river ooze n.
alcohol, liquor; thus as phr. on the ooze, drinking or drunk.
|Rhy. Sl. 5: ‘’Strewth, yer “King Death” don’t arf “Pen and Ink,” been on the “River Ouse?”’ – ‘not ’arf’.|
|Dly Mirror (London) 2 May 22/1: [cartoon caption] Ah — that’s Soho slang, Jo! ‘Snouty’ means tobacco, ‘River Ouse’ booze [...] and ‘band of hope’ is dope.|
|Crust on its Uppers 82: The Cure, which was down to mental angst as much as the river ooze.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 71: Down to being into the river like he was, I believe he’s by way of having a nervous breakdown right now.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 829: [...] since ca. 1920.|
|Lowspeak 122: River – drink.|
|Wicked Cockney Rhy. Sl.|
|Dict. of Rhy. Sl. 104/2: on the oozeOn the booze.|
|Up the Frog 11: Let’s go on the River Ouse and get elephant’s trunk.|
|Dict. of Cockney Rhy. Sl. 34: on the ooze. On the booze.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 55: Brownie and my head dispatcherine [...] were off on the river ooze.|