|Wise-crack Dict. 6/1: Carbolic acid – Goodbye in any language.|
|High Window 215: ‘Last night—’ she said, and stopped and coloured. ‘Let’s use a little of the old acid,’ I said. ‘Last night you told me you killed Vannier and then you told me you didn’t.’.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 220: Enough of your old acid.|
|‘Sea Sl. of the Twentieth Century’ in AS XXVIII:2 121: Common, nonnautical usage such as chicken fruit for eggs and acid for sarcasm.|
|Signs of Crime 85: Acid (a) Cheekiness (especially in a child).|
an unpleasant, ill-tempered person.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 26 July 4/8: ‘What are you standing there for?’ demanded the missus, a hard-tempered old acid-drop.|
to act contrarily, aggressively, to argue; to be unpleasant or offensive, to speak in a caustic or sarcastic manner, sometimes with affection.
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 3: Coming the acid, stretching the truth; making oneself unpleasant; trying to pass on a duty; exaggerating one’s authority.|
|They Drive by Night 87: Oh yeah? Left your coat behind on a night like this. Don’t come that old acid. We wasn’t born yesterday.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 132: Don’t start coming the urr er bleeding acid, for Christ’s sake.|
|Cockney 286: ‘Got a fag, Tom?’ ‘What! you coming the old acid again! ’Course I ’ave – ’e’y’ar!’.|
|Absolute Beginners 19: Don’t come the acid drop.|
|Little of What You Fancy (1985) 481: That was coming the old acid a bit, wasn’t it?|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 132: You like giving orders, yet you don’t come the acid.|
to inform on, to tell tales about, to poison someone’s mind against.
|Cockney 286: Bill’s getting his cards this week – shame – some dirty cowson must have been putting the acid in!|
|Signs of Crime 171: Acid, to put in the To inform against, or to say something unpleasant about someone in his absence.|
1. (Aus.) to render impoverished; thus acid school, a gambling venue that takes its clients’ cash (prob. via cheating) .
|Gadfly (Adelaide) 14 Mar. 9/1: ‘Well, suddenly the commission agent goes broke over the Newmarket. “That puts the acid on him,” says I.’ / ‘The acid?’ I queried. / ‘Wipes him out,’ explained the sporty person. ‘You see, I had a bit of sugar – that’s money’ – he said it sarcastically – ‘so I was well in the running.’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Sept. 4/7: For the ‘push’ only. Notorious peter joint is now known as the ‘acid school’.|
2. (Aus.) to exert pressure on a person for a loan, a favour, sexual compliance etc [supposedly orig. used by gold assayers who tested ‘real’ gold with acid].
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Mar. n.p.: Note ‘to put the gas on’ — a variant of ‘to put the acid on’, — the latter familiar slang from the mine-assayer’s lexicon.|
|Anzac Book 151: For the Allies put the acid on the Hohenzollern crowd, / And they piled the costs on William when they knew they had him cowed.|
|Worker (Brisbane) 21 Dec. 14/3: When a bagman would ‘put the acid’ on him for rations he would say [etc.].|
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 329: He buzzes off to put the acid on Yacob for a photo.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 17: Piddling all your savings up against a pub wall and putting the acid on some scrawny sheilas.|
|N.Z. Parliamentary Debates 1073: Mr Whitehead — Was the threat by the two members concerned to promote a private member’s Bill the reason the Prime Minister put the acid on his Ministers?|
|Eng. Lang. in Aus. and N.Z. 107: The list of items valid in both countries is a long one and would include [...] put the acid on ‘persuade pressingly’.|
|Super Sid 225: The minute I arrived in Auckland the selectors started putting the acid on me. Jack Gleeson approached me first and asked if I would consider making myself available. I explained why I couldn’t.|
3. to speak sarcastically, aggressively.
|Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 11/8: If Ah Tye’s mistress had not put on the acid too much my client would have made good the damages.|
4. to put a stop to.
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 232: Put The Acid On, To: [...] To put a stop to.|
5. to confirm.
|diary 28 July Grants Militaria [Internet] After being a day ‘off duty’ Doctor gave me a ‘ticket for Lemnos’. Was sick in his surgery which put the acid on it.|
6. to test out a person or statement.
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 232: Put The Acid On, To: To test a statement, or a man.|
|Timely Tips For New Australians 23: TO ‘PUT THE ACID ON.’ — To put to the test.|
|G’DAY 106: Suppose we get this, tart to one side [and] see if we can buy er off? [...] Really put the acid on -see if she bites.|
(US) to stand up under pressure, to maintain one’s composure.
|Sandburrs 48: D’ old woman [...] stood d’ acid all right.‘Mollie Matches’ in|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 50: In every emergency with which he had to cope the man ‘stood the acid’.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 423: When the boss picks out a new man we give him the third degree; and if he stands the acid [...] we let him in.‘Mister Conley’ in|
|Lynch Lawyers 275: They’ve been licked, the both of ’em, an’ licked good [...] Square Face showed he wouldn’t stand the acid right after he was shot. Yesterday I couldn’t ’a’ talked to him like I did without a battle. To-day he quit cold.|
|Aus. Parliamentary Debates 104 1622: The proposition made by that honorable senator will not stand the acid of common sense.|
(Aus.) to speak honestly, without sarcasm.
|Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 64: katie: Don’t you worry. I’ll come back all right, bright and early too. chopsey: Take the acid off.Woman Tamer in|