Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sheet n.

[abbr. SE sheet of paper; note WWI milit. on the sheet, charged with an offence]

1. [mid-18C+] a newspaper, a magazine [mainly US since 20C+].

2. [late 19C] (US tramp) a shirt.

3. [late 19Cs+] a single unit of paper currency, e.g. £1, $1, one euro.

4. [1930s–40s] (US Und.) a cigarette paper.

5. [1930s+] (US Und.) an official police record.

6. [1960s+] a perforated sheet of LSD-impregnated blotting-paper, which can be torn into 100 separate doses of LSD.

In compounds

sheet passer (n.)

[1930s–40s] (US Und.) one who passes counterfeit notes.

In phrases

brown sheet (n.)

[1970s–80s] (UK black) a £10 note.

bunk sheet (n.) [bunk n.2 (1)]

[1920s–30s] (US) a sensational newspaper.

scream sheet (n.) [screamer n. (3b)]

[1920s+] (US) a tabloid newspaper (more recently on digital media); also attrib.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

sheet alley (n.) (also sheet lane)

[mid-19C–1900s] bed; thus go down sheet alley into Bedfordshire, to go to bed.

sheet-boy (n.)

[1930s] (Aus.) a bookmaker.

sheet-slinger (n.)

[late 19C+] (US campus) a chambermaid.

In phrases

cheat sheet (n.)

[1950s+] (US campus) notes smuggled into an examination.

drag through the sheet (v.)

see under drag v.1

have a sheet short (v.)

[1930s+] (Aus.) to be eccentric.

hit the sheets (v.) [1920s+]

1. to go to bed.

2. (US) to have sexual intercourse.

3. (US gay/lesbian) to be passive to the overtures of another woman.