(US) the American South, esp. those states that formed the Confederacy in the Civil War (1861–5).
|🎵 Away! away! away down South in Dixie.‘Dixie’s Land’|
|sheet music title at Amer. Memory 🌐 The Original / DIXON’S LINE / or / DIXEY LAND.|
|Artemus Ward, His Book 198: [heading] Thrilling Scenes in Dixie.|
|Hans Breitmann’s Party 5: Away down Sout’ in Tixey dey’ll split you like a clam.‘Breitmann in Battle’ in|
|Americanisms 255: The Southern States [are known] as Dixie; a popular term most probably derived from the geographical line drawn by Messrs. Mason and Dixon, which formerly separated the free from the slave-holding States.|
a loose network of Southern criminals, typically involved in clubs, prostitution and drug-running.
|(ref. to 1974)Mafia Mystique 349: Wayne King thus described the ‘Dixie Mafia’ for New York Times readers in April 1974: Not to be confused with the traditional Mafia.|
|Muscle for the Wing 10: Auguste Beaurain [...] had run the upriver dagos, the downriver riffraff [...] and the out-of-state Dixie Mafia from town.|
|Casey’s Law 129: A key state police investigator was convinced it was a contract killing carried out by the Dixie Mafia.|
|Headless Man in Topless Bar 424: Some strip clubs are owned by what might be decribed as ‘non-organized criminals’ [...] A loose network of such people exists in the [...] southeast, and is referred to as the ‘Dixie Mafia’.|
|Boy from County Hell 24: [O]nly muscle for the goombahs or the Dixie Mafia would have the stones to treat a man that way.|
(W.I.) to make an exciting, successful show (of what is being done); to make events work out as one wishes.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(US) second-rate, e.g. of a performer or performance, a piece of writing, etc.
|Strip Tease 61: A guy’s from Dixie — Performer who’s no good.|
|I Am Gazing Into My 8-Ball 36: Edwin Seaver, the writer [...] said, ‘I think this part stinks,’ or ‘I think this part is strictly from Dixie’.|
(W.I.) to quarrel noisily, to become very angry.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(US) to lose deliberately.
|You Gotta Play Hurt 267: [T]he fight manager fears that his tiger may have bet on the other guy and intends to go Dixie when the bell rings.|
1. to engage in wishful fantasies.
|Annie Salem 87: You wear the hat and whistle dixie, as the old saying goes, when you should be watching out.|
|Eng. Summer in Scotland 139: Fill the test tubes at the trot, perform a brief tracheotomy and whistle Dixie.|
|(con. 1991-94) City of Margins 195: ‘I called work and told them to whistle Dixie for a couple of weeks’.|
2. to pursue without hope of success.
|On the Yard (2002) 292: I’m going. They can whistle ‘Dixie’ for me.|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘If I need your help [I will tell you]. If I don’t you can whistle Dixie’ .|
3. to boast, to brag without substance .
|Great Santini (1977) 313: One thing led to another and before you knew it my big, hairy banana was whistlin’ Dixie when it struck gold in them thar hills.|
see under whistle v.