Green’s Dictionary of Slang

meat n.

1. [16C+] a body, usu. a woman’s, as an object of sexual pleasure.

2. [mid-16C+] (also lump of meat, piece of meat) the penis.

3. [17C+] the vagina; also attrib.

4. [mid-19C+] (orig. US) one’s body or flesh.

5. [mid-19C+] prey, as in he’s my meat referring to a potential victim.

6. [late 19C+] a prostitute; thus fresh meat, a novice prostitute; raw meat, a woman in flagrante delicto; the price of meat, the cost of a prostitute.

7. [late 19C+] (orig. US) a person (or thing) that fits the bill, meets one’s needs.

8. [20C+] (US) a corpse, a wounded person; also attrib.

9. [1920s+] (orig. US) a person of another race as an object of sexual gratification, constructed with a colour; thus dark meat n. (2); white meat n. (2)

10. [1960s+] (US) an inferior person, poss. physically robust but mindless or gullible, thus often used to describe sportsmen; also affectionate use.

11. [1980s] (US) in pl., a set of car tyres.

12. (US Und.) a bodyguard.

In compounds

meat axe (n.)

[1970s] (US) the penis.

meatbag (n.)

1. [mid–late 19C] the stomach.

2. [1990s+] a heavily muscled man.

meat balls (n.)

[1930s] (US black) the testicles.

meat basket (n.)

[1940s] a portable wicker ‘coffin’ used to convey a corpse to the morgue.

meatbeater (n.)

[1980s+] a masturbator, esp. one who masturbates excessively; thus a general term of abuse.

meat cart (n.) (also meat crate)

[1930s–40s] (US) a hearse.

meat curtains (n.)

[1990s+] the female vaginal lips or labia majora.

meat fancier’s (n.)

[19C] a brothel.

meat-flasher (n.)

[late 19C–1910s] an exhibitionist, one who exposes themselves indecently; thus meat-flashing, exhibitionism.

meat horn (n.)

[1950s] the penis.

meathound (n.) [-hound sfx ] [1930s–60s]

1. (US) a lecher.

2. (US black) one who indulges in oral sex [they eat v. (4) their partner].

meat house (n.) [house n.1 (1)/SE house]

1. [late 19C] (US) one’s body.

2. [late 19C–1960s] (also meat shop) a brothel.

3. [1930s] (US police) a morgue.

meat injection (n.)

[1980s+] (orig. US) an act of penetration by the penis.

meat lance (n.) (also meat spear, meat stick)

[1970s+] (US) the penis.

meat mag (n.) [mag n.4 (1)]

[1970s] (US) a magazine of homosexual pornography.

meat market (n.)

see separate entry.

meat-merchant (n.)

[late 19C] a prostitute.

meat-monger (n.)

[late 18C–19C] a womanizer, a philanderer.

meat packer (n.) [play on SAmE meatpacker]

[1940s] (US) an undertaker.

meat puppet (n.) [SE puppet, both ‘jump up and down’] (US)

1. [1980s+] a gullible person.

2. [1990s+] the penis.

meat rack (n.)

see separate entry.

meat salesman (n.)

[1970s] a pimp.

meat shot (n.)

[1990s+] (US) a flesh wound.

meat skewer (n.)

[late 19C] the penis.

meat-trap (n.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) the mouth.

meat wagon (n.) [lit. and fig. uses of sense 9 above + SE wagon]

1. [1910s+] (US) an ambulance.

2. [1940s+] a vehicle used for conveying prisoners to and from court, police stations, prisons etc, a general police van.

3. [1940s+] (US, also meat truck) a hearse.

4. [1980s] a large, expensive automobile.

meat whistle (n.)

[1930s+] (US) the penis, esp. as an object of fellatio.

meat-works (n.)

[1940s] (Aus.) a brothel.

In phrases

beat one’s meat (v.) [1940s+] (orig. US)

1. (also flog one’s meat) to masturbate; also fig. and in dismissive phr. go beat your meat!

2. to brag, to boast.

bit of meat (n.) [early 18C+]

1. the vagina.

2. sexual intercourse.

3. a woman considered as nothing more than a sex object.

black meat (n.)

1. [20C+] a black woman’s genitals.

2. a black woman.

bust one’s meat (v.)

[2000s] (UK black) of a man, to ejaculate.

don’t let your meat loaf [pun on SE loaf, the food/loaf, to loiter]

[1960s+] (US) a general phr. of encouragement, the implication being ‘don’t procrastinate’.

fond of meat (adj.)

[19C+] used to describe a man who is fond of sex, esp. with prostitutes.

give someone some meat (v.) (also give someone some)

[1970s+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

hang one’s meat (v.)

[1900s–10s] (US) of a man, to urinate.

have a bit of meat (v.)

[late 19C+] to have sexual intercourse.

hawk one’s meat (v.)

[19C] to display one’s body.

light meat (n.)

[1960s] (US) white people, usu. women, considered as sex objects.

lump of meat (n.)

see sense 2 above .

make cold meat of (v.) [var. on SE phr. make mincemeat of]

[mid-19C+] (orig. US) to kill.

meat and two veg (n.) (also meat and two bits)

[1960s+] the penis and testicles.

meat for your master (n.)

[mid-18C] that which is considered out of reach of the speaker, and due only to their superiors.

piece of meat (n.)

see sense 2 above .

pound one’s meat (v.) [1950s+] (US)

to masturbate.

pound someone’s meat (v.) [1950s+] (US)

to have sexual intercourse.

pull on one’s meat (v.)

[1930s+] to masturbate.

pump one’s meat (v.)

[1970s–80s] to masturbate.

put the meat to (v.) (also throw the meat to)

[1960s–70s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

sink one’s meat (v.)

[1930s] (US) to have sexual intercourse.

swinging on the meat (phr.)

see under swing v.

take meat in/up the back (v.)

[1960s] (US) to submit to anal intercourse.

take one’s meat out of the basket (v.)

[1940s+] (gay) to reveal one’s genitals to another man.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

meat axe (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entries.

meatbrain (n.)

[1960s+] (orig. US) a fool.

meat-eater (n.) [antonym of grass-eater under grass n.1 ]

[1970s+] (US Und.) a police officer who, not content with the payoffs, bribes and perks that are freely offered, actively compels people to offer him such monies.

meat fosh (n.) [var. on fish-fosh, kedgeree]

[late 19C] hash, stew.

Meat-Freezer (n.)

see separate entry.

meat-grinder (n.) (US)

1. a shotgun.

2. [1940s–50s] a car with a loud engine.

3. [1950s+] any tough situation or place in which an elimination process is being carried out, such as training.

4. [1990s+] someone who controls one and renders one’s life unpleasant.

meathead (n.)

see separate entry.

meathook (n.)

1. [mid–late 19C] a curl on the temple, then fashionable among London cockneys; thus in pl., curls in general.

2. [1910s+] (Aus./US) the arm.

3. [1910s+] (US) a hand; often in pl.

4. [1970s] (US) the penis .

meat man (n.)

[20C+] (US black) an ordinary person.

meat-mincer (n.)

[mid-19C] in boxing, the mouth.

meat pie (adj.)

see separate entry.

meat-safe (n.)

[mid-19C] (US) the mouth.

meat trap (n.) [SE trap/trap n.1 (5)]

[mid-19C+] (Aus./US) the mouth.

meat water (n.)

[1940s+] (W.I.) stock, soup.

In phrases

meat and drink (n.)

1. [19C] drunken love-making.

2. [late 19C] (W.I.) strong drink in general, but spec. liquor thickened with egg yolks.

meat and potatoes

see separate entries.

meat and two veg (adj.) [the stereotypically basic dish, roast meat, potatoes and cabbage]

[20C+] plain, unadorned, ‘no-frills’.

meat-drink-washing-and-lodging (n.) [its image as a universal panacea]

[early–mid-18C] gin.

meat-in-the-pot (n.) [its use in obtaining food]

[mid-19C–1940s] (US, mainly Western) a rifle, a shotgun, a revolver.