Green’s Dictionary of Slang

piss on v.

[fig. use of piss v. (1)]

1. (also piss all over, piss up, piss upon) to treat contemptuously; note euph. in cit. 2006 based on golden shower n.

[UK]Udall (trans.) Erasmus’ Apophthegms (1564) Bk I 121: He, in departing from the company, pissed vppon euery of the geastes that sate at the table, behind at their backes, signifiyng the same also to be one other propertee belonging to doggues.
[UK]L. Barry Ram-Alley III i: Take heed; Let me not catch thee in the widow’s house; If I do, I’ll pick they head upon my sword, And piss in thy very visnomy.
[UK]Fletcher Women Pleased III iv: Why, every Boy ith’ Towne will pisse upon thee.
[UK]Rowley Woman never Vext 7: Each Festivall day I’ll come unto thy house, And I will pisse upon thy threshold.
[UK]The Wandering Jew 36: Tottered Beggers, (whom thou calledst thy dogges) pisse there on thy face in scorne.
[UK]Gossips Braule 8: You Lant-liquor Rogue, come Neighbors wee’l pay him, let’s piss out his Eyes.
[UK]R. L’Estrange Fables of Abstemius (1692) CCXCVIII 268: He only Pist upon the Pears in Contempt.
[UK]T. Shadwell Epsom Wells V i: kick.: And I will make bold to piss upon your Worship. clod p.: Oh impudence! Constable secure ’em to night.
[UK]Dryden Hind and Panther in Works (1899) III line 1453: The wanton boys would piss upon your grave.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: He’ll carry no coals, not to be Pissed upon, or Imposed upon, nor bear a Trick, or take an Affront, or tamely pass by any ill Treatment.
[UK]J. Floyer Essay to Prove Cold Bathing 302: A Man of no mean Magnitude once, but now despisd and p-ss-d upon.
[UK]N. Ward Rambling Fuddle-Caps 16: Thou’lt be piss’d on by Fools, and be fear’d by thy Betters.
[UK]Bailey (trans.) Erasmus’ Colloquies 198: Poor Creature, what wilt thou do? Thou wilt be pis’d upon by every Body.
[UK]Swift ‘On the Longitude’ Miscellanies IV (1751) 139: Now Ditton and Whiston May both bep-st on, And Whiston and Ditton May both be besh-t on.
[UK]G. Colman Polly Honeycombe 8: Ah, pise on your naughty novels!
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 96: May I be trampl’d, pist, and sh-t on, / If I don’t think you right.
[US]H.H. Brackenridge Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt I Vol. I Bk III 39: His very scullions will piss upon you, and give you no better life than a dog among their feet.
[UK]N. Douglas London Street Games 38: Garn! P ........,* an play wiv the steam (*Four words censored).
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 170: I’m getting to know some really big guys. Guys who wouldn’t piss on Shimmy.
[UK]K. Amis letter 17 Sept. in Leader (2000) 337: Did you see that pissing on Cecil Beaton in the month’s Lilliput?
[UK]T. Taylor Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 96: They’ll piss on you and you’ll probably drink it.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 14 June Proud Highway (1997) 620: I don’t mind getting pissed on for not ‘loving’ Hell’s Angels.
[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 162: You ought to burn up both of these yourself, Willie, on account of this cat [...] pissed up your black book.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 180: The gods have denied me. Indeed, they have pissed on me, they have shat on me.
[UK](con. 1971) W. Sherman Times Square 61: Sorry, sorry, you piss on my date and you say you’re sorry?
[SA]M. Melamu ‘Bad Times, Sad Times’ in Mutloatse Forced Landing 41: For a female to pass water on a guy like Georgina is doing to meester! Neh, man is reely bad, I’d never take it.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 150: Pissed all over his little strategy, and then made him eat it.
[US]A. Rodriguez Spidertown (1994) 170: Yuh pissin’ on me [...] After all I done, yuh pissin’ on me.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 19 Mar. 14: His lowly cuisine had been pissed on [...] by Fay Maschler.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 158: piss all over Defeat easily. ANZ [...] piss on someone from a great height Give someone a very hard time.
thelondonpaper 4 Sept. 32: His friend in the passenger seat jeered and laughed while our original joker looked as though his parade had been well and truly golden-showered on.
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 68: L.A. pisses on us. They piss all over us.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 29: Today is pissing all over yesterday; I was beginning tae think the polis would never let me out.

2. to be drenched with rain.

[UK]G. Wilson Brave Company 172: It fairly pissed down on top of me [OED].
[UK]Viz Oct./Nov. 47: Come on, come on! I’m getting pissed on out here!
[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 151: ‘How did you get on at the Groucho, James?’ ‘Pissed on from a great height,’ said James. ‘Yeh yeh, I got caught in it too.’ ‘I’m not talking about the rain, I’m talking about my stupid pissballing editor.’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 158: piss down Torrential rain. ANZ.

In phrases

piss on...

to hell with; thus excl. piss on it! who cares!

[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 339: I don’t care. Shit on the world! Piss on the world!
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 147: I just say do you and pushem into a dark corner .... Piss on all introductions and flourishes.
[US]R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 20: I look back at Francine an she lookin mean. Piss on Francine!
[US]B. Jackson Killing Time 233: I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, / ‘Piss on you all, it’s been a hell of a night.’.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 44: Piss on it, I’m dead.
[US]S. King It (1987) 376: ‘Piss on this action,’ Richie muttered frantically to himself.
P. Anthony Pornucopia 149: ‘Piss on it!’ Prior echoed with mixed sorrow and rage.
piss on a nettle (v.)

to be annoyed, uneasy, tetchy; thus on nettles, anxious, uneasy.

[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs II Ch. x: It seemd to hym she had pyst on a nettyll. / She nettled hym, and he rattled her so.
[UK]Greene Quip for an Upstart Courtier B2: Questioning with one that I met, why these women were so cholericke, he [...] pointed to a bush of nettles [...] Mary (quoth hee) all these women that you heare brawling frowning and skolding thus, haue seuerally pist on this bushe of nettles; and the vertue of them is to force a woman that waters them to be as peeuish for a whole day and as waspish, as if she had bene stung in the browe with a hornet.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs (2nd edn) 375: Of angry persons. He has pisht on a nettle.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 180: Hey day! quoth Venus, what’s all this, / On nettles sure you’ve been to piss; / You will not, that, or t’other do.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: He or she has pissed on a nettle; said of one who is peevish or out of temper.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].
[US]G.P. Burnham Memoirs of the US Secret Service 132: Old Sam is on nettles by this time, but he’s a wily old dog, and he manages himself admirably.
piss on one’s shoe (v.)

to blunder, to fail in a task.

[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 192: So after your wise remarks about me pissing on my shoe, you don’t get in and do the job.
piss on someone’s chips (v.)

(Can.) to spoil someone’s plans, also vi., to blunder, to get into trouble.

[US]Maledicta IX 161: The Royal Canadian Air Force taught me piss on someone’s chips (spoil his plans).
[UK]Independent 24 Jan. 37/2: The unsinkable Mr D’s voice changed into camp Cockney sparrow: ‘I mean, I don’t want to piss on me chips...’.
[Scot]V. McDermid Out of Bounds (2017) 23: That’d piss on your chips and no mistake.
[UK]M. Herron Joe Country [ebook] Guess how our new recruit pissed on his chips?
piss on someone’s lamp-post (v.)

to make one’s presence felt, to ‘send a message’.

[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 15: And now the games begin. I’ve just had Barry Quinlan pissing on my lamp-post.
piss on someone’s parade (v.) (also piss on someone’s bonfire, ...fireworks, ...strawberries, rain on someone’s parade, shit on...) [fig. use of SE rain/shit v.]

(orig. US) to shatter illusions, to ruin an otherwise satisfactory situation.

[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 143: Please don’t piss on my fuckin’ parade.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 6: Listen [...] don’t you rain on my parade, dahling.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 117: You people got to learn not to shit on my parade.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 125: Let me guess [...] Idi Amin showed up to piss on your parade.
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 140: You guys have really rained on my parade.
[UK]‘Q’ Deadmeat 365: I’m sorry to piss on your fireworks.
P. Painter ‘Going Wild’, The Long and the Short of It 13: ‘You’re just jealous,’ she said. ‘You’re pissing on my parade.’.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 108: But just to rain on Warren’s parade the landlord wasn’t going to bite.
thelondonpaper 4 Sept. 32: Our original joker looked as though his parade had been well and truly golden-showered on.
[US]L. Berney Whiplash River [ebook] He didn’t want to rain on her parade .
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 370: Ah dinnae want tae pish on the pageant ay a man in love.
[Scot]T. Black Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] But at the very least we’ll be raining on Sinclair’s parade.
[Aus]J.R. Lawrence My Camp 207: I finished in twenty-seventh place (third to last), which kind of pissed on my strawberries [Ibid.] 272: [T]hose negative results sure pissed on his bonfire .
A.S. Burns on X 25 Nov. 🌐 Historians don’t just love raining on Sir Ridley Scott’s parade. We actually do like history movies .
piss on someone’s shoe (v.)

(US) to humiliate.

[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 108: Digger paid him out and pissed on his shoe for him.

In exclamations

piss on you!

a general insult.

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 521: ‘Piss on that,’ Warden snarled.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 117: Glaring, he got up. ‘Piss on you, horse.’.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 121: In the dying words of one of Iceberg’s characters: ‘Piss on you squares!’.
[US]Maledicta IX 160: The English say piss off (or sod off) where Americans would say fuck off, but getting a shitty deal is essentially American and so is piss on you (rejection).
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 14: Well, piss on ya, I’m going back to sleep.
[UK]J. Cameron Hell on Hoe Street 38: Piss on them all [...] Damn them, bloody them, blast them, eff them!