1. (Aus./UK Und.) melted plate metal; usu. as white soup under white adj.; thus soup shop n., a place where silver plate is melted down and disposed of.
|Fred Vernon 246/1: By the term soup-shops, the speaker meant those convenient houses where burglars and thieves dispose of any silver or gold plate which may fall into their hands. In such establishments the melting-pots are always kept ready .|
2. (orig. US Und.) gelignite, nitroglycerine, as used in the blowing open of a safe; also as v., to use the above.
|S.F. Chronicle 6 Mar. 3: William Rudolph [...] was known as the man who boiled and carried ‘soup.’ In other words, he would procure half a dozen sticks of dynamite [...] and boil them in water. After much stirring and apparently reckless crushing a thin oil would exude and float to the top.|
|Winnipeg Trib. (Manitoba) 9 Dec. 19/1: ‘Soup’ — [...] used in connection safe-blowing and the liquid form, nitro-glycerine and gun cotton.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I viii: This is nitro-glycerin’, an’ we opens it fer you with this [...] We ties you up and sets you against the door of the safe before we touches off the ‘soup,’ an’ mabbe if yer a good guesser you can guess the rest.|
|Bulldog Drummond 218: ‘I’ve got the soup here — gelignite,’ he explained.|
|On Broadway 23 May [synd. col.] I was loaded with nose-paint caressing a box dat had more locks on it den Hoodeenee! But I gave it too much soup — and blew 200 Gs into a lotta confetti.|
|Persons in Hiding 173: At first he worked [...] with old-timers, learning all his comrades knew about the ‘souping’ or dynamiting of safes.|
|Phenomena in Crime 146: ‘Soup’ [...] has to be carried in a rubber water-bottle — but it will explode if dropped.|
|DAUL 202/1: Soup. 1. Crude nitroglycerine.et al.|
|Mad mag. May–June 10: First we drill a few holes... like so...Then we pack in the ‘soup’, like so...|
|He who Shoots Last 77: Da best way ta git ’em ’d be fer me ta throw a few sticks of soup inta da dam.|
|in Gonif 7: I decided to use every trick in the drilling business I had ever heard of to sieve it for the soup.|
3. (US) insecticide.
|Moth (1950) 208: Dope. Soup. To kill the bugs [...] we put it in the tank and squirt it on the trees.|
4. (US) gasoline, petrol, esp. high-performance fuel used in customized cars.
|Go, Man, Go! 25: Tell nobody about our soup.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
5. (US gay) bodily excretions, such as sweat or anal juices.
|Queens’ Vernacular 187: soup 1. sweat 2. anal oil 3. broadly, fecal matter.|
6. (Aus.) electricity.
|Chopper From The Inside 13: With the shock treatment they put a big bit in your mouth and hold you down and give you a big charge of the soup.|
7. see super n.1 (5) .
8. see super n.2
(US Und.) a safe breaker.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(US Und.) safe breaking with nitroglycerine.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
1. a professional villain who specializes in handling nitroglycerine to blow open safes.
|Wash. Post 11 Nov. Misc. 3/5: The boxman has a string of monachers such as ‘peterman,’ ‘yeggman,’ ‘blaster,’ ‘heavyman’ and ‘soup man.’.|
|Parole Chief 78: In New York [...] there was a great safe blower. He was one of the last of the ‘soup men,’ who crack safes by blowing them open.|
2. a person who mixes their own high-performance petrol for customized cars.
|Go, Man, Go! 24: ‘I’m a soup-man.’ ‘Huh?’ ‘Fuel mixture. Ya know Ethyl ain’t enough.’.|
to dissolve a stick of dynamite in hot water to extract crude nitroglycerine.
|DAUL 49/1: Cook soup. To dissolve a stick of dynamite in hot water to extract crude nitroglycerine, or picric, for safe-blowing.et al.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 235: They was cooking soup—I mean, home-made, and that’s tricky stuff.|
|Bug (Aus.) 24 Feb. [Internet] [A] drinking problem [...] Too pissed to put the glass to your mouth. Too broke to afford another drink after six hours on the soup.|
to extract nitro-glycerine from sticks of dynamite.
|You Can’t Win (2000) 96: From black powder he turned to dynamite and afterward was one of the first to ‘thrash out the soup’ — a process used by the bums and yeggs for extracting the explosive oil, nitro glycerine, from sticks of ‘dan’ or dynamite. [Ibid.] 111: The yeggs threshed out their ‘soup’ and prepared for the road.|
SE in slang uses
1. a dinner jacket.
|Enemy to Society 232: Ain’t you dining out? What’ll I git you — the ‘soup-and-fish’ or the ‘thirteen-and-the-odd?’ Stephen disclaimed any desire for the dinner coat first mentioned, declaring his preference for the more formal tailed garment.|
|Argosy All-Story 30 Dec. [Internet] He’s wearing one of them soup-and-fish outfits.‘Art for Artie’ in|
|Babbitt (1974) 15: He doesn’t want to go and hustle his head off getting into the soup-and-fish.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 15: He’d get a soup-and-fish outfit, and go to the dinners all rigged out.Young Lonigan in|
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 31: I put on a very swell ‘soup-an’-fish’ that I have got, dinner pants an’ a white serge tuxedo that makes me look like the King of Japan.|
|Popular Detective Oct. [Internet] Look, Fancy Pants. Why don’t you do something around here to earn that soup and fish I bought for you, huh?‘Dog Collared’ in|
|Shroud for Jesso (2008) 259: Not a hair out of place, soup and fish as if they had been invented for him.|
|Flesh Peddlers (1964) 57: Get your soup-and-fish clothes, Garry.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 205: Al, also in soup and fish, appeared from behind the door.|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sun (NY) 6 Jan. 55/6: Why’re you all dresssed up like a sore finger? [...] You’re not figuring on crashing the gate at the movies in that soup and fish scenery, are you?|
3. in fig. use of sense 1, upper-class; smartly, in an upper-class manner.
|Two & Three 3 Jan. [synd. col.] The soup-and-fish hotels turned out their champagne-drenched crowds.|
|Doctor Is Sick (1972) 197: Doesn’t he speak posh? Ever so soup-and-fish.|
(Aus.) a narrow beard running just below the jawline.
|Truth (Brisbane) 1 Aug. 20/4: The William Goat— this natty whisker goes around under the chin, and Iooks as though it were tied on with a string. Slang names for these beautiful hair trims are donegals, soup catchers, and whisk brooms.|
(US tramp) a cheap restaurant.
|[||‘English Sl.’ in Eve. Telegram (N.Y.) 9 Dec. 1/5: Let us present a few specimens:– [...] ‘When the soup house moves away.’].|
|AS IV:5 345: Soup house—A third class restaurant.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 177: Soup House.–A cheap restaurant, one in which the only article of food at all palatable is soup.|
(US) a waiter or waitress.
|Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 25 Aug. sect. 2 1/4: Head waiters should never employ the old-fashioned trick of speeding up service by shouting: ‘Get a move on, you soup jockeys.’.|
1. (also soup-plate track) a small racecourse.
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 147: SOUP-PLATE racing applied to racecourses of small circumferences: soup-plate tracks.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 36: Horse racing is their favourite sporting activity. Every township has a track, all the way from a little soup-plate on up.|
2. a soldier’s round hat.
|Rising Sun 4 Jan. 1/1: A regulation ‘soup plate’ at the ‘erase’ angle partially concealed a mop of hair.|
a large moustache.
|Ticket-of-Leave Man 9: Hullo! the devil, ‘Tiger!’ How your ‘soup-strainer’ being off has altered you!|
|Indoor Sports 23 June [synd. cartoon] Hy-hy there. Say Schroeder. You don’t call that thing a soup strainer do you? [...] Why don’t you trim it, stupid.|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 62: He also wears a bunch of brush on his upper lip that would make a good soup strainer.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/1: The carpet-bag, flowing soup strainers, and ’lastic-side boots which were once the hall-marks, of rural respectability.|
|Western Times (Devon) 13 Dec. 3/3: Moustache: A soup strainer.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Angus, Scot.) 22 Feb. 3/7: When a heavy moustache is an added adornment it has been called a soup strainer.|
|Really the Blues 181: With that waxed soup-strainer of his and that slick hair, Johnny took on some grotesque features in my hot mind.|
|Western Times (Devon) 13 Jan. 3/6: Moustache: A soup strainer.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 31: I wouldn’t say the moustache softened his face, but being of the walrus or soup-strainer type it hid some of it.|
|Dict. Popular Sl.|
|Good Words 267: Soup strainer. A moustache, especially a bushy one.|
|Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery 129: If you like having a soup-strainer hanging from your moosh.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] ‘Did that cocksucker with the flames tattoos rat me out?’ ‘No, that cocksucker with the thirty-pound mustache did.’ [...] then it hit me. That prick with the king-sized soup strainer.|
(W.I.) to be taller than someone.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage 203/2: drink soup/water off/over (sb’s head) [...] To be much taller than (sb).|
|Reporter 123: Sticking up somebody’s uncle just to scare the soup out of him.|
to convert from Catholicism to Protestantism.