1. life; thus (UK Und.) lagged for one’s wind, transported for one’s natural life.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 279: A man transported for his natural life is said to be lag’d for his wind.|
|Real Life in London I 459–60: That vas a good one, it has altered her weather-cock and shifted her wind.|
2. (UK Und.) courage.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
SE in slang uses
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a cocked hat.
|Shelley 21: His face [...] surmounted by the venerable ‘wind-cutter’, or cocked-hat [OED].|
see separate entries.
|Othello III i: clo.: Are these [...] wind-instruments? 1st muse: Ay, marry, are they, sir. clo.: O! thereby hangs a tail. 1st muse: Whereby hangs a tale, sir? clo.: Marry, sir, by many a wind-instrument that I know.|
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(W.I., Bdos/Trin.) no food, nothing to eat.
|cited in Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996) 606/2: wind-pies [...] wind-sandwich [...] wind-pies and air sausages [...] wind-pies and nutten-chops [...] wind-sandwich and breeze-pie. Nothing whatever to eat, no food in the house.|
see air pudding under air n.
see windbag n. (2)
(US black) a thin overcoat.
|(con. 1930s–50s) Night People 118: Windsheet. Thin overcoat.|
(US) a table napkin.
|Wash. Post 10 Dec. 4/5: The gentleman who is wearing an ‘ice’ [...] will be careful to tuck a ‘windshield’ in his collar to protect his ‘rag’ from stray drops of soup.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
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1. a worn-out horse, fit only for slaughter [its heavy breathing].
|Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 51: Working out whose horse had a cough, whose was a wind-sucker.|
|Vetinarian 1 Apr. 251: Mr. Hardy, of Grantham, a veterinary surgeon, examined the mare and passed her, and she was sent to the plaintiff’s stables, where it was discovered that she was a very bad ‘wind-sucker’.|
|Scot. Law Rev. V 356: Mr. Russell warrnated that the colt was not a wind-sucker or crib-biter.|
|Wallace’s Mthly 19 376/2: One other trick: The dealer wants to get rid of a wind-sucker or club-biter. He is brought into the sale-ring at the last moment.|
2. (US) a braggart [the expulsion of wind, i.e. breath].
|Wit Without Money IV i: Husbands, you puppies, husbands for Whores and Bawdes, away with you wind-suckers; doe not looke bigge, nor prate.|
|Maronides (1678) V 71: For shame then let not this wind-sucker / At our disgrace thus sneer and snicker.|
|Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 15 May 9/1: Flapper Dictionary wind-sucker – A braggart.|
extremely long sideburns, e.g. the paies as worn by an orthodox Jew, occas. also other facial hair.
|I Need The Money 65: With the store clothes, and the wig [...] and the neat little group of wind-teasers on the chin.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 195: Wind Tormentors. Whiskers, especially those of luxuriant, heavy growth.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 769: Boy, what wind tormentors that old Abie had! They fell halfway down his chest.Judgement Day in|
(Aus.) a sailboarder.
|Girls’ Night Out 191: ‘Aren’t you a wind wanker, mate?’ Bruce interrogated, hostile as buggery.|
|Tracks Oct. 46: When it is two foot dribble and a screaming trade wind is playing host to 50,000 wind wankers you might start to feel left out of it.|
(US black) to run away.
|‘Cant of the Disadvantaged, Socially Maladjusted, Secondary School Child’ in Urban Education Jan. 108: catching the wind: leaving, running away.|
1. to leave, to depart quickly.
|Hustler 164: I saw these two mens comin’ behind me walkin’ pretty fast. [...] I crossed the street to get in the wind.|
|Cop Team 134: They had lost him again. ‘He must have got into the wind,’ Telano said.|
|🎵 Me and my homies are in the wind.‘Good Times’|
|Them (2008) 14: ‘I’ma stay home and chill.’ ‘Suit yourself. Me, I gotta get in the wind.’.|
|Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘That’s when his buddies [...] natch him up and they’re in the wind’.|
2. as imper., go away!
|‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in Life (1976) 77: So get in the wind, go where you been.et al.|
|On the Yard (2002) 157: You go one week to come up with fifteen packs. That’s it [...] Now, get in the wind.|
1. to become nervous.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 31/1: I don’t want to say anything more about it just now, for fear he gets ‘wind.’.|
|No Man’s Land 226: No need to get your wind up.|
|Lingo of No Man’s Land 39: GETTING WIND UP Tommy says the Germans are ‘getting wind up’ when they are so nervous and jumpy in expectation of an attack that they begin firing without a good cause—at shadows and imaginary objects.|
|A Rough Y.M. Bloke 54: He had the ‘wind up’ them properly.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Eventually the model ‘S.M. Herald’ leader will read like this [...] Put it all over Dud the Chair ’e did, fair the doos. [...] No wonder Dud ’ad the wind vertical.|
|Coonardoo 60: Sam got the wind up about there being no water and the camel’s clearing out.|
|(con. WWI) Flesh in Armour 166: ‘They think you’ve got the wind up for nothing’.|
|Babe is Wise 313: There was just a chance o’ Mac being put off, or he thought there was — got the wind up, you know, coz other firms was chucking ’em out right an’ left.|
|Sparkling Cyanide (1955) 171: She’s got the wind up badly, poor kid.|
|Died in the Wool (1963) 233: Albie had the wind up [...] I’d say he’d taken the whisky.|
|Jimmy Brockett 223: I had the wind up, at first, that the war would frigg things up.|
|Till Human Voices Wake Us 25: I had the wind up about which jail I’d land up in.|
|Shiralee 216: Don’t get the wind up, Donny, [...] Nobody’s going to hurt you.|
|Ghost Squad 166: I had the wind up in no uncertain manner but it was still one of the funniest sights I’ve ever seen.|
|Skyvers III ii: jordan: The ’ead’s comin’. Wot for? colman: Nothin’. Ain’t you got the wind up.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 123: He’s gonna have the wind up his ass.|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. 🌐 wind up (get the... ) n. to become afraid.|
2. to act aggressively; to make others nervous.
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 158: What’s the matter? Has the Colonel been getting wind up about the practice tomorrow?|
|Guardian 11 Apr. 16/1: American golfers get the wind up when the wind gets up [...] seeing the weather as a challenge.|
to get rid of someone.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 133: His doll, Big Marge, gives him the wind for a rich Cuban.‘The Lily of St. Pierre’ in|
|George Spelvin Chats 44: He thought of giving Hattie the wind back in 1931 when he was out of a job himself.|
(US black) to be extremely annoyed.
|Black Jargon in White America 87: wind in his jaws adj. angry; extremely upset.|
|Family 187: He planned to stay [...] maybe four weeks then hit the wind.|
|Mariner’s Sketches 116: Stragglers [...] who are too frequently so much ‘in the wind’ as to be incapable of defence.|
|Jack Tier (1852) I 10: You have an uncommonly sober crew, Capt. Spike [...] During the whole time I have been with them, I have not seen a man among them the least in the wind.|
2. freed from prison; absenting oneself, on the run.
|Airtight Willie and Me 11: I’m gonna angle my ass off as soon as I get in the wind.|
|8 Ball Chicks (1998) 75: I’d rather have shot that kid’s ass than know he’s in the wind, running with a gun in his hand.|
|Drama City 269: Far as he knew, no one was looking for him. Since he’d left the Hill, he’d been in the wind.|
|Border [ebook] ‘Where is he?’ ‘I don’t know [...] I’m scared to fucking death. He’s in the wind’.|
|Broken 22: ‘They’re in the wind [...] Probably running from Oscar’.‘Broken’ in|
|Hitmen 254: They [i.e. arrestees] would have been joined by Howe, except he was in the wind.|
3. of money, being used for a transaction, rather than held in a wallet, bank etc.
|Street Players 202: I’ve got five thousand dollars out in the wind.|
4. see three sheets in the wind phr.
|Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out 214: The players all started heading for the door, stating, ‘Peace,’ ‘Later,’ ‘Hat time,’ ‘I’m in the wind,’ etc.‘Shoe-shine on 63rd’ in Kochman|
(US black) to leave.
|‘Cant of the Disadvantaged, Socially Maladjusted, Secondary School Child’ in Urban Education Jan. 108: put in the wind: to run.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 3: Whupped ’im upside the head ’fore he could put it in the wind.|
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
1. to worry, to frighten.
|🌐 A party of the Royal Irish Regiment attempted (and fairly well succeeded) in putting the wind up our fellows.diary 6 Nov.|
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 May 16/3: That Orderly Officer [...] had only been trying to ‘put the wind up’ us, so that we would know what to do when we did get into enemy territory. [Ibid.] 15 June 13/3: I was still feeling sore about the matter when the ’plane started to heel over and move in circles. This manœuvre put the wind up me.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 22: She has always put the wind up me to a frightful extent.|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 92: ‘Put the gust up me [...] Sod ’im!’.|
|Shearer’s Colt 128: He put the wind up Charley Stone by going out to a big lunch with the boozehound of the Squatters’ Financial Company.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 63: Jerry knows that sooner or later it’ll come to cold steel. And ’e’s scared. It pokes the wind up ’im.|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 170: Some places [...] a dog would bark and put the wind up me properly.‘That Summer’ in|
|Jennings Goes To School 218: Wilkie’ll think I pinched it to put the wind up everyone.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 19: Those two galahs really put the wind up me!|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 99: Put the wind up decent folks.West in|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 13: Having ‘put the wind up him good and proper’, her moment of triumph was shortlived.|
|The Weir 62: I got the wind put up me that night.|
|Hooky Gear 237: Its more like Uncle puttin the wind up me.|
|Kill Shot [ebook] ‘Did he ask questions? Tell you anything? [...] ‘To be frank, he put the wind up me’.|
|Opal Country 444: ‘Let’s put the wind up the bastard’.|
2. to render angry.
|Tiger of the Legion 147: I hate to see animals hurt, and even a bad dog-fight will put the wind up me.|
3. to become scared.
|Family Arsenal 220: You want me to put the wind up.|