1. fashionable, exclusive [SE in 16C].
|Autobiog. (1859) 42: Although it was Lady Cork’s ‘Pink night’, the rendezvous of the fashionable exclusives, we got away as soon as Sir Charles came up.|
|(ref. to 1820) Wash. Times (DC) 31 Oct. 19/2: A century ago in London social circles [a] fashionable woman was called a ‘pink lady’ .|
2. left-wing, socialist (rather than Communist, ie. red adj. (2)).
|Times 4 Mar. 3/4: Monday night the flags of the Blues were paraded through the town [i.e. Boston] by torch-light; and the Pink party had a meeting .|
|What Will He Do With It? 9: I’m for the old times; my neighbour, Joe Spruce, is for the new, and says we are all a-progressing. But he’s a pink —I’m a blue. [...] I’m a Tory.—that’s blue; and Spruce is a Rad—that’s pink!|
|Popular Detective Oct. [Internet] Leon Potsky had tagged a dozen Stalinites during his reign as editor of the more than pink weekly rag.‘Dog Collared’ in|
|One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 99: A debate between this dirty pink jerk who thought we should scrap the H bomb [,...] and an Air Force person.|
|Cotters’ England (1980) 235: I just had to tick off that damn, pussy-footing, pale pink journalist, Robin Bramble!|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 201: It’s not just a question of whether or not the girl’s Pink.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 33: Oswald’s pink. Oswald’s Red. Oswald loves Fidel.|
3. a general intensifier, extreme, absolute; esp. as (not) a pink thing.
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 21: pink a. Used to intensify the negative. ‘He didn’t know a pink thing about the lesson.’.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 126: The Lady President [...] began to read a few Pink Thoughts on ‘Women’s destiny — Why Not?’.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 8: Don’t I like yer pink cheek, polin’ in on ’er bloke’s ticket, ’n’ then doin’ the smoodge with his cobber.‘The Picnic’ in|
|Bystander (London) 17 Dec. 3/1: ‘England was merrie [...] when there wren’t no (pink) Lloyd Georges’.|
|Breaking Out 196: You just suddenly collapse [...] and throw a pink fit.|
4. slightly indecent, violent or vulgar, mildly ‘blue’.
|‘’Arry on ’Igh Life’ in Punch 20 July 24: I don’t often turn on the pink.|
|‘’Arry on ’onesty’ in Punch 31 Jan. 60/1: The ’igh-flying crickits may splutter, the sleek soapboard crawlers may sniff / But gumptioners know that wot pays is the pink and the spicily spiff.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 12 Aug. 4/7: [This] recalls a pink yarn anent the visit of the sweet songstress to Kalgoorlie.|
|Bystander (London) 17 Dec. 3/1: ‘.|
|Cheapjack 81: With the pink clergyman, whom I should not have liked personally even had his publicity methods been less tasteless, were several earnest young men.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 21: Kiss me you luscious dolly pink and bouncy.|
|W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 2 June 1/1: Many goldfielders returned from the Melbourne shivoo are having a pink time in Perth.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 30/3: It was never my habit to splash / In pink dissipation my cash; / With my pence as a child / I was modest and mild – / As a youthlet I never was flash.|
6. homosexual [use predates Gay Liberation days].
|implied in pink finger|
|8 Mar. [synd. col.] Is he a sissy? Say, when he gets mad – he sees pink!|
|Thanatos 293: A nutt-nuzzling, pink-assed pervert.|
|Fixx 203: The small regiment of officers in the pink army.|
|Yes We have No 150: All those pink Polyannas get up my nose.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 120: Their failure to turn Britain into a Fundamentalist Homosexual Republic [...] World War 3 had put pay to that particular little pink pipe dream.|
|Gayle 88/1: pink ink n. something which is extremely camp (That outfit is camper than pink ink.) (cf. pink tents). Pink Rand n. South African version of the British Pink Pound and the American Pink Dollar – used to show the economic power of gay spending and how gay money contributes to the country’s economy. pink tents n. something which is extremely camp.|
|IOL News (S.Afr.) 14 Apr. [Internet] Farrell [...] said he planned to market Durban as a ‘pink paradise’.|
7. (US black) white.
|Banjo 16: ‘You pink sow!’ he cried.|
|Babe Gordon (1934) 161: Dis new pink gal o’ his ain’t gonna have Money long ef Big Ida gits a-hold o’ him.|
|Really the Blues 267: You know I ain’t pink, and I got two strikes against me now.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 120: A drop of Negro blood can make a black man out of a pink-asshole, blue-eyed white man.|
|Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 89: A massive big black hand got hold of me [...] ‘You heard me the first time, y’little pink gobshite.’.|
(Aus. gay) a fig. limit to promotional propects caused by a man’s homosexuality.
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 216: ‘It’s not only mothers, or older women [...] It’s gay guys, like me. We only get so far in these blokey environments before we hit the pink ceiling’.|
(US) an effeminate, poss. homosexual man.
|Go To It 34: Buttermilk [...] such a drink is only for mollycoddles and pink fingers.|
a socialist, a left-winger.
|AS I:3 138/2: They returned to their jobs with a new name, ‘pink-pretties,’ for gentle Socialists.‘Logger Talk’|
|Main Stem 54: Damn those S.P. pink-pretties. They’re nothing but liberal bourgeois.|
see separate entries.
(US) a derog. term for a white person.
|Prison Sl. 55: Pink Whoogie Term for a white person.|
(US) fashionably dressed.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 69: I decided to prance in here, all pinked up, and daze ’em [...] with my [...] creased wardrobe.|
SE in slang uses
see pink panatella
1. a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
|cited in New Partridge DSUE (2007).|
2. amphetamine sulphate [the colour of the powder].
|Grits 309: Ther’s arf a grammer Pink Champagne an nerly four pints uv scrumpy hertlin through me veins.|
see separate entry.
see purple hearts under purple adj.
(drugs) a barbiturate, usu. Seconal/Darvon.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Drug Crisis in Spears (1986).|
|Bk of Jargon 338: pink ladies, pinks: Seconal, a barbiturate.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pink ladies — Depressants.|
(US prison) secret notes of a romantic or sexual nature passed between inmates.
|Farm (1968) 45: We got hooked up. Every evening , she got a pink and I got one. [Ibid.] 68: I’ve seen a lot of pinkmail affairs. [Ibid.] 77: Guys get really serious sometimes about those God Damn Pink Kites.|
see separate entry.
|Narcotics and Hallucinogens.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pink panther [...] Pink robots — LSD.|
see separate entry.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 22: pink panatella euph. See whitehouse cigar.|
|I-94Bar 3:11 [Internet] When these guys duck out for a fag they don’t mean a smoke (well, they do mean a smoke – but in their case it’s a pink cigar).|
1. a notice of dismissal [the pink paper on which it is written/printed].
|Flash! (Wash., D.C.) 15 Feb. 25/1: That’s what we called it when we heard about the ‘pink slips’ party the lads threw up in Harlem who had received their (Form 403) pink slips, which meant the end of their project jobs.|
|On Broadway 4 Sept. [synd. col.] Nearly 100 staffers at Voice of America will get pink slips [...] in their next pay envelopes.|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 59: He’s surprised when the pink slip comes around at the end of the permissable number of excusable absences.|
|Rivethead (1992) 99: Having spent a year on the pinup job, I was never so grateful to be handed another pink slip.|
|Big Boat to Bye-Bye 53: ‘She’s being laid off’ [...] ‘That piece of white paper in her hand might have been the pink slip’.|
2. a brush-off, a rejection [fig. use of sense 1].
|Much Obliged, Jeeves 30: She handed Percy Gorringe the pink slip.|
|Life 90: That was my final attempt to join society on their terms. The second pink slip.|
3. in prison, the notice that permits one’s parole.
|Pimp 54: I had gone before the parole board and I was waiting for my pink slip.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 94: ‘[I]t’s a wonder he didn't go dippy, seein’ he was on the verge of the pink monkeys anyhow’.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 247: Delerium tremens, or [...] pink spiders.|
see starfish n.
see under steel n.
see separate entry.
(US) a derog. term for a black person.
|Lang. of Ethnic Conflict 46: Color Allusions, Other than ‘Black’ and ‘Negro’: pink-tongue [also white-palms, etc.].|
|Vatican Bloodbath 85–6: You choking on a swabby’s fucken pink torpedo whilst being simultaneously shafted fucken senseless by a fucken beaner.|
|Get Your Cock Out 83: There she was with this filthy drug monkey, hoovering his pink trumpet like a woman twice her age.|
see separate entry.
(US) to race cars with the winner gaining the loser’s vehicle.
|Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1966) 88: Or, if it was a real grudge match [...] he’d say, ‘You wanna go for pink slips?’ The registrations on the cars were pink; the winner got the other guy’s car.|
|40th Anniversary Corvette Registry Newsletter Apr. [Internet] If you come upon California plate ‘3EBH988,’ you may not want to go for pink slips. Unless ... You too have a blown California Ruby roadster with an attitude.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 3/3: A glass of beer is a ‘pot of wallop’, and the previous night he was ‘on his pink’, ‘juiced’, ‘wined’, or ‘shikkered.’.|
|W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 26 Jan. 1/1: One experienced ‘accoucheur’ having been caled last week at 4, arrived at midnight ‘on her pink’.|
to have hallucinations from alcoholism.
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 178: He is now confined in the Bastile until such time as he ceases to see herds of red, white, and blue elephants, pink mice, and other peculiar animals.‘The Phantom League’ in|
|Eve. Public Ledger 9 Jan. n.p.: Are you sure it was a face you saw? They generally see pink elephants.|
|Barbary Coast (2002) 116: They caught Happy Jack as he rebounded from the fearsome realms of the pink elephant and the purple crocodile.|
|On Broadway 17 Nov. [synd. col.] Sing near the bar in Tony’s on 52nd Street: ‘If our drinks make you see pink elephants, kindly pay cashier amusement tax.’.|
|Jill 77: Whiskey? Would it make him drunk, would he stagger about and see pink elephants?|
|Mad mag. June 49: I [...] started seeing elephants and snakes that crawled along the floor.|
|I, Fatty 115: I got DTs [...] trying to dodge the tiny red-eyed rhinos. I would have killed for a good old-fashioned pink elephant.|