Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dish n.1

[SE dish, an item of food; dish was used in 16C–17C to mean a sexually attractive person, e.g. Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra (1607): ‘A woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not’]

1. [17C] the female genitals.

2. [20C+] something one likes, something suited to one’s taste.

3. [1930s+] (orig. US) an attractive woman.

4. [1930s+] an attractive person of either sex.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

dishclout (n.)

see separate entry.

dish-down (n.)

[1920s] a disappointment.

dish-dragger (n.)

[1910s] a waiter.

dishlicker (n.) (also pan-licker)

[1990s+] (Aus.) a dog.

dishrag (n.)

[1940s+] a person who is exploited, treated poorly.

dish-walloper (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a dishwasher in a restaurant.

dish-walloping (n.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) dish-washing.

dishwater blond(e) (n.)

[1930s–50s] (US) a woman, or man, with ash-blonde hair.

dish-wrestler (n.)

[1920s–30s] a restaurant dish-washer; thus wrestle dishes v., to wash dishes.

In phrases

dish of chat (n.) (also dish of chit-chat)

[19C+] a talk, a conversation.

dish of rails (n.) [SE rail, an act of railing or reviling]

[late 18C–early 19C] a scolding from a wife to her husband.

side-dish (n.)

[1920s] (US) a mistress.

throw something in someone’s dish (v.)

[late 18C] to scold or tease someone about their actions.