Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Johnny Horner n.

also Charley Horner, Jack Horner, Johnnie Horner
[rhy. sl.]

1. the corner, esp. a public house on a corner.

[UK]Sporting Times 28 Mar. 1/3: Well known figures from the corner / [...] / Vanished round the Johnny Horner.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Meg’s Diversion’ in Sporting Times 4 Sept. n.p.: Round the Johnny Horner, to where she’d been / Just a birdlime or two before.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 14 Feb. 9/5: Waitin’ roind the Johnny horner, / Drivin’ just a little way.
[UK]Murray & Leigh [perf. Frank Seeley] ‘The Amateur Whitewasher’ 🎵 In and out the corners / Round the Johnny Horners.
[Aus]W. Gippslang Gaz. (Vic.) 10 Aug. 3/6: A corner is a Jack Horner.
[Aus] in Seal (1999) 59: The Yank: ‘Say Guy, how far to battle?’ Aussie: ‘Well sonny, I guess it’s about five kilos. Just “pencil and chalk” straight along this “frog and toad” till you come to the “romp and ramp” on the “johnny horner”.’.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 20/1: Charley Horner, a street corner.
[UK]L. Ortzen Down Donkey Row 24: There’s me quietly takin’ me bills on the corner [...] everythin’s going smooth: then round the Johnny Horner dashes these two dicks.
[US]Maurer & Baker ‘“Aus.” Rhyming Argot’ in AS XIX:3 191/2: Charley Horner. The corner.
[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 21: I piped what looks like two johns coming round the johnny horner.
[Aus]S.J. Baker in Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/5: Detective Doyle has about a dozen rhyming slang words in his list. For example: [...] ‘Johnny Horner,’ corner .
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 268: On the Johnny Horner I must stand / In this land of the yet-to-be, / ’Olding out my Martin’s-le-Grand / For the price of a Rosie Lee.
[UK]S.T. Kendall Up the Frog 13: Bung it in the Johnnie ’Orner alongside the dickory dock.
[UK]J. Jones Rhy. Cockney Sl.
[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 7: The paper doll on the Johnny Horner knew that the bulge in his sky rocket was not an aristotle.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 625/2: C.20.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 94/2: Jack Horner n. corner.
[UK]M. Coles More Bible in Cockney 83: The sheet was being held by its four Jack Horners.

2. a situation, usu. stressful.

[Aus]W. Gippslang Gaz. (Vic.) 10 Aug. 3/7: We was in a pretty tight Johnny Horner.