1. (orig. US) applied to any thing or person considered bad, obnoxious, unpleasant, inferior, worthless, e.g. a shit teacher.
|Sel. Letters (1981) 162: All criticism is shit anyway.letter 23 May in Baker|
|letter 24 June in Charters I (1995) 320: Lucien thinks it’s shit.|
|Billy Liar (1962) 181: You think you’re it but you’re shit!|
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 212: Someone figured it for a shit detail.|
|Kings Road 211: Get over here fast, and cool that shit talk!|
|Choirboys (1976) 139: People are shit. They’re scum.|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 31: She wasn’t going to take no shit duty from no mick dick.|
|Yes We have No 141: Shit is his life, but his life’s not shit.|
|Nature Girl 21: It was a shit job, anyway.|
|Guardian 8 Aug. [Internet] How about you go and pay rent to the landlord, earn shit money doing a labouring job.|
|Panopticon (2013) 159: How come the nice people always get the shit nick.|
|Observer (London) New Rev. 19 Feb. 7/3: ‘Even if I was the shittest prick on earth’.|
2. untidy, unkempt.
|Owning Up (1974) 99: We could dress in shit order, fall about drunk, and tell people who criticized us or our music to get stuffed.|
3. on the bad = good model, excellent, first-rate.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 112: So, sure to hell, he tells me I wasn’t shit, that I was fucking around.|
|Guardian Rev. 8 Oct. 21: DJ Gregg has [...] a Peavey bass guitar he says is ‘really shit’.|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: This serious ill shit bit of kit.|
4. (UK black) any.
|Dirty South 44: I ain’t got shit qualifications.|