piss, the phr.
1. a general intensifier, the essence, the ‘daylights’.
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 73: That boss of mine, he bawls the piss out of me if I miss a semicolon.|
|Roofs of Paris (1983) 50: He’s really fucking the piss out of her by this time.|
|Pinktoes (1989) 36: By God, he was going to shock the supremacy piss out of their white-livered bladders.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 100: It irritated the piss out of him.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 210: It’s gonna thrill the piss outta me to play a bitch older than bedbugs.|
|After The Ball 131: Stomp the piss out of ’em.|
2. a general intensifier used with questions, e.g. what the piss...?; var. on hell, the phr. (1)
|Numbers (1968) 184: What the piss does he want? Who the fuck is he?|
|Semi-Tough 209: Who the piss wants to know?|
|Danny Boy 101: How de piss you know owny black man does vote foh de Palmm Tree?|
|Sons of Sheriff Henry 322: Heard? Who the piss hasn’t heard!|
(orig. US) to beat severely.
|Call It Sleep (1977) 342: Jesus, if she don’ come out I’m gonna beat de piss outa —.|
|End as a Man (1952) 195: He’d go whip Wilson and probably mangle the piss out of him.|
|Sexus (1969) 172: A mental uppercut, that’s what he wanted of me. He was tired of beating the piss out of the other fellow – he wanted someone to go to work on him.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 220: He took that knife away from the guy and proceeded to beat the piss out of him.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 86: And Carlo, whom he had just been beating the piss out of, had almost to carry him back to bed.|
|Thief 292: There may have been a few who didn’t even get their kicks from beating the living piss out of some poor bastard.|
|Q&A 63: They pounce on us and start to pound the piss out of me.|
|Killshot 53: Give you guys an education and you try to beat the piss out of everybody with it.|
|Midnight Clear 95: I oughta stomp the pissin’ outa ya, mollycoddled lousy quizkid.|
|Native Tongue 53: I’d beat the piss out of you, if I didn’t feel so bad.|
|Guardian Editor 12 May 9: It beats the piss out of a StairMaster.|
|themarshallproject.org 29 Apr. [Internet] When you have African-American officers beating the dog-piss out of people they’re supposed to be policing [...] it's pretty remarkable.on|
|Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] The kid grabbed his throat and tried to strangle him. ‘I damn near beat the piss out of him’.|
to beat severely.
|in Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 86: If you don’t get off that horse this minute, I’ll kick the living piss out of you!|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 249: G’wan! [...] ’Fore we kick de piss ouda yiz.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] I’d had the piss kicked out of me by some pretty rough motherfuckers.‘Requiem for Spider’ in|
to beat up, to assault.
|Frying-Pan 61: They like the tough ones, they enjoy knocking the piss out of them.|
to tease aggressively.
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 64: I’m going ‘My name is Fionn. For Irish press one [...]’ ripping the piss out of him, basically.|
|Black Swan Green 107: Fancying girls’s dangerous [...] Kids at school rip the piss out of you.|
|Viva La Madness 76: I’ve got a feeling I’m having the piss ripped out of me by General Mortimer.|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 174: He scared the piss out of them rich white folks!|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 219: To scare the piss out of those old biddies was their collective intention.|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 151: The PEP guys did real work — they scared the piss out of pushers and dealers.|
|Lessons from the Gypsy Camp 45: If you’re going to fight somebody, scare the piss out of them so they won’t turn you in.|
1. to tease, esp. aggressively.
|They Dug a Hole 8: In the Brigade of Guards [...] we have a language of our own, referring to this harmless, if at times extremely irritating, practice of ‘blackguarding’, or ‘taking the piss out of’ one’s fellows.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 47: I just can’t ’elp taking the piss.|
|Cockade (1965) I i: I’ve had that – if you’d had that you wouldn’t piss take about it.‘Spare’ in|
|Owning Up (1974) 209: Whether to take the piss out of us, or because he thought it genuinely funny, he pretended to be a homosexual.|
|Start in Life (1979) 192: She perpetually takes the piss out of you metropolitan ponces.|
|Educating Rita I i: Look, I know I take the piss an’ that but I’m dead serious really.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] Everyone just takes the piss out of him [...] but he never cops it.|
|Guardian G2 15 Mar. 4: She takes the piss out of his pretentiousness.|
|Shooting in the Dark (2002) 107: As soon as we relax you start taking the piss.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘We used to take the piss out of Trip, not to his face of course’.|
|Viva La Madness 62: ‘You’re taking the piss now,’ he says, getting twitchy.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I thought he was taking the piss until I saw them [i.e. peacocks] emerge from behind the house.‘Killing Peacocks’ in|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 227: I decide to take the piss, peppering my pieces with humour.|
2. to attack verbally, to sneer or jeer at.
|Buttons 143: They implied they had thought the prospects were wankers taking the piss out of the club.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 23: A boy called Billy Robinson kept [...] taking the piss out of me.|
|Darkest Day (1998) 335: Everyone started taking the piss out of the Pre-Raffs.|
|Guardian 11 Jan. 4: I don’t think he’s racist or taking the piss out of black people.|
|Life 67: Loads of flash little sons of bitches would come down [...] to take the piss out of the art school students.|
|Crongton Knights 184: ‘You kept taking the living piss out of my uniform!’.|
3. to make something up, to say something ludicrous, to make grand claims, to joke; e.g. he must be taking the piss, he must be joking (because what he is saying is so ridiculous or unfair etc).
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Listen I know the Government keeps asking us to save energy, but this is taking the piss!‘Ashes to Ashes’|
|Powder 282: It’s a bad precedent, isn’t it, so early into a relationship. He’s taking the piss.|
|Erotic Rev. Feb. 27: The idea that to hold back ejaculation all you have to do is tighten the same pelvic muscle that you use to stem the flow when you pass water, is, to employ the obvious phrase, taking the piss.|
|Decent Ride 37: Yir littin um take the pish again. Eftir aw the years that he humiliated ye.|
4. of a person, to act absurdly, to play the fool.
|Powder 209: He could only think Adam was taking the piss by running up a drugs tab.|
|Grits 25: Specky looks at me as if tuh say: You takin’ thuh fuckin piss, mate?|
|Guardian 8 Aug. [Internet] The kids have seen the opportunity to take the piss now – because they feel like they've been taken the piss out of their whole lives.|
5. of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Curvy Lovebox 119: Cunt’s takin’ the fuckin’ piss.|
to beat severely.
|‘That’s Why I Carry’ [lyrics] I wanna whip the piss out / And this not a threat.|
see beat the piss out of