[mid-16C–1920s] a fool, a simpleton.
[mid–late 17C] an idle simpleton.
1. [early 16C–early 19C] (also calves foot head) a fool.
2. [19C] a white-faced man with a large head.
[mid-19C–1910s] (UK Und.) pretending that perfectly normal goods have supposedly been stolen; a greater price can thus be asked, since some customers like the idea of obtaining stolen goods.
[1970s] (US) to lose control, to have an emotional fit.
SE in slang uses
see holler calf-rope under holler v.
1. [1920s+] (US) a meringue topping for pastry.
2. [2000s] foam on a glass of beer.
[mid-19C] the three weeks immediately before a holiday period, usu. Christmas, characterized in shops and factories by an increasingly heavy workload and concomitantly higher pay; note cite 1906 for specific naming.