1. a milestone.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
2. a tough(-looking) person or creature [SAusE slab, ‘a coarse, axe-hewn plank, two or three inches in thickness’ (OED)].
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 8 Dec. 128/2: A knifey long slab cut and run sort of cove.|
|Sam Sly 6 Jan. 3/2: He advises the ‘Long Slab’ who works at Ader——s's Coach Factory, B——w, to discharge his reckoning.|
|Screamers (1875) 146: He hired a wooden-headed old slab to play the piano for him.|
|Sporting Times 2 Aug. 1/3: Only noticable [at the races] a gardenia worn by a disoyal slab.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 July 13/3: ‘Do you know who that tall slab is?’ asked the swearer of the potman. ‘Know him, I should think I did; he’s the Bishop of Sydney.’ ‘Run after him, my boy, and tell him I’m sorry for swearing, and if he’ll come back I’ll stand a bottle of port.’.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 143: SLAB: Aust. a tall spare person, a tall slab of a fellow.|
|Bulletin Reciter n.p.: ’Member Jim? Long, lanky slab.‘Dunno‘ in|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Jan. 4/7: Take five-per-cent from a citizen short / And a slab who raps the roof.|
|Timber Wolves 326: Me run away? Why, you tea-swilling slab, I don’t run from nobody.|
|Coonardoo 285: He had that long slab of prospector from the Bluff with him.|
|(con. 1930s) Men of the Milford Road 197: What a fish! It was a rainbow and it was a ‘slab’.|
3. a sandwich or bread.
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 70: ‘Well, that’s pretty average cool,’ said Abanazar behind a slab of cream and jam.‘Slaves of the Lamp Pt I’|
|Keys to Crookdom 417: Slab. Slice of bread.|
|Tramping with Tramps 147: Rasher and fingers, a slab and a pint of thick!|
|ABC Radio in Aus. Lang. 83: For the uninitiated it may be explained that torpedoes and time bombs are pasties and pies; hot islands are hot potatoes in gravy; and splinters in fat with slabs and grease, are potato chips with bread and butter.|
|in ‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 121: Australian sandwiches, if made of thick bread, are ‘doorsteps’ or ‘slabs’.|
4. (US Und.) a shop display tray.
|Life In Sing Sing 259: Hoisting a slab of stones. Stealing a tray of diamonds.|
5. (US) a restaurant.
|‘Lord Ballyrot in Slangland’ in Tacoma Times (WA) 8 Jan. 4/4: You ain’t the only starvin’ maniac in the slab what needs my gentle aid.|
6. (US) a stretcher, an undertaker’s table.
|Keys to Crookdom 417: Slab. [...] Undertaker’s table.|
|Across the Board 219: Captain Grogan had asked The Champ to leave the grounds and got a blunt answer, ‘You’ll have to take me out on a slab.’.|
|Come Monday Morning 120: His hands crossed over his belly like he was already on the slab.|
7. (US) a small town.
|Blue Ribbon Sports Dec. [Internet] The blow-off came in a slab named Winford City, Arizona. [...] We are booked to play this slab for three days, see.‘Wild Whampoo of the Whampolo’|
|All Sports Feb. [Internet] I get a very welcome letter from my Uncle Ebenezer Merrifellow, up in a slab named Yipp Center, N.Y.‘There’s Hicks In All Trades’|
8. (US black) a bed.
|,||DAS 484/2: slab [...] a bed. Early jive use c.1935.|
|eye mag. 8 July [Internet] Of course, she had no idea that his shag slab was such a buttonhole factory.‘A dirty little story’ in|
9. (US) a highway.
|Flood 227: We’ll give you a ninety-mile-an-hour ride out on the state slab to cool you off.|
10. (US black) $1.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
11. in drug uses.
(a) weak or impure crack cocaine [? SE (mortuary) slab, i.e. it is ‘dead’].
|Crackhouse 151: slab overly adulterated crack.|
(b) a large piece of crack cocaine, the approximate dimensions of a piece of chewing gum.
|Tampa Trib. (FL) 29 June 40/1: The suspect had his stomach pumped after he told police he had swallowed several ‘slabs’ of cocaine. [...] Q ‘slab’ is about the size of a half-dollar and weighs about five grams.|
|‘Pocket Full of Stones’ [lyrics] Fiends used to smoke twenties, now they smokin slabs.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 19: Slab — A large piece of crack cocaine the size of a stick of chewing gum.|
|‘Life Is 2009’ [lyrics] I bought me a slab and now I’m a pop trunker.|
|‘Quarter Block’ [lyrics] Started with the rocks in a slab / Then I moved up on the Ave.|
12. (Aus.) a case of 24 bottles or tins of beer.
|Canberra Times (ACT) 30 Apr. 14/2: Allegations have been made to me that the Young Libs [...] took away slabs of Fosters from the non-members bar.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 347: slab a carton of two dozen cans of beer.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Two slabs of Vic Bitter buys off the whole field.|
|Indep. Traveller 27 Nov. 12: Five refer to beer: coldie, quickie, slab, stubbie and tinnie.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 18: How much did you get out of her bag, Les? Enough for a slab of piss?|
|D. Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Kyle spent all of the next morning shopping [...] wine and slabs of beer.‘Grassed’ in|
13. (US black) an automobile.
|‘That’s Why I Carry’ [lyrics] Shit I seen a slab get stripped / The discs seats and sound gone.|
|‘What You Ride For?’ [lyrics] We call ‘em slabs, in New York they call ‘em whips, nigga.|
|‘Rotation’ [lyrics] The wheels on the slab go round and round.|
14. (UK black) a block of flats.
|Crongton Knights 6: ‘Tell them to remove their grimy, money-sucking asses from our slab!’.|
see separate entry.
(US) a large, stupid person; thus slab-sided adj.
|‘The Blacksmith of the Mountain Pass’ in Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 83: How are you old slab-sides? [...] Your name is Stubbleworth, and you are the hypocrite the Methodists have sent here.|
|Worcester Jrnl 23 Sept. 4/1: A gentleman [...] observed in a seat before him a lean slab-sided Yankee.|
|Globe (London) 30 Sept. 1/3: Only the half-developed Yankee who is ‘slab-sided’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 June 3/2: A weak-kneed, slab-sided, undergrown, off-shoot of humanity with a strong admixture of idiocy and cunning marked on his frontispiece has of late been exercising the knowing ones of Brisbane.|
|Dly Astorian (OR) 18 Oct. 2/1: You mean, big-jawed, slab-sided, knock-kneed [...] pup.|
|Anglia VII 274: To be slab-sided = to be awkward.‘Negro English’ in|
|Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) 31 May 6/3: This was a tall awkward fellow we called ‘Slabsides’.|
|Recoll. Sea-Wanderer 98: An opportunity to square yards with [...] 'that slab-sided, lantern-jawed sneak of a Huntington'.|
|Martha and I 85: He is a big, square, slab-sided, energetic individual.|
|W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Aug. 1/1: The slab-sided snob was avenging the Press comments on his unfitness for the W.A.T.C. secretaryship.|
|East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) 23 Aug. 3/5: ‘Slabsides’ Kalem. A story of a good-hearted Indian.|
|Times (Shreveport, LA) 29 Oct. 39/3: Them bow-legged, slab-sided, pie-face society chromos.|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 22: ‘You sawn-off, chirpy, slab-sided dumble!’.|
see (long) streak of misery under streak n.
(US prison) to fight in private to settle a score.
|Prison Sl. 91: Take It in the Blind Refers to inmates settling an argument or fight out of view of prison guards. […] (Archaic: put on a slab).|
to sell crack cocaine.
|‘Life Is 2009’ [lyrics] While I’m livin my life, don’t fuck with me / (Life is...) too short, whippin the slab.|