1. (also hops) beer [later use is Aus/N.Z./US black].
|Men of Character II 110: The abbot, danced [...] with a hooped flaggon in his hand and a cask upon his head, crying aloud the while, ‘hops! – your highness – hops!’.|
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 3 Dec. 17/7: ‘There are a great many terms for drink [...] ‘hops’ for beer.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Aug. 13/4: [T]he hop-ballasted person has a good chance of being sober by the time he is gathered to the police station.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Slanguage [...] Cross out the incorrect: word or phrase in the following sentences: [...] ‘Solomon was ’ot stuff (a doer) with the tabbies (tarts) and a fair cow (a whale) on the shicker (’ops)’.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 254: Hop, beer.|
|A Man And His Wife (1944) 15: He told me he was keeping strictly off the hops.‘White Man’s Burden’ in|
|Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast 68: The Bull and Bush [...] which I sometimes visit if we [...] run out of hops.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 145: My own taste for the hops is very powerful, and I had no intention of spending a beerless weekend.|
|Rooted II iii: gary: Been down the rubbity lately? bentley: No, I haven’t hit the hops for a couple of weeks.|
|Black Jargon in White America 69: hops n. beer.|
2. (US prison) tea.
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Hops. Tea.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
see separate entry.
(US) a saloon bar; also attrib.
|‘The Dream’ in Rainbow in Morning (1965) 160: I knocked her down on the hop-joint floor; / Mr. Townsend took at me wid his fo’ty-fo’.|
|DN IV:iii 226: hop-joint, n. A saloon.‘A West Texas Word List’ in|
|Old-Time Saloon 13: Open gambling houses, open pool-rooms and convenient hop-joints are not tolerated.|
|[||Handley Cross (1854) 92: Her Majesty is so truly patriotic as to indulge in the juice of the hop].|
|Artie (1963) 49: That just goes to show what the hop-juice’ll do for you.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 95: There’s more joy over one sinner what repenteth than you’n me ud get out iv er whole bar’l iv hop juice.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Oct. 48/2: Th’ boss here kin tell yu that sometimes I have ta drink fa th’ best part of a day before th’ hop juice gets right home. I hope yous blokes never git th’ dry ’orrers.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 328: He in Borough kept a slop shop, / Exactly o’er against a hop shop.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 89: [as cit. 1772].|
(Aus.) to enjoy drinking beer.
|Argot in DAUS (1993) 95/2: go the hops [...] To be partial to beer.|
|Big Smoke 116: I was on the hops yesty and last night and didn’t feel up to seeing the Lord.|
|Norm and Ahmed (1973) 24: Go up with your mates and get on the hops.|