1. [17C; mid-19C+] a situation.
2. as personifications.
(a) [mid-19C] (US) a doomed person.
(b) [mid-19C+] a ne’er-do-well, a dubious character.
(c) [mid-19C+] a person, irrespective of status, morals, etc, although the usage, usu. denoted by an adj., tends be dismissive.
(d) [mid-19C+] (orig. US) an eccentric or otherwise exceptional person.
(e) [1980s] (Aus.) a nymphomaniac.
3. [mid-19C+] an infatuation, a love affair; thus an adulterous affair.
4. [late 19C+] in comb. with a n., implying an example of a given state; usu. as case of the...; see also phrs. below.
5. [20C+] (US Und.) the charge or crime for which one is tried and poss. convicted.
6. [1990s+] (US prison/Und.) punishment for breaking prison rules; arrest and charges.
1. [1930s+] a state of fear, esp. of being raped.
2. [1980s+] (temporary) impotence.
see touch of the... under touch n.1
[1920s] a state of being penniless.
see under red n.
[1950s+] (orig. US black) to stop harassing, to stop annoying; esp. as imper.
[1950s+] (orig. US black) to pester, to harass.
[1970s+] to get down to work, to occupy oneself with what needs to be done.
[mid–19C] (US) to disparage, to harass.
1. harassing verbally, persecuting.
2. pursuing, following; sexually attracted towards.
[1950s+] (orig. US) whether in one’s personal or professional life, working or acting efficiently, controlling a situation, ‘taking care of business’.