1. as a sum of money.
(a) five shillings (25p), $5.
|Dict. of Love n.p.: Quarter Quarter is sometimes the debt of a superannuated lady to some petty-coat pensioner Adonis, upon whom she has no beauty to operate, but that of her strong-box.|
|Atlantic Mag. I, 343: Every man [...] vociferously swore that he had ponied up his quarter [F&H].|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 64: As independent as a wood-sawyer on a rainy day with a ‘quarter’ in his pocket.|
|advert in Vulgar Tongue (1857) 45: Slap up Velveteen Togs, lined with the same, 1 pound, 1 quarter and a peg.|
|Bang To Rights 121: I was well pleased with this as I had only got a quarter on in the first place.|
(b) (US) $25.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Heroin in Perspective.|
2. in drug and tobacco uses.
(a) (UK prison) a quarter inch of tobacco.
|Wilds of London (1881) 52: I have likewise seen as much as a precious ‘quarter’ (a quarter of an inch) of tobacco paid by a swell for the privilege of exchanging his trousers or another convict’s.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Aug. 32/2: The brother [...] sent word asking 23 to send him a ‘chew.’ No. 23 [...] dexterously avoided the eye of Warder Lanigan, and slipped ‘a quarter’ under the gate, knowing that the tobacco-hungry consumptive would be waiting on the other side.|
(b) a quarter ounce (7g) of a narcotic drug.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|(con. early 1940s) Addicts Who Survived 134: Then a fellow here in Harlem started selling quarters – he broke an ounce into quarters, and he would sell it for five dollars a quarter.|
|‘Ghetto Horror Show’ [lyrics] Keys, O-Z’s and quarters.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 203: Quarters, teeners, eight balls, whatever the customer wants.|
|Inter-zone.org [Internet] By day, and into the evening, herion [sic.] and powder cocaine were cheap and abundant, the $15 smack quarters, were fatter than the downtown 20s, all night long the flailers, could pick up on whacks of speed.‘Tying Off’ on|
|‘Shut Up’ [lyrics] Dem man still go halves on a quarter.|
(c) $25 worth of a given drug.
|Bk of Jargon 343: quarter: Twenty-five dollars’ worth of drugs, as a quarter bag of heroin.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 82: Wesley had a few dimes and quarters of the same stuff [i.e. cocaine] in one pocket of his sweatpants.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] shitting dimes and quarters Definition: What one does after he’s swallowed his weed to hide it from the police Example: Man, I swallowed a half a key, now I’ll be shittin dimes and quarters for a week!|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Quarter — 1/4 ounce or $25 worth of drugs.|
3. as a jail sentence.
(a) (UK Und.) a three-month’s prison sentence.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 204/1: Quarter stretch (Thieves’). Three months’ imprisonment. ‘Saucy Sall’s got a quarter with hard.’.|
(b) (US Und.) a 25-year prison sentence.
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 87: I’m gonna see if you can’t shake this quarter off your goddamn ass.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 212: quarter, n. – a twenty- five- year sentence.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Prison Sl. 22: Quarter A 25-year prison sentence. (Archaic: twenty-five boffos).|
|Lush Life 442: We could stick him in for the full quarter, but [...] I’ll let his lawyer plea out for twenty .|
(drugs) $25 worth of a given drug.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 218: quarter bag About 1 ounce of marijuana, worth $25.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 170: Dude told us he don’t sell no more ten-cent bags [...] It’s quarter [$25] bags nowadays or fifty cents [$50].|
|Prison Sl. 75: Quarter Bag also Quarter Sack A bag or sack of drugs costing $25.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Quarter bag — $25 worth of drugs.|
(US drugs) a place where drug users can obtain quarter-ounces of narcotics.
|Jones Men 38: He supplied [...] wholesale pads, quarter houses and shooting galleries.|
(US drugs) a quarter-ounce (7g) of drugs (cf. half-piece under half n.).
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Pimp 96: I’ll send you a quarter ‘piece’.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Quarter piece — 1/4 ounce.|
(US drugs) one-eighth of an ounce (5g) of cannabis.
|Marijuana Gloss. [Internet] half-quarter [ca] – 1/8 of an ounce of weed.|
SE in slang uses
see red cent n.
(US campus) a sarcastic admonition to mind one’s own business.
|Campus Sl. Sept.|