Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lunch n.

1. (US) a certainty, e.g. in betting.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 4: I wouldnt even tell this to my mother. ‘Pajaroita’ is a lunch in the first.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 157: Don’t tell a soul. Booger Red is a lunch.

2. in food-related contexts.

(a) (US) the stomach.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 116: A punch in the lunch.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Single Punch’ 3 Mar. [synd, col.] An’ me seconds they bawl, ‘Stay wit’ him, you kid, an’ put yer left in his lunch’.

(b) (US) the contents of the stomach; see lose (one’s) lunch under lose v.

(c) (US) a lunch counter.

[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 8 June [synd. col.] I can sit for an hour gabbing with the counterman in an all night lunch.

(d) something/someone who is about to suffer or be physically hurt, or is already ruined [is only good to serve as food for some large predator].

[UK]D. Nobbs Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 34: He was lunch, red meat ripe for the ripping.
[US]S. King Christine 17: This car is lunch, my friend. It’s just total lunch.
[US]M. Leyner Et Tu, Babe (1993) 52: The perfect automotive statement for the ‘I’m OK, you’re lunch’ generation.

3. in sexual contexts.

(a) cunnilingus.

[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: A face artist is one who goes downtown for lunch and nose-dives into the bushes when he’s hungry.
[US]‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 95: [illus. of man performing cunnilingus; a second man speaks] I’d suggest you put an ‘At Lunch’ card on your door.
[US]‘Joe Bob Briggs’ Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 30: There’s this one scene where two of these skirts get down on an airplane seat and . . . [...] Anyway, these two skirts have lunch on an airplane.

(b) (US gay) the bulge of the genitals under the trousers.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[SA]K. Cage Gayle 80/2: lunch n. male genitals (also lunch box).
[UK]P. Baker Fabulosa 294/2: lunch a man’s crotch.

(c) see basket lunch under basket n.1

4. (US campus, also lunchie, lunchy) a dull, stupid person, a fool [i.e, one who is out to lunch adj.].

[US]Dahlskog Dict. Contemp. and Colloq. Usage 39/1: Lunch, lunchie, lunchy, n. One who is incompetent or who habitually goofs....a dummy.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 2: lunch – a person who is unaware, imperceptive, dull.
Algeo Stud Buds and Dorks 7: An absent-minded or inattentive person [...] lunch [HDAS].
[US]Lewin & Lewin Thes. Sl. 260/1: Oaf [...] lamebrain, [...] lunchie.
Ems on Urban Dict. 🌐 lunch a complete anus (male or female). f*** off you ‘lunch’.

5. a bonus, a profit [on the pattern of drink n.4 (2)].

[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 90: Then I’ve gotta get my loot away from Morty cos he’ll think he’s entitled to a good lunch outta it.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

lunch bag (n.) (also lunchbox, lunch pail, lunchsack) [one who is out to lunch adj.; note OnLine Dict. of Playground Slang (2001): ‘from people who brought lunch to school in a bag, then went off to sit and eat it alone because no-one liked them’]

(US campus) a dull, foolish person, an undesirable person.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 154: Lunch bag An undesirable person. [...] Lunch pail An ugly person, male [...] female.
[US]Current Sl. III:4 7: Lunchbox, n. A simpleton.
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 17: Sign on the bottom, lunchbag.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 54: lunchbox ‘simpleton’.
[US]B. Gutcheon New Girls (1982) 167: I don’t see any reason to have a bunch of lunch pails standing on stage, do you? Like Jilly Putnam. I’be embarrassed.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Sept.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 6: lunchsack – dull, boring person.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 31: Lunchbox ‘someone who is out of touch with reality’ is a development from the synonymous out to lunch.
[US]Da Bomb 🌐 18: Lunch box (Lunch pail): A person who is lunchin’ or in a usual state of lunchin’.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. 🌐 lunchbag n. a loser, person with no friends, doesn’t ‘fit in’ and does nothing right.
lunch-basket (n.) (also lunch-wagon)

the stomach.

T.A. Dorgan ‘Daffydills’ in Atlanta Constitution (GA) 9 Sept. 10: Percy the stalwart deckhand [...] grabbed fair Mabel round the lunch basket.
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 116: A left to the lunch basket won the title for Fitz. [...] James (Britt) dropped his man with a belt in the lunch wagon.
lunchbox (n.)

see separate entry.

lunch bucket (adj.)

1. (US) working-class, blue-collar [lunchpail ].

[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 192: Against the collar clan the lunch bucket brigadiers — [...] grease-monkeys, slaughter house bullies, platerers and brick-layers didn’t stand a chance.

2. (US) stupid, dull, uninspiring [lunch bag ].

[US](con. 1937) C. Chessman Cell 2455 95: Playboy gave assurance he was no lunch-bucket pimp.
[US]Wisconsin State Jrnl 17 Jan. 1-2: A couple of other terms to describe bad dates as well as other people who don’t find favor with students are ‘lunch bucket’ or ‘out-to-lunch.’.
[US] ‘The Open Book’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 112: Just a contrary fart and a cow thief at heart, / and actually just a lunch bucket pimp.
lunch counter (n.) (also lunchpails) [their provision of milk]

(US) the female breasts.

[US] in DARE.
lunch-grabber (n.)

(US) a hand.

[US]A. Kleberg Slang Fables from Afar 14: [P]utting his right Lunch Grabber on top swore thus [etc].
H. Green ‘Troubles of Two Girls’ in S.F. Chron. 8 June 31/1: If a party’s gettin’ his lunch-grabbers prettied he’s more likely to commit himself.
lunch gut (n.)

(drugs) the vomiting that may follow an injection of heroin.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 77: When ‘shooting’ or injecting the drug Dilaudid or a good quality heroin, most people become nauseated and vomit within the first few minutes. This does not last long and it is called dumping or spilling your lunch guts.
lunch-hooks (n.) [SE lunch hook, a hook used to remove meat from the pot]

1. (US campus) the teeth.

[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 14: lunch hooks Teeth. ‘He sunk his lunch hooks into the pie.’.
[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 45: lunch-hook, n. A tooth.

2. (orig. US) the hand or fingers.

[US]Ade Artie (1963) 58: It was right in the dead serious part, just when Florence and Tommy put their lunch-hooks together.
[US]St Paul Globe (MN) 1 Dec. 20/2: Anything floating by within reaching distance will be pulled down by the lunch hooks of one C. Colombo.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 74: The right lunch hook is held in the air [...] when extended mitt comes in contact with edible, the tentacles close.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 16 Mar. 16/3: Oscar is standin’ one side with both sets of lunch hooks shoved careless in his side pockets.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 12 Sept. [synd. col.] The custodian of the free lunch counter carried a blackjack which he used on those [...] ‘got too high, wide and handsome with their lunch hooks’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 333/2: lunch hook, n. The human hand: ‘get your lunch hook out of my kick.’.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 11: Watch the lunch hooks now.
Meyer & Ebert Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] Porter Hall is trying to get his lunch hooks on that dough.

3. one who enjoys their food.

[Aus]Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 27 July 8/5: [US speaker] ‘We’ve been loaded down with the sort of grub that makes all of us “lunch-hooks”, so have no call for crabbin’ or feeling “peeved”’’.
lunchmeat (n.) (also Joe Lunchmeat)

1. (US campus) a stupid, contemptible person.

[US]J. Wambaugh New Centurions 76: ‘I‘m suspicious, huh? I’m black so that makes me suspicious, huh? Black man is just ol‘ Joe Lunchmeat to you, huh?’.
[US](con. 1962) G. Wolff Duke of Deception (1990) 209: Club members [...] gave a grade to the sophomore, from the highest (1: ‘ace’) to the lowest (7: [...] ‘lunchmeat,’ ‘banana,’ ‘wonk,’ ‘wombat,’ ‘turkey’).
J. Britt Helen’s Challenge 16: Lunchmeat was a man of nervous vitality, and he had little patience for self-pity or sloth.

2. (US gay) the bulge of the genitals through the trousers.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.

3. (US) nonsense.

ALF [NBC-TV] Aw, lunchmeat! [HDAS].
Jerry Springer Show [TV series] What? My points have been lunchmeat? [HDAS].

4. (US) a victim.

Mystery Science Theater [TV] I hope this works, or little Billy will be lunchmeat [HDAS].
lunchpail (n.) (also lunchpailer) [metonymy]

1. (orig. US) a blue-collar worker; also attrib.

[US]Time 3 Nov. 35: I don’t need votes from lunch-pailers [HDAS].
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 187: He was touching Inez then, softer than you’d expect from a lunchpail, more like one of those executive-suite smoothies.
[US]N.Y. Times Mag. 2 Aug. 50: Traditional lunch-pail liberals and progressive Democrats are beginning to question the vitality of their own programmes [HDAS].
[US]R.A. Dickey Wherever I Wind Up 229: Joe Dillon is a Sounds teammate, a corner infielder with big muscles and a lunch-pail work ethic.

2. see lunch bag

In phrases

anti-lunch (n.) [either the drink is seen as counteracting one’s appetite or the sp. should be ante-]

an appetizer, a drink taken before lunch.

[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight 228: You may have a [...] anti-lunch.
eat someone’s lunch (v.) (also have someone’s lunch)

(US) to defeat, injure or outdo someone.

[US]Current Sl. II:4 4: Eat . . . lunch, v. To get revenge [...] — I’ll eat your lunch for that.
D. Jenkins Saturday’s America 17: You had to scratch, bite and spit at the other guy all day long or he would have your lunch.
(con. 1930s) D. Jenkins Fast Copy 167: [T]he Yellow Jacket cheerleaders [...] went into a yell. ‘Hamburger, hotdog! Come on, bunch! Go, you Jackets, Eat their lunch!’ .
E. Shrake ‘How to Live Forever’ in Davis Permanent Wave 315: Ole Roopey is going to eat their lunch at the U.S. Open out at Riviera. He’s a proud representative of Texas’.
have someone for lunch (v.)

to subject to intense pressure.

[US]E. Gilbert Vice Trap 67: You’ll have a few questions to answer [...] They’ll have you for lunch afterward, won’t they.
out to lunch (adj.)

see separate entry.