1. [mid-18C] the female body.
2. [mid-18C–19C] the vagina.
3. [19C] (US Und.) a safe.
4. [late 19C–1910s] (US) a portion of opium.
5. [late 19C–1910s] (Aus.) a coffin.
6. [1900s] (Aus./US) a corpse.
7. (Aus.) an ear.
8. [1910s–20s] a hearse.
SE in slang uses
1. [late 19C+] orig. of sailors, a veteran; thence an ultra-conservative, slow-witted person.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
1. (also nutshell racket) a swindling game in which a small object is concealed under a walnut shell or the like; the manipulator then moves the shells round at speed; bets are made on the shell under which the object is found.
2. a generic for any form of confidence trick.
[1900s–30s] (US) to throw a person, often a woman who refuses to have sex, out of a vehicle and thus force them to walk home an inconvenient and poss. embarrassing distance.
[late 19C–1940s] (US Und.) one who operates a shell game
[1920s] (Aus. Und.) one who operates a shell game