1. (US) a certainty, e.g. in betting.
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 4: I wouldnt even tell this to my mother. ‘Pajaroita’ is a lunch in the first.|
|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.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 116: A punch in the lunch.in Zwilling|
|‘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.
|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].
|Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 34: He was lunch, red meat ripe for the ripping.|
|Christine 17: This car is lunch, my friend. It’s just total lunch.|
|Et Tu, Babe (1993) 52: The perfect automotive statement for the ‘I’m OK, you’re lunch’ generation.|
3. in sexual contexts.
|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.|
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in 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.|
|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.
|Gayle 80/2: lunch n. male genitals (also lunch box).|
(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.].
|Dict. Contemp. and Colloq. Usage 39/1: Lunch, lunchie, lunchy, n. One who is incompetent or who habitually goofs....a dummy.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: lunch – a person who is unaware, imperceptive, dull.|
|Stud Buds and Dorks 7: An absent-minded or inattentive person [...] lunch [HDAS].|
|Thes. Sl. 260/1: Oaf [...] lamebrain, [...] lunchie.|
|🌐 lunch a complete anus (male or female). f*** off you ‘lunch’.on Urban Dict.|
5. a bonus, a profit [on the pattern of drink n.4 (2)].
|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
(US campus) a dull, foolish person, an undesirable person.
|CUSS 154: Lunch bag An undesirable person. [...] Lunch pail An ugly person, male [...] female.et al.|
|Current Sl. III:4 7: Lunchbox, n. A simpleton.|
|Hot to Trot 17: Sign on the bottom, lunchbag.|
|AS L:1/2 54: lunchbox ‘simpleton’.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|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.|
|Campus Sl. Sept.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 6: lunchsack – dull, boring person.|
|Sl. and Sociability 31: Lunchbox ‘someone who is out of touch with reality’ is a development from the synonymous out to lunch.|
|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.|
|‘Daffydills’ in Atlanta Constitution (GA) 9 Sept. 10: Percy the stalwart deckhand [...] grabbed fair Mabel round the lunch basket.|
|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.in Zwilling|
see separate entry.
1. (US) working-class, blue-collar [lunchpail ].
|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 ].
|(con. 1937) Cell 2455 95: Playboy gave assurance he was no lunch-bucket pimp.|
|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.’.|
|‘The Open Book’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 112: Just a contrary fart and a cow thief at heart, / and actually just a lunch bucket pimp.|
(US) the female breasts.
(US) a hand.
|Slang Fables from Afar 14: [P]utting his right Lunch Grabber on top swore thus [etc].|
|‘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.|
(drugs) the vomiting that may follow an injection of heroin.
|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.|
1. (US campus) the teeth.
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 14: lunch hooks Teeth. ‘He sunk his lunch hooks into the pie.’.|
|DN II:i 45: lunch-hook, n. A tooth.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
2. (orig. US) the hand or fingers.
|Artie (1963) 58: It was right in the dead serious part, just when Florence and Tommy put their lunch-hooks together.|
|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.|
|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.|
|N.Y. Tribune 16 Mar. 16/3: Oscar is standin’ one side with both sets of lunch hooks shoved careless in his side pockets.|
|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’.|
|Prison Community (1940) 333/2: lunch hook, n. The human hand: ‘get your lunch hook out of my kick.’.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 11: Watch the lunch hooks now.|
|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.
|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”’’.|
1. (US campus) a stupid, contemptible person.
|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?’.|
|(con. 1962) 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’).|
|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.
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].|
see lunchbox n. (2)
1. (orig. US) a blue-collar worker; also attrib.
|Time 3 Nov. 35: I don’t need votes from lunch-pailers [HDAS].|
|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.|
|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].|
2. see lunch bag
see lunch counter
see lunch bag
an appetizer, a drink taken before lunch.
|True Drunkard’s Delight 228: You may have a [...] anti-lunch.|
(US) to defeat, injure or outdo someone.
|Current Sl. II:4 4: Eat . . . lunch, v. To get revenge [...] — I’ll eat your lunch for that.|
|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)Fast Copy 167: [T]he Yellow Jacket cheerleaders [...] went into a yell. ‘Hamburger, hotdog! Come on, bunch! Go, you Jackets, Eat their lunch!’ .|
|‘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’.|
to subject to intense pressure.
|Vice Trap 67: You’ll have a few questions to answer [...] They’ll have you for lunch afterward, won’t they.|
see separate entry.
see open one’s lunch(box) under lunchbox n.