1. (US) a fool, a synon. for shine n.2 (3); a failure.
|Down the Line 93: Sybil was a polish for sure.|
|Forty Modern Fables 95: Still, the Hotel was not altogether a Polish.|
|You Can Search Me 15: Say, John! I’m a polish, for fair!|
2. effrontery, arrogance.
|Sporting Times 27 Jan. 2/2: It is true that some of the Newmarket trainers used to smile at the polish, or ‘side’ of the late James Jewitt.|
3. (N.Z.) fellatio.
|Big Huey 252: polish (n) Act of fellatio upon a male.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 194: I get the best blow jobs I’ve ever had in here [i.e. prison] [...] One of the screws [...] brings me in bottles of perfume [...] and I swap it with the drags for a polish.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 86/1: polish, a fellatio; eg ‘Whadya want, sailor, all the way or just a polish?’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
4. an act of masturbation.
|Penguin Bk of Aus. Jokes 452: She gives the old chap a ‘polish’.|
SE in slang uses
(UK Und.) blackmail.
|Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 5 Nov. 21/5: Prosecution witnesses started using terms like [...] ‘boot polish’ (blackmail).|
a person of mixed race.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Two & Three 4 Nov. [synd. col.] Getting a snifter in this man’s town is a tougher job than keeping a crease in a mail order catalogue suit [...] One nose polish bazaar has been turned into a bird and animal store.|
(US) whisky; thus shoe-polish shop, a saloon.
|DN III:i 94: shoe-polish, n. Whiskey. ‘If a man wanted a drink, he called for shoe-polish.’ [...] shoe-polish shop, n. Illicit saloon. ‘Blind tigers used to be called shoe-polish shops.’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|DA].Butte and Montana beneath the X-Ray 20: I took a good-sized snort out of that big bottle of furniture polish in the middle [|