Nov. 110: One of them orders you and some other meek and mild Fresher in to ‘tub,’ which you find is a boat.|
|Straight Goer (1915) 16: ‘I might have been tossing about in some old tub on the ocean all my life’.|
|Fourth Form Friendship 221: [of a dinghy] ‘She’s a dreadfully heavy old tub [...] but she’s seaworthy’.|
|Greenmantle (1930) 165: The old tub took two days and a night to waddle from Ushant to Finisterre.|
|Manhattan Transfer 239: If I can get on some kind of tub that puts to sea [...] by God I’m going to do it.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 435: He is a great hand for riding the tubs back and forth between here and Europe and playing stud poker with other passengers.‘Princess O’Hara’ in|
|letter Nov. in Charters I (1995) 31: Grab a nice clean tanker or freighter, not a rotten swarming tub like the Dorchester.|
|Stone Mad (1966) 139: The old tub began to roll up an’ down, hither an’ thither as the gale got worse.|
|An Only Child (1970) 77: Steve worked on a tub called the Hannibal.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 148: So I’m on that tub an’ wot happens? This girl lets me chat her up.|
|Slow Boats to China (1983) 76: A small and rusty tub swerving too fast into a berth.|
|Beano Comic Library No. 190 34: This old tub can fairly shift when she’s got a nice head of steam!|
|Indep. Rev. 10 June 20: Our tub was actually passing Charing Cross bridge.|
2. a pulpit.
|Three-fold Discourse Between Three Neighbours 3: Those you resemble to the inferior Clergy that take all the pains: and thus in your Tubs [...] you tax all the world.|
|‘The Rebellion’ in Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 167: Take Pryn and his club, or Smec and his tub, / Or any Sect, old or new.|
|Ale ale-evated 5: [T]he Barrell is turned into a Tub, and the Tub transformed into a suitable Pulpit.|
|‘A Song’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 223: First to tell [...] How I once did trot / With great Zealot to a Lecture, / Where a Tub did view, / Hung with aprons blew.|
|Works (1721) 4: This made a whimsical Philosopher / Before the spacious World his Tub prefer.‘A Satire Against Man’|
|Writings (1704) 22: ’Tis true, the Pastors of the Zealous, / Such Doctrines will in Tub reveal-us.‘Reflections on a Country Corporation’|
|Hudibras Redivivus I:5 17: Squeez’d in, and Elbow’d pretty near / The consecrated Tub.|
|Vulgus Britannicus III 37: Some of the more Revengeful Mob, / Who took the Pulpit for a Tub; / The Sacred Hut in pieces Pull’d.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 14: The Tub-preaching Saint was so Zealous a Blade.|
|Dunciad II 2: High on a gorgeous seat, that far out-shone Henley’s gilt tub, or Fflecknoe’s Irish throne .|
|Mother Gin 15: Herds of city Saints elected, As Bell-weathers and Bulls, for noise respected [...] who from their tubs Make bulls in praise of Schism and Calves-head clubs.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 495: With pious face; on Bethnal-Green, / An inspir’d cobler mount a tub, / And preach to ev’ry ragged scrub.|
|Honest Fellow 149: When Squintum first mounted the clerical tub, / He had little or nothing to say to the mob.|
|‘Gloucestershire Bumpkin’ Lover’s Harmony No. 18 138: Then up jumps a man into a tub [....] he turn’ up the whites of his eyes, / And for mercy upon us did heartily pray.|
|‘’Arry on the Turf’ Punch 29 Nov. 297/1: I know as you won’t mount the tub, as some sneaks I ’ave spoke to ’ave done.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 174: You bible-sharps that thump on tubs, / You lurkers on the Abram-sham.‘Villon’s Good-Night’ in Farmer|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Oct. 18/1: Alas, alack, it’s very rough, / The man the parsons so acclaim / For touching not the cursed stuff / Has drink connections just the same. / He won’t announce it from a tub, / But beer is in his family.|
3. (mid-17C) the vagina.
|Mercurius Democritus 22 May 5: Then merry Lasses jocund be and drink a Syllibub, / But never let a Round-head see the way into your Tub .|
4. a coach, esp. a form of covered carriage known as a ‘chariot’.
|London Spy VII 151: Our Stratford Tub, by the Assistance of its Carrionly Tits of different Colours, had out-run the Smoothness of the Road.|
|Writings (1704) 248: By the time I got thither, the Country Tub-Driver began to be Impatient, all the Company but my self being already come.‘A Step to Stir-Bitch-Fair’ in|
|‘The Dinner’ in Songs 1 (1842) 215/2: ‘Oh yes, her ladyship brought me home in her ladyship’s tub’.|
|Sporting Mag. Mar. XVII 309/2: Our Belles and Beaux / Go riding in a Tub.|
|in Froude Life in London (1884) 307: I was taken in the ‘tub’ to Cowbridge.|
5. from sense 3, a promisucuous woman, a prostitute.
|Wkly Rake (NY) 30 July n.p.: wants to knowWhat O.N. [...] meant when he called a decent woman ‘ a tub’’.|
6. a seatless carriage used on the early railways.
|Autobiog. (1887) 30: We called it a ‘stand up’ and it also went by the name of ‘a tub’ .|
7. (US) a fire engine.
|Student and Schoolmate Jan. 3: The rope was only half manned and wishing to make myself useful [...] I joined the party in charge of the ‘tub’ [OED].|
8. a glass containing approx. one pint.
|Sun (NY) 21 Apr. 7/2: If the hoister is on intimate terms with these schooners [of beer] he familiarly calls them ‘tubs’ or ‘high hats’. Some prefer to call them ‘geesers’.|
|Wretches of Povertyville 21: When beer is ordered in these places [i.e. a ‘barrel house’] the customer orders a ‘tub’ and receives a glass holding nearly a pint.|
9. a car.
|Compensations of War (1983) 38: I employ my time washing and greasing my old tub.diary 19 Oct. in Carnes|
|Smile A Minute 293: This here tub’s all shot to pieces.|
|Other Half 177: Well, if you’re insured heavy enough I’ll get the best out of this tub.|
|Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 75: We gotta nice yellow speed tub outside. Maybe you’d like to come for a little ride.|
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. 🌐 I’d grabbed the frightened wren and yanked her back into my tub.‘Broken Melody’ in|
|Rap Sheet 76: We had only gone a few blocks when we noticed the old tub was practically out of gas.|
10. (UK Und.) an omnibus, a bus; thus work the tubs under work v.
|That Eye, The Sky 120: The school bus is an old tub.|
11. a truck.
|They Drive by Night 237: I might be able to get the old tub going and I might not.|
|Late Night on Watling Street (1969) 10: I’ll wait for you in my tub. We’ll drive off together.‘Late Night on Watling Street’ in|
12. (Aus. prison) a sanitary bucket.
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xli 4/5: tub: Sanitary bucket used in prisons.|
see tub-thumper n.
(US) a mission.
|Wretches of Povertyville 188: The day is spent in a ‘tub’ house [...] he will go to a mission house, announce his willingness to reform, give his testimony, pose as the horrible example, be prayed over, cried over [...] receive useless religious advice.|
see tub-thumper n.
a preacher, a parson.
|‘Tom Nash his Ghost’ in Works of T. Nashe I (1883–4) lxix: Yeare of the late Qu. Elizabeths Reigne when Martin Mar-Prelate was as mad as any of his Tub-men are now.|
|Right Way to Peace 19: These Tub-Preachers intended to abolish the book of Common-prayer.|
|Semper iidem in Harleian Misc. VII (1811) 401: George Eagles, sirnamed Trudge-over-the-World, who, of a taylor, became a tub-preacher, was indicted of treason.|
|Memorial of John Williams Pt II 165: Here are your lawful Ministers present, to whom of late you do not resort, I hear, but to Tub-preachers in Conventicles.|
|Works (1707) I 85: The tub preachers are very much dissatisfy’d that you invade their prerogative of hell.‘Letters on Several Occasions’ in|
|Reliquiae 4 Sept. n.p.: The doctor... bred a Presbyterian [...] his elder brother Samuel Mead having been a tub-preacher [F&H].|
see tub-thumper n.
see separate entries.
|Viva La Madness 436: I was going to neglect to inform him where I was tubbed-up with Jenna.|
SE in slang uses
see bloody bucket under bloody adj.
a fat person.
|Freeman’s Jrnl 22 May 3/4: A little girl called me a tub of guts in the street and I ran after her to chastise her.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 11 June n.p.: Suse had called her a ‘tub of guts’.|
|Revelations of Ireland 116: You mealy-mouthed tub of guts.|
|inReveille in Wash. (1941) 260: One of them called out that the Austin equipage contained a ‘tub of guts.’.|
|McCook Wkly Tribune (NE) 28 May 7/2: May the devil [...] make celery-sauce of your rotten limbs, you mealy-mouthed tub of guts.|
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 33: Respect! he said. Is it for Billy with the lip or for the tub of guts up in Armagh?|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 306: As I was sayin’ a while ago when I was interrupted by that tub o’ guts.|
|Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 4: Hit me if you dare! Ah’ll wash yo’ tub uh ’gator guts and dat quick.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 145: A big crooked tub of guts that’s not even smart.‘Nevada Gas’|
|Runyon à la Carte 159: He is really quite a tub of blubber and casts a very wide shadow.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 71: If I wanted a man to sleep with I’d pick a man, not a beery tub of guts.|
|Groucho Letters (1967) 226: A fat tub-of-guts, as Dorrie described him.letter 1 Nov.|
|Stories (1985) 15: ‘How is old tub of guts doing’.|
|It (1987) 126: Do you understand that, you tub of guts?|
|Golden Orange (1991) 85: You big tub a pelican puke!|
|Emerald Germs of Ireland 301: Had to be all the big fellows and that’s all there is to it. Scuttering tubs of guts who have to have all their own way.|
a fat person.
|Georgia Scenes (1848) 118: It would o’ flung Bostick right where that gourd o’ hog’s lard (Fulger) was.|
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 13: A great fat, humbly, slanderin’ old butter tub.|
|Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 51: By golly, George, I hed tu promis the ole tub ove soap-greas tu cum an’ hev myself convarted.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 368: Why, you old tub of lard!‘The Bone Doctor’|
|Dead End Act I: Aw, yuh fat tub a buttah.|
|Runyon à la Carte 183: She informs me that I am nothing but a tub of lard.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 136: ‘Creep,’ she muttered [...] ‘Fatmouth sack of lard.’.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 13: I told her she was a tub of lard.|
|Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Act II: Son of a – tub of – hog fat ...|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 203: I wonder ‘ow much that bundle o’ lard has left in it.|
|Riot (1967) 23: Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the tub of lard.|
|Dead Butler Caper 36: He was a tub of lard rounded into an over-strained pin-striped business suit.|
|We Shall Not Die 112: The big, burly sack of lard came forward with his Sunday grin on his face.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 232: lard. Fat, in various combinations, e.g., lard ass, lardball, lard bucket, and tub of lard, all referring to a grossly overweight person, and lardhead, to a dumb one.|
|Shagadelically Speaking 75: lard, tub of, Usually used to describe an enormously fat fellow.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 60: Hey, tub-o-lard! Looks like you never met a meal you didn’t like!|
|Truth 156: ‘You look like shit [...] Fucken tub of lard,’ said Les. ‘Lookit your legs, fucken cellulite’.|
(US) a term of abuse for a fat person.
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 25: ‘I said you look just like a big tub of shit.’ [...] She was right. There seemed to be a little pouch of fat on each side [...] just above the hips.|
|(con. c.1967) Firefight 163: Why you sidin’ with the gray dude for, eh, you tub of shit.|
(UK Und.) an ugly fat person.
|Wandring Whore IV 8: There was one Gladwin a long mackerel-back’d Hector, and one Mat. Robinson a tub of turds.|