1. [mid-19C+] a prison sentence; thus do time, to serve a sentence, below.
2. [late 19C; 1970s] (US, also times) a good time, a drinking spree [backform. f. SE phr. a good time was had by all].
3. [20C+] (Irish/US) credit.
[1960s] (US prison/Und.) to serve a jail sentence.
[1940s+] (US Und.) time off for good behaviour in prison.
see under dance v.
see under dead adj.
[20C+] (US prison/Und.) to serve a prison sentence without becoming involved in any of the prison gangs, illicit business etc.
1. [19C+] to serve a prison sentence.
2. [20C+] in ext. use, irrespective of the institution.
[1940s] (US Black) the human heart.
[20C+] (US Und.) an uneventful time in prison.
[1940s] (US Und./prison) a life sentence.
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
[1930s+] to enjoy onself, to go out on a spree.
[1960s+] (orig. US Und.) don’t take an action if you cannot deal with the concomitant responsibilities.
[1940s–50s] (US Und.) a short prison sentence.
1. [late 19C–1900s] (US) to make a fuss [? SE difficult/hard time].
2. [1910s] to enjoy oneself, to celebrate.
1. [1930s+] to make advances, to court, to flirt.
2. [1950s] to associate with.
1. [1940s+] (US prison) to be sentenced to or to serve a term of imprisonment.
2. [1980s] (US) to spend time in a place.
[1920s–60s] (US Und.) a short prison sentence.
[1970s] (US prison/Und.) intellectually depleted after a long jail sentence.
[1940s+] (US Und.) a short sentence.
[1970s] imper., mind your own business!
SE in slang uses
[1990s+] a thief who specializes in snatching expensive watches.
[1910s+] very quickly.
[1950s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[mid-19C+] to make someone unhappy, to punish, to reprimand; to cause problems for.
[1910s+] a joc. phr. delivered to one who asks ‘Have you got the time?’.
[early 19C+] to be well aware of what is going on.
[early 19C+] to be aware, to know what is going on; often in neg.
[1950s+] (W.I. Rasta) see you later.
1. [1940s+] (US black) at the emotionally or psychologically apposite moment (rather than the chronologically prompt one); of good quality; thus get on time, to have fun.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[late 19C+] to spend time, to occupy one’s time.
[1980s+] (orig. US black) to explain, to ‘put someone in the picture’, to ‘teach someone a lesson’.
1. [late 17C; early 19C+] the current situation, what is going on; thus put one up to the time of day, to explain the situation to one.
2. [19C] a trick, a ruse, the practice of theft.
3. [mid-19C] the correct or pertinent thing or situation.
[mid-19C–1920s] (US) a question, often deriving from one’s incomprehension or surprise, ‘what on earth’, ‘what in the world’ etc.