Green’s Dictionary of Slang

town n.2

SE in slang uses

[late 18C] London as the home of louche urban pursuits and individuals.

In compounds

town bull (n.) [SE town bull, a bull housed in turn by the cow-keepers of a village]

1. [late 17C–18C] a promiscuous man.

2. [late 17C–early 19C; 1910s–20s] a ‘whoremaster’, i.e. a pimp or procurer.

town clown (n.) (also clown)

[1910s–60s] (US) a police officer working in a village or small town.

town pump (n.) (also town punch, town punch board) [pump n. (1f)/punch n.]

[1970s+] a very promiscuous woman.

town stallion (n.) [stallion n. (1)]

[late 17C–18C] a womanizer, a lecher.

town tabby (n.) [colloq. Town, London + tabby n. (1)]

[mid-19C] a smart dowager.

town toddler (n.) [toddler n. (1), i.e. one who wanders around open to exploitation]

[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a gullible person, prey to confidence tricksters.

town trap (n.) [pun on SE trap, to ensnare / trap n.1 (2)]

[late 17C–early 18C] a pimp.

In phrases

go all over town with (v.) [the tongue ‘travels’ around the body. Usu. used by a prostitute as part of the ‘menu’ of paid services she can offer; a ‘localized’ var. of around the world n.]

[1940s+] to lick and suck the partner’s body, incl. the genitals and sometimes the anus.

in town (adj.)

1. [early 19C] well-off, having plenty of money.

2. [1960s] (US campus) acceptable.

lawless as a town bull (adj.)

[late 17C–early 19C] of a man, extremely promiscuous.

on the town (also upon the town) [18C SE on the town, in the swing of fashionable life; 19C use implies that those so occupied are not fashionable, merely dedicated to urban pleasures, smart or not]

1. [early 18C–1950s] working as a prostitute; thus take to the town, to work as a prostitute.

2. [early–mid-19C] living as a professional criminal.

3. [early–mid-19C] living as a sophisticate, a man of the world.

out of town [i.e. lit. or fig. absent]

1. [early 19C] in prison for debt.

2. [early–late 19C] hard up, penniless.

3. [mid-19C] unexcited, unstimulated.

4. [1920s–60s] (US Und.) in prison.

5. [1940s–60s] (US) crazy.

6. [1960s] (US black) unacceptable, unfashionable.

In exclamations

fire down town!

[1950s] (W.I.) a call for speedy and generous service, esp. on arriving at a bar and calling for a quick round of drinks.

get out of town!

[1980s+] (orig. US black/campus) a general excl. of disbelief, dismissal.