|Damoiselle I i: You spirited men call Money Dirt and Mud.|
|[||Old Bachelor II i: Money is but dirt, Sir Joseph, mere dirt].|
|Humours of Oxford I i: Hang Fortune, I say – Trash – mere Dirt.|
|Iron Chest II ii: Take your dirt again, (throws down the money.) Good Captain-Justice! — Stoop for it, — and think How an old Soldier, and a Justice, looks, When he is picking up the bribes he offers, To injure those he should protect.|
|[||Commercial Advertiser (N.Y.) 29 Nov. 2/4: I was informed by a carpenter [...] that (to use his own words) they made money like dirt out of the nine pin alleys].|
|Complete Short Stories (1993) I 694: I had intended to slip a fiver into his hand, but for all his surprise, he was too quick for me. ‘Aw, keep yer dirt,’ he snarled.‘Local Color’|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 12 Nov. 4/7: I was just within a yard of putting on my bit of ‘dirt’ / When I met the sporting writer, whow as burdened with a ‘Cert’.|
|Wash. Herald (DC) 11 Sept. 19/3: You-all can win my dist and dirt, but nary one of my dawgs.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] It has been called ‘the actual, the blunt, hard, dirt, evil, flimsy, gilt, iron, John. Davis, lurries, moss, oil of angels, pieces, rowdy, spondulicks, tin, wad’ .|
|AS IV:5 357: To avoid using the word money, the well-informed user of slang may use cush, darby, dirt, dinero (evidently Spanish).‘Sl. Terms for Money’ in|
|Stag Line 145: Plenty of scratch [...] You know, dirt.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|World’s Toughest Prison 796: dirt – Money.|
2. (Aus./N.Z.) a mean action or a malicious remark.
|Salisbury & Winchester Jrnl 8 June 3: So come on, my boy; I’ll throw slush to the tune of their dirt I’ll be bound.|
|Goethe: a New Pantomime in Poetical Works 2 (1878) 336: Demirep, Lacedmutton, Gadder; / Do give over flinging dirt.|
|A Webfoot Volunteer (1965) 80: Poker playing was all the ‘go’ in camp & almost resulted in a little ‘dirt.’ Two Corp’ls talked very brave.diary 5 June|
|Western Dly Press 20 Aug. 3/7: When out on the stump I belabour and thump, / And scatter unlimited dirt.|
|Lantern (N.O.) 22 Sept. 2: But the dirt will come to the surface.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Mar. 13/2: at the squaring-up. / The Detective: ‘Look at the beers I bought yer.’ / The Phizgig: ‘But look at the dirt yer made me swaller!’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 18/1: I call it dirt / To go an’ block a man that’s fightin’ well / By crowdin’ in on ’im!|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 20: Did she turn me down a treat! / The way she tossed ’er ’ead an’ swished her skirt! / Oh, it wus dirt!‘The Intro’ in|
|Working Bullocks 66: By God, he’s [a horse] good! [...] A ball of spirit, but there’s no dirt in him.|
|Tramp and Other Stories 144: Some of these people have been trying to put the dirt into me!|
|Sexus (1969) 59: She said with a smile that was almost ugly – ‘And now for the dirt!’.|
|Gun in My Hand 166: Roger Wilkinson’s the cleanest player in the country. He doesn’t put in the dirt.|
|Big Country of South Island 87: Although they [i.e. mules] are renowned for their dirt – it is said they can kick with all four feet – most of the old packies swear by them.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] dirt Definition: the illegal, treacherous or otherwise negative and/or unpleasant things that one does in the course of one’s life Example: Damn nigga...I know you wanna do some gangsta shit with me, but sorry bro, I do my dirt all by my lonely.|
3. (orig. US) information, not necessarily, but often, scurrilous; often as what’s the dirt (on)...?
|Boston Weekly Globe 29 Feb. n.p.: If the public demand dirt the newspapers will furnish dirt — and don’t you forget it [DA].|
|Pleasure Man (1997) II ii: I’ll get the dirt from Toto, but what I hear I’ll keep to myself.|
|Sailor Beware! I ii: I just wanta read the dirt about Frances Scully.|
|Lucifer with a Book 123: Something maternal in her rejoiced [...] as a mother learns some dirt on her son and treasures it in her heart.|
|Playback 33: They pay the bills, you dig the dirt.|
|‘Trouble Every Day’ [lyrics] Until my head begin to hurt / From checkin’ out the way / The newsman say they get the dirt.|
|Dead Butler Caper 2: If I could dig up enough dirt that would stick in court.|
|Fixx 207: The dirt he’s digging is so important.|
|Therapy (1996) 71: You don’t get any dirt if you don’t dish some yourself.|
|Experience 338: Get some new dirt on Mandela [...] Because your old dirt is hopeless.|
|Big Boat to Bye-Bye 185: ‘You glommed Cohen dirt to shake down wifey, that’s your angle’.|
|Rubdown [ebook] I got such good dirt on Chevelle.|
|Guardian 18 Dec. 38/4: The only dirt I can get on him is that he is a living lie .|
|Thrill City [ebook] I didn’t want misty-eyed reminiscences, I wanted dirt.|
4. (orig. US) an unpleasant individual.
|On Blue Water 206: The mate's all right [...] but the second mate's dirt — real dirt — right down to the ground.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Dec. 16/2: O’Keefe, who forged whisky in the interests of the black shellers and other Eastern dirt, stood speechless behind the bar when the mugger laid his snout on the counter and breathed at him.|
|Scarlet Pansy 213: He’s dirt!|
|Songs of a Sun Lover (1955) 73: Serene and still she spoke to Bill like he was so much dirt.‘Montreal Maree’ in|
|Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 95: You think I’m dirt.|
|Algiers Motel Incident 207: A man throwed a sandwich on the floor [...] and say, ‘Git it, Dirt’.|
|Inside the Und. 118: Most of them are regarded as useful ‘dirt’.|
|Dead Men’s Wages (2003) 207: A fixer [...] is the man who acts as a go-between for villains and the police. Most of them are regarded as ‘dirt’.|
5. (orig. US) gossip, malicious chatter.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 31: Did you hear about the Poodle girl neckth door? More dirt about the neighbors eh?in Zwilling|
|letter 28 Nov. in Paige (1971) 283: Glad to see you doing man’s woik and spillin the dirt on Georges, etc.|
|Little Sister 108: I want to peddle a little dirt.|
|Absolute Beginners 104: ‘Anything for the column?’ [...] ‘Yes, all the dirt. A bit later.’.|
|City of Night 198: Randy goes around talking all kinds of dirt.|
|Buttons 59: It’s just the papers capitalising on dirt again.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 213: A book which dosed us with all the dirt we’d yearned for for so long.in|
|Strip Jack 48: So, Chris [...] what’s the dirt on Gregor Jack?|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 197: Mr. Hoover held dirt. Mr. Hoover leaked dirt. Mr. Hoover caused pain.|
6. (US) a man who seduces and then beats up or otherwise physically harms male homosexuals, either after/during sex, or instead of; a homophobic thug.
|Gay Girl’s Guide 7: dirt: Properly, a highly specialized, type of criminally psychopathic youth, self-appointed nemesis of any and all homosexuals, usually, not homosexual himself (but this varies greatly since some kind of sexual abnormality or inferiority is almost, always at the root of it), who guilefully leads on a homosexual interested, in him until in a position to do him dirt, rolling and/or beating him up (rarely fatally), alone or with others, before or after being ‘blown’. By extension, anyone following the above line of conduct, also including sailors, strong-armed clip-queens, opportunistic rough and commercial trade, et al. [Ibid.] 36: Dirt [...] has a positive and primary object: to beat up and/or roll queers.et al.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 34: They [i.e. servicemen] can be so rough! So much dirt nowadays.|
|Homosexuality & Citizenship in Florida 14: Such young people as this, known as hustlers, will frequently become ‘fairies,’ intersted only in sex with any man, or ‘dirt,’ willing to be passive in a homosexual act but given to robbing the homosexual of all money and clothing at its conclusion.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 77: hostile heterosexual man whose anti-homosexuality is sometimes violently expressed [...] dirt.|
7. (US gay) one who professes homosexuality in order to practise blackmail.
|Manual of Psychiatry (6th edn) II 204: dirt, a pretended homosexual whose motive is blackmail .|
|Prison Days and Nights 104: Soon the word passed among the ‘fags’ of the district that the Green mob was ‘dirt’.|
|A Scarlet Pansy 199: There was trade everywhere. Of course there was always the usual sprinkling of dirt, but the clever ones, with their sharpened sensibilities, their so-called intuition, were almost mind-readers.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 12: dirt (n.): A person (quite often trade) who robs, beats up, blackmails, or harms in any way a homosexual.|
8. (US prison) sugar.
|AS VI:6 438: dirt, n. Prison term for sugar.‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
9. in drug uses.
(a) (US drugs, also dirt grass) marijuana, usu. very poor quality.
|Underground Dict. (1972) 67: dirt grass. Uncultivated low-quality marijuana.|
|A2Z 28/1: Where can you get any dirt in this town?et al.|
|Marijuana Gloss. [Internet] dirt – very poor quality dope.|
|Narcotics and Narcotic Addiction in Maurer Lang. Und. (1981).|
|Corner (1998) 442: June Bey had stolen things from the house; he had people doing dirt with him in the upstairs bedrooms.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 7: Dirt — Heroin.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 4 [TV script] Hisson is getting all fucked up and doing the dirt and getting high.‘Old Cases’|
10. (US) an alienated drug-taking youth, sometimes one who enjoys ‘Goth’ music and the associated lifestyle.
|Teenage Wasteland 99: While dirts (dirtbags, dirtballs, dirt merchants, dirtbombs) dress like they just walked out of 1968 — ‘freaks’ — they are wholly ‘today’s kids’ and full of contradictions.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Dirt (noun) A person who dresses in all black and often is associated with the music and the memorabilia of Marylin Manson.|
(US drugs) an individual who has low quality marijuana.
|Marijuana Gloss. [Internet] dirt devil – an individual who, on most occasions, has poor grade dope.|
(US black) any centre for (malicious) gossip.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 198: There were terms related to gossip and those who gossiped: dirt farm (source or place of gossip).|
see sense 10a above.
(US gay) to gossip maliciously.
|Queens’ Vernacular 34: blow some dirt to gossip, talk idly about others, backbite.|
(US black) to gossip, to malign.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 198: There were terms related to gossip and those who gossiped: [...] deal/do dirt (gossip, talk badly about someone). [Ibid.] 234: deal in dirt, do dirt 1. Gossip. 2. Talk badly (about another).|
|October Men 76: ‘Rough stuff,’ Steinbrenner said, ‘not only stories about the politicians but about their wives. Drinking. Sex. Very damn distasteful, if you ask me.’ George told me that he refused to deal in dirt.|
to gossip maliciously, to slander; thus dirt disher, a gossip; dirt-dishing adj., gossiping.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 101: Taking the pride of the household out for his evening stroll as the neighborhood dirt dishers stand by and dish it out.in Zwilling|
|AS VII:5 331: dish the dirt / dish the dope — ‘Let’s hear the gossip’; ‘What do you know?’.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 16: Dishing up the dirt to the young master can scarcely be described as gassing all over the place.|
|Hard-Boiled Detective (1977) 107: Dish us the dirt, and I don’t care how dirty you dish it.‘Take It and Like It’ in Ruhm|
|Spicy Detective Sept. [Internet] Hal Somers is a New York dirt-dishing columnist. He knows everything about everybody.‘Sleeping Dogs’ in|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 135: Their conversation was a series of laments and groans and criticisms of everyone else present. They called this dishing the joint.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 195: Come what might, the dirt would have to be dished.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 29: They drank more bouillon, popped more bennie and dished the dirt.|
|London Fields 78: Auxi cleaned the flat and dished the dirt.|
|Therapy (1996) 71: You don’t get any dirt if you don’t dish some yourself.|
|‘To Think That I Saw Him On Christopher Street’ [lyrics] And Bruno just smiled as he took off his shirt / And he said ‘Mary, please!’ as he dished out the dirt.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 221: She was dying to dish the dirt.|
1. to harm, to injure deliberately, often verbally; also ext. to a place.
|Ups and Downs of a Crook’s Life 18: I was very much afraid that Billy was going to ‘do me dirt’ by giving me the slip after I had got the boodle.|
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 12: ‘Look at deh dirt what yeh done me,’ he yelled. ‘Deh ol’ woman ’ll be raisin’ hell.’ [Ibid.] 52: Yer doin’ me dirt, Nell! I never taut ye’d do me dirt.|
|Powers That Prey 49: It ain’t a case o’ beefin’ on a pal, Dick; it’s a case o’ doin’ dirt by me an’ the kids.|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 200: I did you dirt onct, girl. And I’ve been a bad lot.|
|The Web in Ten ‘Lost’ Plays (1995) 57: But yuh wouldn’t have me pinched, would yuh, Steve? Yuh wouldn’t do me dirt like that?|
|Broadway Melody 97: We did her a lot of dirt the way we talked.|
|Green Ice (1988) 29: Donner did Red some dirt on the witness stand.|
|Street Corner Society (1955) 101: Finally he did me dirt.|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 7: His brother who always did him dirt in their partnership in the seed business.|
|Criminal (1993) 106: He done plenty dirt to me.|
|Godfather 320: He had done this bastard a real favor and he was acting as if he’d been done dirt.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 66: do one some dirt 1. bring another grief through gossip or lies.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 234: deal in dirt, do dirt [...] Talk badly (about another).|
|Rhyme Stew (1990) 25: Would you, for instance, give your shirt / To know who’s going to do you dirt?|
|Soul Circus 165: Why you want to go and do him dirt now?|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 127: He was always griping about how he’d been screwed, how this guy or that guy had done him dirt in a deal.|
|‘Mandem Salute’ [lyrics] Please don’t go on like your bad and know who’s who / You ain’t done dirt with the gang you’re a new yute.|
2. (also do dirt) to act in a deliberately immoral or unethical manner.
|Voodoo Tales 274: If I tek ter doin’ dirt, den Ise willin’ ter be jacky-me-lantuhn — an’ sarve me right, too!|
|Arizona Nights III 306: I’ve done you dirt. Cut my heart out, if you want to.|
|DN IV:ii 105: do (one) dirt, v. phr. To injure (one) in a contemptible way, especially betrayal.‘A Word-List From Kansas’ in|
|Limey 200: Somebody’s done you a whole heap o’ dirt an’ you’ve hit the bottom step with a bang.|
|On the Beach 205: To do her dirt for three month’s pleasure and nothing at the end of it – well [...] I may be a loose woman, but I don’t know that I’m all that loose.|
|Algiers Motel Incident 212: It’s more colored people that’s got criminal records than white people, and white people do just as much dirt as the colored people do.|
|Murder in Mount Holly (1999) 39: Or shall I tell you he was a big producer who did me dirt?|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 1: do dirt – to betray a friend.|
|Do or Die (1992) 89: This set is known for doin’ dirt, anyway, and they wanted to get back at my brother.|
|(con. 1990s) One of the Guys 83: Most girls [...] described criminal acts (‘doing dirt’) as a way to raise one’s rank.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 7 [TV script] I do some dirt too, but I ain’t never put my gun on nobody who wasn’t in the game.‘One Arrest’|
|Drama City 150: The pillars kept dealers and killers from doing their dirt where mothers walked and children played.|
|‘New National Anthem’ [lyrics] Yeah I had felonies, I done did dirt in the streets.|
3. to pass on gossip.
|Queens’ Vernacular 66: do one some dirt [...] 2. tell some juicy morsel of news ‘Do me some dirt, girl!’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 234: deal in dirt, do dirt 1. Gossip.|
see do the dirties under dirty n.
see do someone the dirty under dirty n.
(Aus./N.Z.) to malign, to slander.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: A tug named Tyball (cousin to the skirt) / Sprags ’em an’ makes a start to sling off dirt.‘The Play’ in|
|Boys’ Realm 16 Jan. 267: There’s a certain type of fellow who delights in slinging dirt.|
|Bobbin Up (1961) 18: ‘Don’t you sling shit at me,’ she shrieked. ‘Don’t you throw up at me about the kids on the State and one dead.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(US black) to malign, to slander.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
SE in slang uses
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
(Irish) a general term of abuse.
|Dazzling Dark (1996) Act I: I’m not a dirt bird. I’m not scum.A Picture of Paradise in McGuinness|
|Irish Times 8 July [Internet] You [Bertie Ahern] were a dirt-bird, always looking to give someone a kick .|
see dirtball n.
|Cockade (1965) Act I: Placed smartly up his dirt box – for the twice as quick to Damascus.‘John Thomas’ in|
|(ref. to 1940s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 133: Well, you can shove that up your dirt box as far as you can poke it.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: dirtbox n. Rectum.|
|Get Your Cock Out 57: Does my penchant for hornsmoking and being slammed up the dirtbox bother you at all?|
|Viva La Madness 98: I’ll do ya up the shitter [...] You love it up the dirtbox, you posh slags!|
1. (US) the anus.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 312/2: 1979.|
|‘Horny Family’ at mrdouble.com [Internet] ‘Your mommy is getting it up her ass!’ [...] Jason couldn’t believe it. How fucking horny was that! His mom taking her black boss up the dirt chute.|
2. an insult.
|Dark Angel episode 9 ‘Red’ at DarkAngelFan.com [Internet] Don’t tell me your conscience got the better of you. Three-plus decades of being a world-class dirt chute and all of a sudden you wake up one morning and have to do the right thing.|
1. (US, Southern/Western) a poor farmer.
|End as a Man (1963) 76: He dressed okay, not like a dirtdobber, or the way a nigger’ll dress.|
|Band of Brothers 242: A dirt farmer [...] a dirt dauber.|
2. (US, Southern/Western) a worthless person.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 9: Hey, dirt-dobber! [...] Who are you?|
3. (US campus) a sandal.
|in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970) 18: Guatemaly dirt dobbers, n. Sandals.|
1. (US) a poor white; also attrib.; thus derog. adj. dirt-eating.
|in DA].Judicial Cases II 392: The defendant drew a receipt for the purchase money [...] in which he stated [...] (they) were dirt eaters [|
|Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs (1851) 88: ‘Whar do you aim to bury your dead Injuns, Cap’en?’ sarcastically inquired the little dirt-eater. ‘I’ll bury you, you little whifflin fice,’ said Captain Suggs in a rage.|
|Humor of the Old Deep South (1936) 121: ‘Is it a rail woman in thar?’ asked a skeptical dirt-eater.‘The Elephant in Lafayette’ Tales of Alabama in Hudson|
|Life in Dixie’s Land 190: The dirt-eater did as he was bidden.|
|Hoosier School-Master (1892) 101: These bands of desperadoes still found among the ‘poor whitey,’ ‘dirt-eater’ class.|
|DA].Whig Party in So. 189: The disunion men [c. 1851] [...] tried to discredit the Union movement in the eyes of Democrats by applying to it such epithets as [...] ‘Dirt-eaters’ [|
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 11: clay-eater, dirt-eater. Poor whites who eat clay.|
|Long Trail from Texas 130: Why don’t ya tell this bunch a’ dirt-eatin’ shorthorns ta go ta hell.|
|A Treasury of Amer. Folklore 322: Pineywoods tackies, hill-billies, dirt-eaters, clay-eaters.|
|Walk on the Wild Side 10: The Lord just don’t want a bunch of dirt-eating buggers walking the Streets of Gold.|
|Entrapment (2009) 261: You’re my kind of cop [...] you dirt-eating toad.‘No More Christmases’ in|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 130: Dumbass cracker [...] Dirt-eating Willy Cornbread.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 118: A poor Southern white, a.k.a. clay-eater.|
2. (US) a toady.
|Democrat & Chron. (Rochester, NY) 6 May 2/3: He is head flunkey and dirt-eater to every despicable titled thing.|
see dirtbag n.
see dirtball n.
see separate entries.
see separate entry.
see dirt road n.
(US) one who has abandoned most if not all the normal standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
|JamBands.com mag. [Internet] As grating as it can be to hear that dirt-surfer say it, we really *are* all brothers and sisters under the skin.|
a male homosexual, a sodomite.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 12: dirt tamper (n.): A pedicator. (Slang.) (See tamp (Oxford Dictionary): To ram home; to ram down hard.).|
|Queens’ Vernacular 17: the man who fucks in anal intercourse, as opposed to the one who is fucked [...] dirt tamper (’40s).|
see separate entry.
1. (US, also dig (the) dirt) to throw oneself to the ground.
|N.Y. Press 4 July in Unforgettable Season (1981) 114: Titus did not slide [...] and the failure to hit the dirt cost him $25.|
|Mohave County Miner (AZ) 3 Nov. 1/2: The car [...] skidded and pitched all the occupants out. They hit the dirt head on.|
|Disinherited 183: Now you bums unload out o’ there! Hit the dirt!|
|Walk in Sun 15: Take them a hundred yards up from the barge and hit the dirt. [Ibid.] 119: He dug dirt again as a row of bullets passed over him.|
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 27: He must have been caught in an artillery barrage and didn’t know enough to hit the dirt.|
|Carlito’s Way 39: He didn’t see nuthin’, he hit the dirt.|
|7 December 1941 82: The colonel hit the dirt and stayed there for the remainder of the first wave attack.|
|(con. WWII)et al. Capture of Attu 120: I had made three or four dashes, the bullets whistling around me, and I hit the dirt again.|
2. to run away, to leave quickly.
|El Paso Herald (TX) 26 July n.p.: Never fiddle round and stall— / Hit the dirt!|
|Travels of Tramp-Royal 231: We drummed-up, smoked, yarned, then hit the dirt. Through woods, over moors.|
|Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 63: And, Cotton, hit the dirt! You won’t have a chance with that damned bunch of killers.|
|The Weekend Warriors 28: Not willing to surrender, I tried to hit the dirt to get out of his field of fire.|