number ten adj.
(orig. US milit.) very bad, the worst.
|True Apr. 39: From the American occupation of Japan, the phrase ‘number one’ (from the Japanese ‘ichiban,’ meaning very good, the best) found a permanent place in GI talk. By extension, ‘number ten’ came to mean very bad, the worst.|
|Army Reporter Feb. in Maledicta VI:1+2 251: I know you numbah fuckin’ ten cheap charlie.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 178: GI beaucoup number ten goddamned shit-eating fucking pig.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 23: Life is real hard out here in the bad bush. We pulling a definite number-ten hump.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 331: Fuck you. You cheap Charlie. American Punk No. 10.|