Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fuck, the phr.

also fuck, t.f.

1. (also in the fuck, in the eff) var. on hell, the phr. (1) used in questions, e.g. what the fuck...? phr.

[[UK]J.S. Le Fanu Uncle Silas II 88: And why the puck don’t you let her out, you stupe?].
[US](con. 1910s) H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 278: An’ de nex’ time watch out who de fuck yer chas-in’.
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 291: Son of a bitch! Where in the fuck’s that truck?
[UK]K. Amis letter 24 Oct. in Leader (2000) 99: Whey the fock do they pinrt [sic] them eh.
[UK]C. Lee diary 9 Feb. in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 51: The Captain’s passing. Wants to know what the fuck’s going on.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 51: How in the fuck should I know?
[US]J.A. Williams Night Song (1962) 161: How in the eff are the pegs sellin’, you mother!
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 333: Where in the fuck’ve you been?
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 3 Oct. in Proud Highway (1997) 641: Why the fuck should I?
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 17: I don’t know why the fuck I come down here every week.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 134: Who the fuck are you trying to impress?
[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 267: How the fuck can some guy just walk up to the man who assassinated the 35th President of the United States of America and shoot him dead?
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 221: Who the fuck does he think he is?
[UK](con. 1977) D. Peace Nineteen seventy-seven 4: Where the fuck’s Maurice?
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 2: Well, where the fuck is he?
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 156: Hes also property developer, luxury car dealer, former diplomatic whatever-the-fuck to the overseas development department of wherever-the-fuck.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Family’ in Turning (2005) 182: Why the fuck are you here?
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 12: Fuck’s in a name?
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] The fuck did you come from?
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 10: T.F. — the fuck : ‘Where t.f. is our personalized snapchat story for the game?’.
[UK]Guardian Guide 21 May 11/2: How the fuck was I gonna biuy a house.

2. as infix, e.g. shut the fuck up.

[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 488: I’ll take care of it. Be right the fuck back.
[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 273: I might blow my top [...] if people don’t start leaving me the fuck alone!
[US]A. Baraka Slave in Three Negro Plays (1969) Act I: But just sit the fuck down.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 323: Will you put him the fuck away?
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 50: Well come the fuck on in and quit that damn yellin’!
[US]D. Mamet Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 95: That pisses the fuck off outta me.
[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 79: I want you to just shut the fuck up.
[US]S. King It (1987) 578: I’m going to eat you right the fuck up!
[US]S. King Misery (1988) 24: You’re effing right, Annie, coming right the eff up?
[US](con. 1970s) J. Pistone Donnie Brasco (2006) 269: I’ll blow the fuck everybody up.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 88: Mick, what are you doing way the fuck out here?
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 414: Shut up the fuck! said Jimmy Sr.
[US]C. Hiaasen Native Tongue 30: Hey, lighten the fuck up. She’s an old lady, Danny. Old ladies never lie.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 14: Snapper instructed her to shut the holy fuck up.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 155: Chill the fuck out, okay?
[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 52: Just let me the fuck in.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 40: Tell him to get his hair the fuck out of his face.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 70: A brother [...] instructed him to sit his ‘narrow ass the fuck on down’.
[UK]Guardian 4 Mar. 25: Wake da fuck up, Nottingham.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 532: Shut the fuck up.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Target’ Wire ep. 1 [TV script] Sit the fuck down, Detective.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I was turning into a sissy, a nancy, a goddam girl. Toughen the fuck up.
[UK]Guardian 8 Aug. [Internet] These ‘role models’, he tweeted, ‘need to speak the fuck up [and] help stop this’.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 6: ‘Back the fuck up,’ she yelled.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] The joke as always was right the fuck on me.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 164: I wish he’d shut the fuck up.

3. a general intensifier implying quantity or intensity; a var. on hell, the phr. (3)

[US](con. 1960s) D. Goines Whoreson 221: Well, I sure the fuck ain’t no dopefiend.
[US]A. Maupin More Tales of the City (1984) 9: Almost anything beats the fuck out of Cleveland.
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 473: He took another hunk of the mullet and chewed fuck out of it.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: The Millennium Eve dilemma doesn’t really exist if you love the fuck out of hip-hop.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 3: – the fuck outta – do something well and completely: We ate the fuck outta that pizza.

4. a general intensifier used to express anger, annoyance, impatience; a var. on hell, the phr. (2)

[US]R. Stone Dog Soldiers (1976) 88: ‘You’re not a self-respecting person.’ ‘The fuck I ain’t.’.
[US]S. King Christine 401: ‘He didn’t know anything,’ Junkins said. ‘The fuck he didn’t,’ Mercer said.
T. MacIntyre Good Eve., Mr Collins I ii: That litttle get Ryan should be sent on a long holiday or more to the point put under but fuck the bit of you would listen to a word I was saying.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 57: Do you think all that stuff was legitimately bought and sold? The fuck it was.

5. the essence, the spirit, ‘the daylights’, e.g. slap the fuck out of.

[UK]Observer Mag. 22 Aug. 14: And I’ll make sure I slap the fuck out of you before I’m done.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 145: I bang fuck out uv Colm’s durr.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 59: If four black lads knocked fuck out of us, there and then, they’d think that was alright.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 100: We’re gonna smash the f— out of ’em.

6. abbr. of what the fuck...? phr. (1) or vars.; the question word is implied.

[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 73: The fuck you doing playing blackjack?
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 8: The fuck’re you doin’ there [...] You got time enough, fuck around on those roads?
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 26: The fuck you trying to do, huh?
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 80: Sonny, the fuck is going on here ya think? [...] Then Jube, in as soft a voice as Sonny’d heard from the man asking, Son? The fuck is happening to us?
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 33: De fokk you tokkin about?
[US]P. Beatty Tuff 106: ‘Fuck kind of theory is that?’ Clifford groused.
[US]K. Huff A Steady Rain I i: denny: The fuck is Rhonda? joey: She split.
[US]C.W. Ford Deuce’s Wild 118: ‘Fuck you doin’ back here?’ he asked.

In phrases

get the fuck out (v.)

to leave, to go away; the use of fuck intensifies the urgency.

[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 288: I want to get the fuck out of here.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 222: She flipped her cigarette at the car and told him ta get the fuck outtahere.
[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 68: I’m gonna get the fuck out of this hole!
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 223: Fuck off = get the fuck out of here.
[US]Pileggi & Scorsese Goodfellas [film script] 30: Will you get the fuck out of here.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 135: I wanted to get the f-u-c-k out of the place.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 218: Sensi & me pile Krypton scrap an non-ferrous metal on top an a load other shit an get the fuck out.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘She wanted to get the fuck out of the hospitality industry’.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 125: Sonny wants to get the fuck out.
kick (the) fuck out of (v.)

to beat someone up severely.

[UK]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 89: When the party got out of hand and he tried to leave they kicked the fuck out of him.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 147: Got him in the shithouse, kicked fuck out of him.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 163: We’ll all be in jail and we won’t be able to kick fuck out of the nonces.
[Aus] G. Johnstone ‘No Through Road’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] We [...] watch Dudikoff kick the fuck out of an entire army of lesser ninjas.
scare the fuck out of (v.)

to terrify.

[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 149: Such people really scared the fuck out of Renton.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 158: I was scared the fuck to death about from [sic] having sex.

In exclamations

get the fuck out!

1. an intensified var. on go away!

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 855: Get the f-- out of my way.
[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 175 ‘Get the fuck outta here!’ he screamed.
[UK](con. 1950s–60s) in G. Tremlett Little Legs 129: You get the fuck. That means, fuck off.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Bitches Ain’t Shit’ [lyrics] Get’s the fuck out after you’re done.
Korn ‘Good God’ [lyrics] on Life Is Peachy [album] You stole my life without a sign / You sucked me dry. / Why dont you get the fuck out of my face, now?
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 90: Take Carlie Brown here and get the fuck out!
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 36: If you don’t go to school and work then get the fuck out.

2. an intensified var. on get out of here! and similar phr. of (joc.) disbelief.

[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 20: ‘You cop out?’ ‘Yeah, I cop out.’ ‘You cop a plea?’ ‘Yeah, man, I cop a plea. Now will you get the fuck outta here?’.
[UK]C. Knight We Shall Not Die 58: Run, Panca! Get di fuck out! Babylon!
[US]A. Rodriguez Spidertown (1994) 40: She laughed, striking his chest with a pointed foot. ‘Get the fuck.’.
[UK]Observer Mag. 4 Jan. 20: Get the fuck out of here! that’s crazy.