1. [16C–early 18C; 1960s+] (later use US) the penis.
2. [late 17C–1940s] the nose.
3. [early 19C+] a name, a nickname, a title (esp. as spoken rather than written); thus a handle to one’s name, a title, an honorific.
4. [mid-19C] a fool.
5. [late 19C; 1960s+] (US) an influence on; a role in.
6. [1910s] (US Und.) in pl., side-whiskers.
7. [1940s+] (Aus./N.Z.) a pint glass of beer with a handle (as opposed to a ‘straight’ glass); thus half-handle half a pint.
8. [1980s+] (US campus) a ring of excess fat around one’s stomach, a ‘spare tyre’.
9. [1980s+] (US) in pl., the female breasts.
1. [1960s+] (US) to get an understanding of, to find a reference or clue to something.
2. [1990s+] (US) to calm down, to control oneself.