one n.1(orig. US)
1. terms pertaining to violence.
(a) [mid-19C+] a blow with the fist; occas. ext. to two, three, four, etc.
(b) [1900s] an unpleasant look.
(c) [1910s+] a bullet, a gunshot.
2. terms pertaining to communication.
(a) [mid-19C+] a joke on, an act of teasing; a hoax.
(b) [late 19C] a derog. name, a word of abuse.
(c) [late 19C+] an anecdote, an amusing story, a joke, e.g. have you heard the one about …?
(d) [late 19C+] a ‘line’, a persuasive if mendacious story, a lie.
(e) [1950s+] an excuse.
3. terms pertaining to the body and sexual intercourse.
(a) [late 19C+] the penis.
(b) [late 19C+] any act of bodily eructation; see let one go
(c) [1940s+] an act of sexual intercourse.
(d) [1960s] an act of defecation.
(e) [1970s] the vagina.
4. terms pertaining to consumption.
(a) [mid-19C+] a drink; usu. in the phr. come and have one, join me for a drink; often in comb., e.g. big one, stiff one, etc.
(b) [1920s] (US) an inhalation of cocaine.
(c) [1940s+] a state of drunkenness.
(d) [1960s+] a cannabis cigarette.
(e) [1970s+] constr. with the, cannabis oil, THC.
(f) [1980s+] a hangover.
(g) [1990s+] a heroin injection.
(h) [1990s+] an adventure, a time, a spree.
5. terms pertaining to individuals.
(a) [late 19C+] an eccentric, amusing or outstanding person.
(b) [late 19C+] one who stands out in some way, either for impudence, expertise etc, esp. as a one for.
(c) [1930s–60s] a male homosexual [? old US Army joke, Sergeant, counting off, ‘Are you one?’ Soldier, ‘Yeth, are you one too?’; Trimble labels this as ‘Conv.(entional)’].
(d) [1960s] an unpleasant person, i.e. a cunt n.
(e) [1980s] a fool, a dupe.
(f) [1990s+] a friend.
6. [1910s+] (UK Und.) a crime.
7. see one on
Pertaining to violence
to attack someone, to give someone a blow or a beating.
1. [mid-19C+] to hit; thus give him two/three etc.
2. see also phrs. under Pertaining to the body below.
1. [20C+] to hit someone, to have a fight; also in fig. use.
2. [1910s] to impose a task or burden.
3. [1970s] (US) to have an affair.
[1930s+] (US) to hit or beat someone.
[1900s–10s] (Aus.) to hit someone.
1. [1910s+] (orig. Aus.) to hit.
2. [2000s] (N.Z.) to confront (without violence).
[1910s+] to hit.
Pertaining to communication
1. to lose one’s temper, to lose emotional control.
2. to launch into a speech or diatribe.
[late 19C+] (orig. US) to cheat, to deceive.
[1990s+] to lose one’s temper, to have an emotional outburst.
Pertaining to the body
1. [1910s] to become very excited.
2. [1970s] of a man, to have an erection.
1. [late 19C+] to have sexual intercourse, to kiss etc; thus the common male phr. I’d give her one.
2. see also phrs. under Pertaining to violence above.
[1960s] of a woman, to be pregnant.
[1990s+] to masturbate.
[mid-17C; late 19C+] to break wind; to burp.
[1960s+] the act of masturbation.
[1970s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
Pertaining to consumption
[20C+] to order and pay for a round of drinks, esp. as excl. get them in!
[1940s+] to be drunk.
[19C+] (US) to have a drink of water.
[late 19C+] to be drunk.
[20C+] to be drunk (cf. have a few under few, a n.).
[late 19C–1910s] (US) a large drink.
1. [1970s] to join in with, e.g. for a drink.
2. see also phrs. under General uses below.
[1940s+] (Aus.) a last drink, before starting a journey or leaving.
[1960s+] (US) a final drink, but, rather than the trad. one for the road, this var. acknowledges the perils of drunken driving.
1. [20C+] a final drink before departure; ext. to a measure of drugs, i.e. cocaine.
2. [1990s+] in fig. use.
1. [1900s–30s] (Aus.) to have a drink.
2. see also phrs. under General uses below.
1. [1970s] (UK prison) to plan and effect an escape.
2. [1970s] (UK Und.) to put together plans for a crime, esp. a robbery, and then carry out that crime.
3. [2000s] to commit a murder.
4. see also phrs. under Pertaining to consumption above.
[1980s] (US) to shoot (dead).
[1970s+] (UK Und.) to plan a crime.
1. [mid-19C+] (also stop it) to be wounded.
2. [1910s] (Aus.) to receive a blow.
3. see also phrs. under Pertaining to consumption above.
SE in slang uses
[1950s] (W.I.) a large, round dumpling, using a pound of flour.
[1990s+] (W.I.) intimately, on a one-to-one.
1. [1980s+] (drugs) crack cocaine.
2. (also one-five-o) heroin.
[1980s] (US) an act of (casual) sexual intercourse (with a stranger).
[late 19C] (US) a portion of oyster stew.
[late 19C] (US) somethat is is equal to, on a par with.
[1910s+] to leave, to run away; often as imper. meaning go away!
[late 19C] to be praised, to be applauded.
[1960s] (US) to give someone an abortion.
[1920s+] (US) anything noteworthy, remarkable or incredible, something worthy of long-term record.
[late 17C–mid-19C] a parson.
[1900–30s] (US) a cup of black coffee.
[1900s] (US) a white coffee, a coffee with cream.
[mid–late 19C] (US) a remarkable or admirable person.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) ‘I owe you one’ (Kent).
[1910s+] (orig. UK milit.) drunk.
[1950s+] (orig. US) an outlaw bike rider.