Green’s Dictionary of Slang

green n.2

[the colour; whether of currency, marijuana or glass bottles]

1. (US, also greens, welcome green) money, dollar bills.

[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 36: Dere was fifty plunks. Dat’s right. Fifty good long greens.
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 60: Others are there with the wise noodles and will cop the green.
[US]Bluefield Daily Tel. (WV) 11 Mar. 4/2: A guest at a recent banquet [..] counted twelve different words used [...] in place of ‘money.’ They were: tin, cush, gelt, rock, sand, candy, dough, sugar, mazuma, spondulix, glad weather, the welcome green.
[US]Sun (NY) 18 Oct. 11/2: Somebody that nobody’s hep to mooched in this year and packed thirty millions in greens away.
[US]A. Baer Putting ’Em Over 13 Mar. [synd. col.] Baseball magnates aren’t worrying about the green material in the training camps. The green material they are thinking of is in the fans’ pockets.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 401: Counterfeiter [...] Bum-paper artist, making the green.
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May (1929) 99: There were all denominations of bills, mostly in Irish greens from five to fifty pounds each.
[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
[US]J. Evans Halo in Blood (1988) 144: I want to see some green in front of my eyes.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 216: I’ll be on the scene wearin’ the green.
[US]Babs Gonzales ‘Manhattan Fable’ 🎵 He figured that he’d cool until his greens was long enough for him to sound her.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 28: He riffled a mass of bills and pulled out a thin sheaf of green.
[UK]L. Deighton Ipcress File (1964) 47: At five shillings a dose [i.e. of heroin] that’s a lot of green.
[US]E. Shepard Doom Pussy 25: It was forbidden to have American green on your person.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 249: Fuck Black power and White power; I believe in green power.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 88: You stayed outside and made as much money as you could so that you had the green to pay your way out.
[US]B. Gifford Night People 145: ‘You holdin’ any green?’ ‘About ninety dollars.’.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 245: Met this bitch named Janine / Age 19 / Had her own green.
Big Boi ‘Tambourine’ 🎵 I pulled out a stack of green, shake it like a tambourine.
K. Koke ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’ 🎵 Where I'm from we do wrong for the right green.
[US]F. Bill Donnybrook [ebook] ‘[S]ee you fight for a lot of crumpled green, boy’.
[US]S.A. Crosby Razorblade Tears 46: ‘The only color that matters is green’.

2. a $1 bill; thus often in pl.

[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ I’m from Missouri 94: It cost our Candidate a smart bundle of greens.
[US]Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 4 May 9/4: Flapper Dictionary greens – Buffos, kale, dough, money.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 65: ‘Still working for him?’ ‘I sure am, just picking up some extra greens here.’.
[US]A.S. Fleischman Venetian Blonde (2006) 147: We got a big spender [...] Seven greens in the pot.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 24: It’s not my money and I need the greens from percentage.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 11: Greens/green stuff — Paper currency.

3. (US drugs, also green grass, Miss Green) marijuana, sometimes seen as low in resin and thus a weak strain.

[US]Kerouac letter 27 May in Charters I (1995) 358: I am of course indulging in a perfect orgy of Miss Green & can hardly see straight right at this minute, whoo! 3 bombs a day.
[US]E. Gilbert Vice Trap 41: We were lucky to score at all. But it’s green grass.
[US]L. Block Diet of Treacle (2008) 50: Mexican brown [...] seemed a little stronger. The joint [...] half regular green and half Mexican brown.
[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 152: Jimmy came across with some transplanted, home-grown, Gainesville Green from his tomato garden.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 172: So you’re up here doing your best [...] Moving a bit of green, I would imagine.
[US]UGK ‘3 in the Mornin’’ 🎵 Done flagged me down for some more of that brown / To go with that green, now they sittin’ on lean.
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 53: We can say Claire jus’ smoked too much green, innit?
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 277: Ray stood up [...] dizzy from the gin and the green.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 26: The mounds of the green – and we don’t mean cash – set before them.
[UK]A. Wheatle Dirty South 22: I have some light green to shoot.
[US]Random Axe ‘Karate Kid’ 🎵 They make you sell crack, bust gats, and blaze green.
150 ‘4 Door Truck’ 🎵 My young guys they move green like frog.
[UK]Times 20 Aug. 34/3: America’s legal marijuana industry is triggering a ‘green rush’.
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 124: The eld hash [...] wis much better quality [...] Mostly it’s shite noo n cunts only want green.

4. (Aus.) a can or bottle of Victoria Bitter beer.

[Aus]M. Cameron A Look at the Bright Side n.p.: The basic requirements of a good ‘happening’ were: an ample supply of ‘Blue’ or ‘Green’ (Vic. or Foster’s beer), the sappers, and someone fool enough to let it happen in his tent.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 133: Fosters is A BLUEY; A GREEN is a Victoria Bitter, A WHITEY is Carlton Draft.
[Aus]Aus. Word Map 🌐 In Sydney a fella sinking a few cans of VB may make the excuse that he’s getting a few greens in his diet.

5. phencyclidine.

[US]G.P. Pelecanos Nick’s Trip 231: ‘[T]hat boy was hard on the Boat. Had enough green in him to knock down a horse’.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 11: Eddie used to smoke a little green, lay back and listen to Meddle or some other old Floyd.

6. (Aus.) Victoria bitter beer.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 133: Different brands of beer have their own Lingo names: [...] a green is a Victoria Bitter.

7. (N.Z. prison) a 200mg morphine sulphate tablet [the tablet is green].

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 81/2: green n. a 200mg morphine sulphate tablet.

8. see green money under green adj.1