1. the moon’s circularity.
(a) the buttocks, the anus, the rectum; thus full moon
|Life and Memoirs E. T. Bates 31: But his Moon shall never be covered by me or Buck (which, O strange! was her Husband’s Name) ’till they put down the Ready — and no Brummagums .|
|Sl. of Venery.|
|Home to Harlem 47: They done jumped on me soon as I turned mah black moon on that li’l saloon.|
|‘Moon Mullins in “Theme Songs”’ [comic strip] [illus. of anal intercourse] In the Valley of the Moon.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 114: Isadora’s wealth of posterior faced the audience. It soon was labelled ‘Valley of the Moon’.|
|Pimp 80: Her ‘moon’ was winking at me.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 37: Her dress was hiked nearly to her moon.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 187: It was a stupendous moon job.|
|Homeboy 314: Two of the girls [...] flipped up their skirts and flashed twin moons.|
(b) (US) a large, round biscuit.
|DA].Policy Players (1874) 3: Get me a buttered moon and a pickle [|
|in Life on the Mississippi (1914) 460: [as spelt] ‘The afternoon of the 3rd day I spent my last 10 cts for moons’ (large, round sea-biscuit).|
(c) (US) a silver dollar.
|Amer. Legion Weekly 11 Jan. 24: I’ve gota job waiting for me that pays thirty moons a week instead of thirty a month [...] Thirty discs. That’s sure beaucoup l’argent [HDAS].|
(d) a sovereign, thus half-moon, half-a-sovereign.
|Advertiser (Adelaide) 20 Oct. 20/9: Not so familiar are the terms ‘moon’ and ‘half-moon’ for sovereign and half a sovereign.|
(e) (also moonie) the purposeful exposure of the buttocks in a provocative way.
|implied in shoot a moon|
|(con. 1970) Meditations in Green (1985) 201: ‘Shoot for the moon,’ somebody yelled, dropping his shorts as he bounded off.|
|If... 1 Mar. in If Files (1997) 62: You’re the only person I know who could do a moonie and nobody’d be able to tell.|
|Guardian G2 25 June 12: We turned our backs on the girls, and pulled down our trousers. It was just a lark, a two-second moon.|
|Observer Rev. 24 June 2: We should be organising mass moons in pedestrian precincts.|
2. in senses of time, as defined by lunar passage.
(a) a month’s imprisonment, or multiples thereof, e.g. nine moon.
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 288: Here I have been eleven years, just forty-four moons.|
|Heart of London II i: He’s been working on the Mace – doing it up very blue, and so they’ve lumbered him for a few moons.|
|Vocabulum 56: One moon; thirty days’ imprisonment. ‘The poor cove was done for two stretches and six moons,’ the poor fellow was sentenced for two years and six months.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 55/2: It being his first charge, he got off with a ‘deuce o’ moons’ to the Downs (Tothill-fields prison).|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Sept. n.p.: Wes Allen [...] was sentenced to four ‘moons’ [...] for attemtping to ‘dip’ a female .|
|‘Career of a Scapegrace’ in Leicester Chron. 10 May 12/1: The gin-loving traveler had ‘been all over Wales [...] five times in quod, and only eight moon since I left Bristol’.|
|Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 8: Moon ... One Month’s Imprisonment.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 4/3: I got off moren once when I oughter gone up for a few moons.|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 2/2: Three months’ imprisonment was the proper dose for such an idiot, the three weeks already served on remand to be deducted from the said tray of moons.|
|Truth (Sydney) 18 Mar. 4/8: ‘I give you a month’, says the old —. I was lumbered for a moon.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 151: Occasional misfortunes in the way of a moon, or another drag, or perhaps a sixer.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 151: Jist lined er John with er half-Brunswick, ’n’ got four moon.|
|Sporting Times 8 Jan. 10/1: You must remember that when he did those six moons he was having the ‘time’ of his life!|
|Truth (Brisbane) 22 Jan. 10/4: To the prisoner [...] a sentence of one month is a ‘moon’; of three months a ‘drag’; of six months, a ‘sixer’ or ‘zack’; twelve months a ‘stretch’; and five years a ‘fin.’.|
|They Drive by Night 13: A twenty-one month sentence over. Twenty-one moon was five hundred and thirty-six nights in stir if you kept your nose clean and got your full remission, five hundred and forty-three if you went and lost seven days like a berk.|
|Joyful Condemned 167: ‘What is it this time?’ [...] ‘I got a twelve moon.’.|
|No Sunlight Singing (1966) 196: If you get caught throwin’ a leg over one o’ them they’ll hit you with the book. Six moons in Fanny Bay first up.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 2: Proinsias O’Toole got off with a six moon suspended and a twenty quid fine.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 195: moon one month’s imprisonment.|
(b) a month.
|Works (1869) III 127: A gross of moons, and twice twelve beside.‘Farewell to the Tower-bottles’ in|
|Hesperides 43: One onely daughter [...] which was made a happy Bride, / But thrice three Moones before she dy’d.‘Epitaph on a sober Matron’|
|Wooden World 85: He is shav’d once a Moon, to be sure.|
|Homer Travestie (1764) I 120: One hundred moons and seventeen / Upon this cursed coast we’ve been.|
|Misc. (1778) 204: I instantly dispatched a messenger of love to her: and ’ere another moon had gilded up her horns, married her.‘Memoirs of a Sad Dog’ in|
|Pilot (1824) II 66: If you wait, sir, till the land-breeze fills your sails, you will wait another moon.|
|Memoirs 281: Every month or ‘moon’ [...] a personage, who is known by the name of ‘Great Egbo’ [...] parades the streets.|
|Life in the Far West (1849) 30: They would return to their village, and spend a moon relating their achievements.|
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: It’s six moons since I heard you chaunt.|
|Vulgar Tongue 22: Moon n. Month. One moon, one month at the treadmill; 6 moons, six months.|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I went on all straight the first few moons at costering.|
|Dundee Courier 12 Feb. 7/6: Why, Joe [...] Didn’t think you’d have a ticket for another six moon yet.|
|Signor Lippo 48: The quilts have to be changed once a moon.|
|Life In Sing Sing 263: Plant me for a few moons till the smoke rolls away. It is better to keep under cover while the collars are warm.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 5 Feb. 4/8: I wouldn’t be surprised me boy if I get an opportunity of shaking you up before many moons go by .|
|Denton (MD) Journal 7 Mar. 4/1: ‘Everybody that’s been in or out for the last two moons will be wanted particular.’.|
|Human Touch 167: It was in England – many moons ago, when I was on leave.|
|Hand-made Fables 134: Back in Fodderville, a neat frame Dwelling [...] would set you back about $15 per Moon.|
|Pal Joey 33: I am the smoothest and most urbane singer [...] this town has seen in many a moon.|
|Guntz 23: So five moon went by and I didn’t hear a dicky-bird.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 8: The Yardbirds didn’t hold together for many moons.in|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 159: We have all been expecting this for many moons.|
|(con. 1951) Island Songs (2006) 84: Some old white-top lady inna church who is two fat moons away from de grave.|
|Viva La Madness 16: A series of events that went down many moons ago.|
(c) (US tramp) a night; thus cover with the moon v., sleep in the open air.
|Peck’s Boss Book 111: After a few moons the plaster [...] got in its work.|
|Tramping with Tramps 24: I was batterin’ [...] one moon (night).|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 55: Cover with the Moon. To sleep in the open.|
3. (US, also mooney) illicitly distilled liquor, abbr. moonshine n.
|Collier’s 29 Dec. 8/2: Mister, this is good stuff. It’s Leadville ‘moon.’ [...] The art of producing sugar ‘moon’ and aging it in charred casks [...] is becoming famous again [DA].|
|‘Wet Words in Kansas’ AS IV:5 385: Some of the common names for whiskey — moonshine, moon, mooney [etc.].|
|Gas-House McGinty 224: They killed the moon they had, and stopped at Scotty’s for another bottle.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 73: After Earl Ford downed a pint of ‘moon,’ he recited part of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 12: Fellow out in the western part of the state was using it to transport moon.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 103: I’ll bring him a pint of moon.|
4. (drugs, also full moon) a piece of peyote cactus, eaten for the mescaline it contains [? its half-moon shape].
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 99: full moon (1) a large peyote chunk about 4 inches in diameter. (2) the entire top of the peyote cactus (as opposed to the buttons or slices). [Ibid.] 180: moon (1) peyote; the circle of lumps, or buttons, making up the top of the peyote cactus.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 15: Moon — Mescaline.|
(US) anal intercourse.
|North Dallas Forty 254: ‘All I need now is moon pie,’ he said, grinning.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 214: I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to go upstairs for a slice of moon pie.|
(UK Und.) a link-boy.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
the bared buttocks, deliberately exhibited in public.
|Indy Windsurfing Photo Gallery [Internet] Here’s a photo of OJ (the windsurfer, not the murderer or the breakfast drink), doing a full moon during a sesh on Hatteras.|
(US) secured to a punishment frame, known as a ‘horse’, with the head down and buttocks raised.
|Women in Command 16 in Murray & Murrell Lang. Sadomasochism (1989) 100: Another slave spent her day on the moon as it was called. She was strapped over a device that stood her ass in the air and was treated to a long dildo into her ass.|
to bare one’s buttocks in public.
|Sex and the College Student 65: The exposure of buttocks or genitals to innocent bystanders as a kind of ribald prank or vulgar insult has provided many a lusty joke in the annals of literature [...] College students today identify this activity as ‘shooting the moon.’.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 98: I bent down, whirled around and shot everybody a fast 360-degree moon.|
|(con. c.1967) Firefight 23: They’d say Johnny got it while shooting a moon at them Congs.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 39: Related expressions include [...] shooting beaver (female exhibitionism, similar to mooning or shooting moon which is — or was, in the 1960s — the public display of naked buttocks, also known as, when placed firmly against car windows, pressed ham).|
1. to have sexual intercourse; thus of a man, to ejaculate.
|(con. 1943) Big War 150: I have never shot the moon with Lorraine. Never.|
2. see shoot a moon
3. see also SE phrs. below.
a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
|Home to Harlem 48: ‘But it ain’t decent to scab,’ said Jake. ‘Decent mah black moon!’ shouted Zeddy.|
SE in slang uses
(US) a black person.
|Prison Sl. 55: Moon Cricket A black person.|
(UK Und.) a link-boy who either robs those for whom he provides a light, or who guides his charges towards some villainous confederates who do the job for him.
|Canting Academy (2nd edn) 77: The Moon-Curser [...] waits at some Corner of Lincolns-Inn-Fields with a Link in his hand, who under the pretence of lighting you over the Fields, being late and few stirring, shall light you into a pack of Rogues [...] and so they will all joyn in the Robbery.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Moon-curser c. a Link-boy, or one that under Colour of lighting Men, Robs, them or leads them to a gang of Rogues, that will do it for them.|
|Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) II.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 18: Link boy – Moon-curser or Glim-jack.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Moon curser, a link boy, (cant) link boys are said to curse the moon, because it renders their assistance unnecessary: these gentry frequently under colour of lighting passengers over kennels, or through dark passages, assist in robbing them.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Mercurius Democritus 20-27 July 74: A notable Tooper [...] was elevated or Alevated [...] These Moon-ey’d Culls in this out latter Age, / More than the skies their madness do Presage.|
|Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 91: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] Moon-eye’d.‘Drinkers Dictionary’ in|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 70: Sink me, says he, you moon-ey’d loon.|
|‘More Tennessee Expressions’ in AS XVI:1 Feb. 447/2: moon-eyed. Intoxicated. ‘Sid gits mooneyed every Saturday night.’.|
‘a squinting wench’ (Grose).
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 10: In Black-boy alley I’d a ken, / A dog and fighting-cock, / Beside a saucy mooney’d hen, / Well known at Bridewell-dock.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|in Bk of Sports 146: A saucy, tip-slang, moon-eyed, hen, / Who oft’ mills doll at block.|
|Vocabulum 56: moon-eyed hen A squinting prostitute.|
(US) an Asian person; thus moon-faced, moon-eyed, having Japanese or Asian features.
|Queen’s Sailors I 302: ‘Most illustrious sir!’ exclaimed the foremost moon-face.|
|Edinburgh Eve. News 21 Sept. 3/6: [from S.F. Bulletin] Miss Chung Fu, a noted moon-eyed belle.|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 15 Apr. 3/5: The Asiatics [...] are setting on him, one moon-face with a hatchet, the second moon-face with a knife.|
|Pleasure Man (1997) Act I: What’s the idea of sending this moon-faced kimono over to me? Is he your interpreter?|
|Little Men, Big World 77: Moon-face has been here about three weeks. He’s a garter-snapper.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 106: I bet you were into your stepfather every time you got short of moonfeed.|
(W.I.) a light-brown complexion.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
1. (US drugs) cough syrup laced with amphetamine.
|Sand in the Wind 226: ‘What is it?’ ‘Cough syrup with speed in it.’ [...] 228: It’s the moon juice.|
2. (drugs) heroin.
|He Died with His Eyes Open 106: Darling Eric has to have his moonjuice just the same.|
see separate entries.
see separate entry.
see separate entries.
(drugs) a mixture of crack cocaine and heroin.
|Hartford Courant (CT) 1 Sept. A10/1: [M]oon rock or speedball [is] a combination of crack and heroin.|
|Crackhouse 74: She is talking with Headache about a freebase and heroin mixture called ‘moon rock’ or the new ‘bazuca’.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 155: Wee Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Tical. Freebase. Maryjane. Moonrock.|
see separate entries.
see shoot the moon
see moonman n.
(US black) a white man’s penis.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] moon stick Definition: caucasian’s penis. Example: I still can’t believe Shalanda rode his moon stick, damn oreo!|
see separate entriy.
(US black) night-time.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 26 Feb. 11/1: Dot Harris, whom he introduced [...] the other moon time as his new heart turner.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 5 July 7/3: You should have seen pretty Bennie Williams’ face light up the other moon time.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 July 3/1: Margaret Blakeney, a measley faced moontrotter, charged Miss J Johnstone, another free-hearted damsel, with an unprovoked assault.|
to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions, but avoiding payment of any outstanding rent, utility bills etc.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
(Ulster) to lose one’s temper.
|Concise Ulster Dict.|
extremely cheerful, delighted, esp. as a clichéd response attributed to sportspeople, particularly professional football players, when interviewed about a successful game or competition.
|Cambrian (Swansea) 24 Apr. 7/6: [Gladstone’s] contributions to this important department of our language are contained in a certain ‘Glynne Glossary,’ [...] a copy of which was recently discovered at an obscure bookstall, with the favourite initials W. E. G. upon the title page. We gather therefrom that Over the Moon means in tremendously or excessively high spirits, and no doubt had its origin in the famous cow which jumped over the moon.|
|Together and Apart 180: She didn’t know she had a brother and she’s over the moon .|
|To War With Whitaker (1994) 290: The missus will be over the moon.diary 22 Oct. in|
|You Flash Bastard 148: Well done, Terry. Congratulations [...] Needless to say, the ACC’s over the moon.|
|A Life (1981) Act II: You were over the moon: yes, you were.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 311: I’m just thrilled he persuaded Barry, ’cos I’m over the moon.|
|Kowloon Tong 198: She’s chuffed [...] She’s over the moon.|
|Raiders 172: They gave the kid a grand for his whack and he was over the fucking moon.|
1. (also bolt the moon) to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions but avoiding payment of any outstanding rent, utility bills etc; thus moon-shooter, one who absconds with their possessions but without paying the rent.
|Universal Songster I 70: She wished to gammon her landlord, and likewise bolt the moon, / With his goods and chattels .|
|Comic Almanack Sept. 63: So we by night must take our flight, / For we must shoot the moon!|
|Comic Songs 9: I don’t like to see people Shooting the Moon.‘I Don’t Like to See’|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 99: Bolt the moon, to cheat the landlord by taking the goods away in the night, without paying the rent.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 29 Sept. 3/2: [headline] Bolting the Moon.|
|Paved with Gold 10: The light spring-van, which at other times is used for enabling the neighbours to indulge in that exciting lunatic sport known as ‘shooting the moon’.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|‘I Am A Downy Bird’ in My Young Wife and I Songster 43: I’ve owed five quarters rent, / And wouldn’t ‘shoot the moon’.|
|Sl. Dict. 288: Shoot the moon to remove furniture from a house in the night without paying the landlord.|
|‘Later On’ [lyrics] The Landlord informs me he’s just ‘shot the moon’.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues IV 351/1: Moon-shooter.|
|‘Shooting the Moon’ in Roderick (1972) 149: Did you ever notice that people always shoot the moon when there’s no moon?|
|Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 4 Apr. 3/3: The man had ‘shot the moon,’ owing a quarter’s rent.|
|[perf. Vesta Tilley] The Latest Chap on Earth [lyrics] So fond of newness is he that he shifts his diggings once a week / He shoots the Moon? tut tut not true, ’tis merely love of things quite new.|
|De Omnibus 37: ’E shot the moon feerly successful, ’e did, and nutthink ter pye.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Sept. 39/2: ‘Great heavens! they’ve gone! Look at the windows!’ / A small urchin sidled up. / ‘They shot ther moon larst night, boss! [...] Yer done in!’ / ‘What for; we’re not the landlord’s men?’.|
|‘Never Let Your Braces Dangle’ [lyrics] On a foggy afternoon once, we had to shoot the moon, / On the barrow I had got, bedstead, chairs and all the lot.|
|Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 37: If the Jew shoots the moon I shall be left without a roof.|
|Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 290: He’s shot the moon. Blown off to Bangalore.‘A Bit of a Smash in Madras’ in|
|Fowlers End (2001) 211–2: Half-way there I met Copper Baldwin, who asked: ‘Shooting the moon, cocko? Doing a flit?’.|
|(con. 1880) Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem 135: Mrs Irving was afraid that they would, in the phrase of the period, ‘shoot the moon’ and cheat her by absconding after dark.|
2. (US) to take a major gamble [ext. of sense 1 above].
|(con. 1920s) USA (1966) 759: Well, we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeve . . . . We’re shootin’ the moon.Big Money in|
|Dead Zone (1980) 372: He wanted to shoot the moon. But as Stillson set the Wheel in motion [...] Every number was a house number.|
|About Face (1991) 120: He thought he was going to ‘shoot the moon’ [and] get all excited.|
3. see also sl. phrs. above.