brown stuff n.
1. as the colour of drink or drugs.
(a) (Aus./US) whisky.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Dec. 36/1: And the welcome of the others, shall it ever be forgot? / ‘Is it beer, old chap, or brown-stuff, or a spiced ale steaming hot?’ / But the pilgrim, home returning, does the needful for the lot / Down in old Bohemia.|
(b) (US drugs) opium.
|Broken Journey 20: His left hand was molding a ball of brown stuff in the hot bowl as he inhaled the fumes with a taut anxiety.|
|Junkie (1966) 155: Brown Stuff, or Mud . . . Opium.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Quintessence Int’l 6 4-6 69: Raw opium (‘brown stuff’). Raw opium contains protein, resin and about 20% alkaloid, the opiate.|
(c) (US drugs) Mexican heroin.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Another Day in Paradise 148: Now we got a connection for this brown stuff.|
2. (also brown baby) excrement, also used fig., i.e. ‘the shit’.
|letter 8 Jan. in Leader (2000) 253: I’ll never be Joyce or Warwick Deeping, so where do I stand? In the brown stuff, it seems.|
|In the Life 1: Crap! You know, the brown stuff. Shit, man.|
|Central Sl. 12: brown baby A bowel movement.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 171: I think the boys from the brown stuff just arrived!|
|Guardian Rev. 25 June 5: Her useless chump of a husband lands them both in the brown stuff.|
|Layer Cake 139: You know I’d never print anything that would drop you in the proverbial brown stuff.|
|Gutted 121: I was seriously up to my neck in the brown stuff.|