Green’s Dictionary of Slang

white n.

1. with reference to silver money.

(a) (UK Und.) a counterfeit shilling.

[UK]W. Perry London Guide 3: A ‘jobber’ [...] who ‘hung about’ the Queen’s Head, corner of St John’s Street [...] was always furnished with good smooth whites; which [...] was flash for bad shillings.

(b) (Aus.) a shilling.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 July 12/2: A man got fined […] for saying ‘Quack, quack!’ to another man. The other man, disapproving of this quack-quacking (which is comparatively unmeaning), ‘pulled’ the quacker, and he was mulct in the sum of 10 ‘white.’ [Ibid.] 15 Aug. 9/1: Twas in the old times, mind you, this – / The date you’d vainly seek – / When all that leading ladies ‘copp’d’ / Was sixty ‘white’ a week.
[UK]Sporting Times 27 May 1/5: Once outside, it seemed to the pug a sin and a shame to squander two reds in Piccadilly on that which could be obtained down Gravel Lane for two whites — with a kosher smoke thrown in!

2. with ref. to intoxicating drinks.

(a) gin.

[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry III v: It’s contraband article here – white is Max, and red is Cognac.
[UK] ‘The Slap-Up Cracksman’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 42: Here’s the cove with oil and white.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 129: Vhite [sic], gin.
[US]Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 13 Nov. in AS III:3 254: White – Gin.
[US] ‘Und. “Lingo” Brought Up-to-Date’ L.A. Times 8 Nov. K16: WHITE: Gin; alcohol.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US](con. 1920s–30s) Goldin et al. DAUL 236/2: White. (Prohibition-era term used between retailers and customers) Gin.
[[US](con. 1926) G. Fowler Schnozzola 100: Social unequals, the Piping Rock boys and the White Rock boys, got up to participate in the entertainment, and the ladies and the flossies became sisters under the gin].

(b) (US) any form of alcohol.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 194: White.– Alcohol.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

(c) (Aus.) methylated spirits.

[Aus]J.M. Hosking Aus. First and Last 69: The Chinese have their poppy; in Brazil there’s mescal too [...] We consult the Lady in white when nothing else will do [...] (Ever take metho on?). [Ibid.] 98: Do not touch the ‘white’, which lightens up the darkest night. / Metho can kill you on your feet.

3. with ref. to the colour of various drugs.

(a) morphine, heroin.

[US]K. McGaffey Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xi: It is my personal opinion that she sniffs the white. She either does that or jabs, though it don’t show on her arm.
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 87: white [...] Current amongst morphine habitues. Morphine. Example: ‘How many times a day are you shooting the white?’.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 28: Each Santa contains enough of the white to junk up half of the good old U.S.A.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 147: What’s waiting for us is Mexican brown, different from the white we’ve been shooting.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 112: Said he got some white comin in. I’m talkin about keys.

(b) (orig. UK Und.) cocaine.

[UK] ‘English Und. Sl.’ in Variety 8 Apr. n.p.: White — Cocaine.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 339: white, white girl: Cocaine.
[US]J. Wambaugh Finnegan’s Week 176: Through your nasal canal has passed more white than they see at Pillsbury Mills.
D. Vrij ‘Tying Off’ on [Internet] When Dalton explained that Carlos wasn’t answering his phone, and that he wanted two blacks and a white, he was told, 12th and Jackson 20 minutes [...] Suffice it to say that about an hour later, Carlos rolled up dropped two grams of chiva, a gram of coke, and the new cell phone number.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 214: She could have found a gun or a kilo of something white.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 61: If they’re droppin yer phone, they can set up the system so it recognizes keywords [...] coke, or white, or oats.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 290: The older O’Malleys were all mad alcoholics while the younger ones were lost to the brown and the white.
86 ‘Mostman’ [lyrics] I got run a white for the kiddies, that means i got pepper and salt.

(c) amphetamine.

[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]L. Rodríguez Always Running (1996) 54: Pills they called colies or blancas (colies was short for coloradas, which meant ‘reds’ or downers; blancas stood for ‘whites’, uppers).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 22: White — Heroin; amphetamine.

(d) crack cocaine; also attrib.

[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 18: Jake has been sniffing until it’s time to pick and pack the white chips.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 26: The ‘res’ or ‘white,’ is a good hit.
[UK]Dizzee Rascal in Vice Mag. at [Internet] Crack’s bad. I’ve seen heroin fuck up lives: it’s the devil’s drug. To be honest I don’t know which one’s worse. Some people buy both, two brown, one white.
[UK]Camden New Journal (London) 13 Mar. 2: Undercover police described how they bought wraps of ‘white and brown.’.
Jeezy ‘All There’ [lyrics] My youngins slanging white like it's still the 80’s.

4. (US) a white-wall tyre.

[US]J. Ellroy Hilliker Curse 10: The new Buick was a full-dress road hog. It had wide whites and more chrome than the Plunder Road death sled.

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