used of a horse that suffers from respiratory problems.
|Sporting Times 15 Feb. 1/3: But the cab-horse was a roarer, and the slowest of blood-stock, / And the fare said to the cabby, ‘That’s a musical old crock!’.‘When They Sigh’|
any fruit or vegetables, esp. beans or Jerusalem artichokes, that produce flatulence.
|Story of the 47th 75: We played marbles on the deck with ‘music fruit’ and rolled our eyes around like a dying calf when we lost our ‘stake’ [HDAS].|
|Foundry 172: BEANS! That Musical Fruit!|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Musicos, beans.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 125: Somebody farted. Men laughed [...] ‘Beans, beans, the music fruit, the more you eat the more you toot.’.|
|Sanford and Son [NBC-TV] Beans, beans, the musical fruit [HDAS].|
|Cat’s Eye (1989) 125: Pork and beans the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot.|
|Guardian 9 Sept. [Internet] Beans, beans, the musical fruit. Simmered at great length with bacon, herbs, and tons of garlic.‘The knowledge’|