Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crap n.1

also crop
[sense 1: SE crap, waste, chaff or Fr. crape, dirt, cognate with dirt n. (1); thus linked to sense 2, mix of Du. krappen, to pluck off, cut off or separate + OF crappe, waste or rejected matter, siftings, particularly ‘the grain trodden under feet in the barn, and mingled with the straw and dust’; ult. Med. Lat. crappa, crapinum, the smaller chaff]

1. (also crapp) money.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]C. Hitchin Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 16: He was a good Customer to me, by spending much of his Crop at my House.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 204: Crap, money. Nim the crap, to steal the money. Wheedle for crap, to coax money out of anybody.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: crap Money. [Ibid.] n.p.: Crop is also a common Cant Word for Money.
[UK]Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 19: In the Mornings we’re all Fortune-hunters, / Then spend half our Crop, / And go to the Hop, / And the Night we all spend with the Bunters.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: crop Money.
[UK]Dyche & Pardon New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: crap, or crop money.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: crapp money.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

2. excrement.

J. Churchill ‘Seniority’ in Poems II 130: The Sub, who was, now, a most terrible plight, in; / And, not quite aware of... priority s—ing, / Squeez'd awhile...; 'Well!' says he, 'then, the best friends must part;' / Crap! Crap! 'twas a moist one! a right Brewer's ****!
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 68: Vhy, thunder me groggy! if any trav’ler gets rest there – why it is a reglar bug trap [...] and stinks of crap and cag like a dunniken.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 103: An Irishman and an Italian were working on a sewer full of crap.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 330: crap — [...] excrement.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 23: I was the guy had to pick fly crap out of the pepper with boxing gloves.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 124: There didn’t look like there was anything in the park except dog crap and globs of spit.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 52: Tell Brown [...] to wipe the crap from his nose after he sticks it up the most reverend bishop’s fanny!
[UK]G.F. Newman Villain’s Tale 31: Right down to the structure of the crap they had that morning.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 113: Now I know who to call about all the dog crap.
[UK]Guardian G2 29 Mar. 17: It is men who are especially useless at dealing with their crap.

3. dirt, mess.

[UK]R.F. Walond Paddiana I 96: Sure I can’t spare her till we’ve got in the praties. What could I do wid all the crap on my hands?
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 20: You don’t want to shovel crap in a stinking ship’s galley all your life.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 31: It was always rusty as hell and full of lather and hairs and crap. He never cleaned it.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 189: Signing on this time as a coal fireman on a black gang. Damm-sam, I never knew what a slave was until I began to shovel that black crap.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 40: She [...] spat the mouthful of crap she had brought up down the drain.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 33: You just stay back there Mr. Tillman. No reason for you to get your shoes dirty stepping in all this crap.
[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 258: Red was [...] spraying Farrell’s phone with window cleaner and rubbing it furiously with a tissue [...] ‘I’ve cleaned off all the crap,’ he said brightly.

4. nonsense.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 26: Crap [...] Treachery. See ‘bunk,’ ‘bull,’ ‘con’.
[US]T. Wolfe Look Homeward, Angel (1930) 190: I guess Little Maudie will fill up the column to-morrow with some of her crap [...] ‘The Younger Set,’ she calls it.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 224: Most things are just plain crap to me.
[US]P. Wylie Generation of Vipers 133: The statements and figures upon which Hitler bases his monstrous accusations are simply crap.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 7: Now he’s going to start that crap about the thirty year men. [Ibid.] 161: He was needling you with all that crap about being yellow.
[UK]C. Lee diary 17 Apr. in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 100: Forget the fancy toe painting or Madame Butterfly crap.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘A Study of Reading Habits’ in Whitsun Weddings 31: Get stewed: / Books are a load of crap.
[US]San Diego Sailor 12: During the day we just passed the usual crap like the others.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 134: We don’t listen to the crap they call sociology.
[US](con. 1917–18) H. Berry Make the Kaiser Dance 54: ‘Oh come on, Jim,’ I answered, ‘can that crap, you know it’s bad luck.’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 151: What would I want with all this crap?
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 274: Which was crap, an unnecessary lie.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] These two Poms run it, trained by Vidal Sassoon, all that crap.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 8: All that facking goth crap as well, man!
[UK]Observer Mag. 27 Nov. 10: I don’t believe in a lot of the religious crap that’s spoke.
[US] N. Flexner Disassembled Man [ebook] Please, Frankie. Save your crap for the outhouse.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] [He] threatened to arrest me or take away my PI licence if I got involved in any more crap.
[UK]A. Wheatle Crongton Knights 107: God! I missed Mum. She would have sorted this crap out’.

5. (US) insolence, cheek; rudeness.

[US]R. Chandler ‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in Red Wind (1946) 92: A little less of your crap, copper.
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 96: They didn’t fling any crap his way, but they didn’t warm to him either.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] I waitresssed [...] for fifteen years, getting paid nothing, customers giving me crap all day.
[UK]Independent on Sun. Sport 13 Mar. 22/5: If he would have made par after that drive we would probably have given him a bit of crap about it.

6. rubbish, anything useless or unpleasant.

[US]E. Hemingway letter 3 Dec. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 171: Very favourable but enough to turn your stomach to have to read that sort of crap.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 114: Her big trunks and her hatboxes and all that crap.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 92: They’re ZI-ing me. It’s one way to get out of all this crap. He told me about the new truth drug they gave him.
[US]T. Williams Camino Real Block Twelve: This filing system is screwed up [...] File this crap under crap!
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 19: Hey, throw this crap outta here!
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 15: I heard the voice of the screw, ‘Let’s get this crap going’.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 314: There’ll be no crap lying around when you get back.
[UK]D. Lodge Therapy (1996) 22: They may be producing crap, acting in crap, writing crap, but they try and make it perfect crap.
[US]J. Lethem Fortress of Solitude 430: His cards for Raf were head and shoulders above the usual crap.
[UK]K. Richards Life 5: I cannot understand why I bothered to carry all that crap around.

7. an act of defecation.

[US]J.J. Finerty Criminalese.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 68: God of war, did I want a crap.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 78: BLACK BIRD ON – TREE TOP – HAS HAD ITS FIRST CRAP.
[UK]Guardian G2 29 Mar. 17: Dying for a crap.

8. a non-specific descriptor, ‘stuff’, ‘things’.

[US]S. Kingsley Dead End Act I: He trew dat crap on me!
[US]A. Lomax Mister Jelly Roll (1952) 144: [footnote] I met Jelly in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1912 [...] I told him to cut out the funny crap and stick to the piano crap and he’d do all right.
[UK](con. WWII) G. Sire Deathmakers 45: This ain’t softball, you know what I mean? That crap’s for the birds.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 412: Would you look at all that crap! Boy, I take my hat off to you.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) xiii: I’m always very sneaky and I get away with a lot more crap.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 238: Says both boys were trouble, mostly B and E, auto theft, crap like that.

9. (US gang) fighting.

Hal Ellson Duke 91: Bugger yells: ‘The crap’s on!’ We started shooting then.

10. (US) nothing at all.

[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 14: Eddie Lewis, spent almost two years at Princeton, got crap.
Hal Ellson Jailbait Street (1963) 55: I thought you were with me [...] You didn’t do crap.
[US]C. Browne Body Shop 15: You guys don’t know crap about prison.

11. of people, a general derog. term.

[UK]P. Larkin letter 15 Aug. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 89: A month or so ago I had a letter from some crap I dimly knew at Oxford saying he was preparing an anthology.
[US](con. 1943–5) A. Murphy To Hell and Back (1950) 234: You crawling, creeping crap from Texas.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 10 May in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 227: Life is lean here, full of horrible craps like Arthur.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘Vers de Société’ in High Windows 35: My wife and I have asked a crowd of craps / To come and waste their time and ours: perhaps.
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 67: I have inside me [...] an inbuilt shit-detector, which activates the moment it gets a whiff of foul-mouthed crap like you!
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 81: Of course they treated the divisional CID like crap.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We Have No 116: We’re tired of being treated like crap.

12. a damn n.; esp. in phr. (not) give a crap.

[US]Kerouac Visions of Cody (1973) 64: Nobody made a move to notice or even gave much of a crap.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 107: He doesn’t give a crap what happens to Sullivan.
P. Roth Portnoy’s Compaint 10: Don’t they give a single crap for the loved ones they leave behind?

13. (drugs) marijuana.

[US]Rigney & Smith Real Bohemia xiii: blast crap, to to smoke marijuana.

14. (drugs, also crop) low-quality heroin.

[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 19: Are you holding that crap from Sully?
[US]R. Stone Dog Soldiers (1976) 12: I hope you’re not doing this crap.
[US]‘Gloss. of Drug Terms’ National Instit. Drug Abuse.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 7: Crap — Low quality heroin; Crop — Low quality heroin.

In derivatives

craperoo (n.) (also crappadooley, crapperoo) [-eroo sfx]

(US) absolute rubbish, nonsense.

L. Zinberg Walk Hard – Talk Loud 313: Bachelo winked at Andy and said, ‘The ole craperoo! Come on, forget that you lost.’ .
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 12: Ladling out the old craperoo about [...] old Joe Roundheels.
[US]J. Thompson Swell-Looking Babe 126: Maybe it sounds like the old craperoo.
W. Brinkley Fun House 191: She talks about wanting to get away from all this, and such lofty crapperoo.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 116: Not because [...] of the Bible or anything of that crappadooley. [Ibid.] 122: Nine times out of ten, the tip you get from the squarejohn is pure crapperoo.
Shea & Wilson Golden Apple 188: Which was all pure crapperoo.
in P. Siskind Easy Riders, Raging Bulls 199: I just want you to tell a straight story from beginning to end, with no craperoo.
crapless (adj.)

(US) terrified.

W. Winslow If Man Be Mad 380: You ain’t mad, you’re scared crapless. Every time you think about it you get scared.
M.A. Cooper Sironia, Texas II 1576: Honest to God, I’m scared crapless when I think how I was back there just a minute ago.
C. Mairowitz Open Space Plays 36: After you do a job, like I’m gonna on somebody, they're scared crapless . . . glad to give ya both sides o’ the street.
L. Goldberg Madame Cleo’s Girls 68: I’ll bet her phone is jumping off the hook with clients who are scared crapless with this news.
[US]Wkly World News 18 Apr. 4/3: I’m sure she was scared crapless too. Just imagine Bigfoot running around with your sweet princess daughter in his arms.
crapness (n.)

inferiority, mediocrity.

[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 259: Fuck Our Lady’s [Convent] an its crapness.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 26 Feb. 8: The show was about the crapness of the come-back, blowing one’s own myth.
crapola (n.) (also crapolo) [-ola sfx]

(US) nonsense, rubbish.

[US]T. Thursday ‘Good Luck is No Good’ in Federal Agent Nov. [Internet] Aw, I don’t believe in that crapolo anymore!
[US]B. Schulberg What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 122: Don’t pull that Jewish crapola on me.
[US](con. 1945) G. Forbes Goodbye to Some (1963) 115: Segrave shattered what he considered her flimsy convictions with a well-planted ‘crapola!’ here and there.
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 192: All that Casablanca crapola is a red herring.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 135: I tell the guy I don’t want no chickenshit Marine Corps crapola.
[US]theStranger.com 9:23 24 Feb.–1 Mar. [Internet] But be warned: Dolls who’ve been repeatedly dumped by guys struggling with clichéd, fear-of-commitment crapola eventually adopt new stratagems.
[US]Mad mag. June 20: Dudes he ‘takes for a ride’ who never shut up with the ‘Are we there yet?!?!’ crapola.

In compounds

crap-artist (n.) (also crap merchant) [-artist sfx/merchant n.]

(US) a liar, an exaggerator, a deceiver.

J.T. Farrell in Guillotine Party and Other Stories 269: I want to tell you what a goddamn crap artist you are!
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 51/2: Crap merchant. A liar; a persuasive talker who lies for profit.
[US]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 162: Grossman was a crap-artist.
[UK]F. Norman Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 59: Yuh’re a crap artist, Ed. Yuh’d better shape up before yuh time runs out.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 80: He said it was gonna get him millions and he lost it all on account of me. Tony’s a crap artist.
crapbrain (n.)

a general term of abuse, based on the alleged stupidity of the recipient.

P. Dizadji ‘Telethon to Aid Bitter Old Fart’ on ‘Heavily Papered’ at Puppetland.com [Internet] Okay, detractors will say that Mushnick is a clueless crap-brain who probably lives in a one-room firetrap with too many cats.
crap creek (n.) [var. on shit creek n.]

(US) a troublesome, threatening situation.

[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 150: I’ll be up crap creek without a paddle.
[US] oral testimony in Lighter HDAS I 511: If I don’t come up with three bucks, I’m up crap creek.
craphead (n.) (also crapface) [-head sfx (1)]

(orig. US) a fool, an unpleasant person.

[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 36: You’re boots! Crapheads! The lowest [...] form of animal life.
[Ire]T. Murphy Whistle in the Dark Act III: That’s a very handy one always when any of us, the thick lads, says anything about the big nobs – crap faces.
Poke On Line 27 Dec. [Internet] Spotty teenager S... C... has been nicknamed Craphead Slaphead becauuse his acne spells out the word A-R-S-E.
[US]Chicago Trib. 18 Aug. TAB-25/1: Not to mention phrases like ‘L-7 weenie’ and ‘pee-drinking crap-face’.
crapheap (n.)

(Aus.) a filthy, disgusting place .

[Aus]R. Fitzgerald Pushed from the Wings (1989) 131: In fact, when I close down the crap-heap I think I will [have someone transferred].
craphole (n.)

a filthy, disgusting place.

[US] in A. Banks First-Person America (1980) 55: Reminds me of Wilson’s. Boy, what a craphole!
[US]Jones & Jones Face of War 166: Jesus, what a craphole this is!
L. Giovannitti Medal of Honor 36: If there were any more Idas been long gone from this craphole.
[UK]Guardian G2 28 May 7: Back to the ‘craphole’ he thought he’d left behind forever.
craphouse (n.)

see separate entry.

crapmound (n.)

a general term of abuse, lit. a ‘heap of shit’.

[UK]K. Williams Diaries 3 July 116: That bogus old crapmound Norman Shelby was in it. Terribly funny really.
crap paper (n.)

(US) lavatory paper.

[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 141: Would I like to be there when they turn the crank and this crap paper comes flowing out.
crap-pushing (adj.)

a general derisory epithet.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 139: You could have my crap-pushing job and I wouldn’t care.
crap-sack (adj.)

terrible, of very poor quality .

[US]Mad mag. Sept. 4: Are we using the word ‘crap-sack’ correctly when describing your letters?
crap-scared (adj.)

terrified.

[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 125: I got crap-scared. I thought as the whole boob was going mad, and me also.
crap shooter (n.) [shoot (the) crap ]

(US) one who talks nonsense.

[US]C. Sandburg ‘In My Father’s House’ in Amer. Songbag 483: There ain’t no liars there in my Father’s house [...] There ain’t no crapshooters there In my Father’s house.
[US]E.C. Segar ‘Popeye’ Thimble Theatre series No. 1 n.p.: I’ll handle the money because you’re a crap-shooter at heart.
[US]S. Lewis Kingsblood Royal (2001) 91: Dis-here congoleum of crapshooters is powuhful lakly to perish in dat ole lake of fire.
[US]S. Longstreet Straw Boss (1979) 270: Martin, meet Davey Wasserman, the greatest crapshooter the paratroopers ever put into the field.

In phrases

cut the crap (v.)

see separate entry.

get one’s crap hot (v.)

(US) to lose one’s temper.

[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 397: Don’t get your crap hot, Max.
go take a crap

a phr. of dismissal, rejection.

[US]R. Graziano in Heller In This Corner (1974) 284: I told the guy to go take a crap for himself.
like crap

a general intensifier, often of speed.

[UK]N. Bradley ‘Blind Old Kate’ [Internet] He’d have to [...] ride like crap and get the fuck out of there.
line of crap (n.)

nonsensical talk, usu. intended to persuade.

[US]Hecht & MacArthur Front Page Act III: My God, I’m a sap! Falling for your line of crap ... !
[US]V.F. Nelson Prison Days and Nights 25: The line of crap they hand out to the papers and the women’s clubs.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 126/2: Line of crap. A persuasive line of talk saturated with impressive lies.
shoot (the) crap (v.) (also sling the crap) [shoot v. (5)/sling v. (2a)]

to talk nonsense.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 34: You’re going to find all the air corps joes shooting crap on the front terrace.
[US](con. early 1930s) C. McKay Harlem Glory (1990) 51: ‘Cooperate how?’ said irritated Buster. ‘You’re going to shoot that crap again?’.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 197/2: Sling the crap. To tell grossly exaggerated stories; to lie artfully; to boast.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 42: They weren’t just shooting the crap. They really meant it.
[US]F. Kohner Affairs of Gidget 72: You’re not shooting the crap?
take a crap (v.)

to defecate.

[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 123: Piss on the floor, if you like. I wish I could take a crap in the bureau drawer.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 239: When a chap took a crap / In the woods.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 140: An efficient young fellow named Cave / Said, ‘Think of the time that I save / By avoiding vacations / And sexy relations, / And taking a crap while I shave’.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 175: I wish I was a diamond on pretty Lulu’s hand / And every time she’d take a crap I’d see the promised land.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 160: Every morning the heat knows [...] whether or not you took a crap and how many times you made it with your old lady.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 15: Punching out a time card to take a crap.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 266: I took a crap on the rug.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] take a crap v 1. to defecate. (‘I’ve got to go take a crap’.).
take crap (v.) (also eat crap)

to accept bad behaviour, insulting speech etc; thus take no crap, to stand up for one’s rights.

[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 167: I’ll stay home if it means eatin’ all that crap.
[US]J.T. Farrell Tommy Gallagher’s Crusade 37: I don’t see why I [...] have to be a flunky for Jews, open doors and elevators for ’em, say yes sir and yes ma’m to ’em, run their goddamn errands, take crap from sheenies.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 242: I have to take enough crap on the ward in the daytime. I didn’t come here to have the likes of you insult me.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 40: When I start taking crap you can pull a headstone over me.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 48: Knows the score. Not going to take a lot of crap.
[US] Ice-T ‘Drama’ [lyrics] Cruisin’ for a bruisin’, I’m takin’ no crap.
talk crap (v.)

(orig. US) to talk nonsense.

[US]C. McKay Banjo 158: ‘Don’t talk crap about home cooking in them monkey islands,’ Banjo interrupted.
[UK]A. Petry Narrows 262: Don’t talk that crap to me.
[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 47: Because we talk huge amounts of crap that don’t mean a goddamned thing – into the air.

In exclamations

for crap’s sake!

see separate entry.

no crap!

a semi-euph. for no shit! excl.

[US]H. McCoy Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 307: ‘You’re a good dancer,’ I said. ‘No crap. You’re good.’.
‘Don Elliott’ Gang Girl (2011) 19: ‘Guess what [...] I’m moving out next month.’ ‘No crap? How come?’.
[US]I. Freeman Out of the Burning (1961) 147: No crap.