Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pipe n.1

1. with ref. to the reproduction of sound [abbr. SE windpipe + image of the throat as a ‘pipe’].

(a) [late 16C–mid-19C] a voice.

(b) [17C] a song.

(c) [1900s] (Aus./US) a (dubious) story.

(d) [1910s; 1960s] (also pipes) a telephone.

(e) [1930s+] (US) a saxophone.

(f) the throat.

2. with ref. to the pipe’s tubular shape [the double entendres cover tobacco pipes, bag-pipes and water pipes].

(a) [17C+] (also piper, standpipe) the penis.

(b) [mid 17C] the anus.

(c) [late 18C–early 19C] (also quill-pipes) in pl., top boots [? the tubular shape, or cleaning with pipe-clay].

(d) [mid-19C+] the vagina.

(e) the anus.

3. in drug uses.

(a) [mid-19C] a cigar.

(b) [late 19C+] an opium pipe and the measure of opium it contains; thus pipe, the pipe, the smoking of opium.

(c) [1930s–50s] (also pipey, pipie) an opium addict.

(d) [1950s+] a marijuana or hashish pipe.

(e) [1950s+] a vein into which a drug can be injected.

(f) [1970s+] a marijuana smoker.

(g) [1980s+] (also rock pipe) a pipe for smoking base cocaine, crack cocaine, or methamphetamine; thus, by metonymy, the drug itself.

4. [late 19C+] (US, anything that is easily accomplished; a certainty; thus US campus) pipe course, an easy academic course [abbr. lead-pipe cinch under lead n.].

5. [1950s–70s] constr. with the, a euph. for hell [? H.E. Bates nonce use].

6. [1950s+] any form of clubbing weapon [SE lead pipe].

7. [2000s] constr. with the, the River Thames.

8. [2010s] (US black gang) a gun.

9. see pipes n.1 (3)

In terms pertaining to drugs

In derivatives

pipey (adj.)

[1930s–50s] (US drugs) under the influence of opium.

In compounds

pipe fiend (n.) [fiend n.]

[1910s–30s] (US) a regular opium user.

pipe head (n.) [-head sfx (4)]

1. [1980s+] (drugs) a regular user of crack cocaine.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

pipe man (n.)

[1980s+] a seller of crack cocaine.

pipe smoker (n.)

[1900s–30s] (drugs) an opium user.

In phrases

pipe story (n.)

[late 19C] (US) a fantasy.

pipe talk (n.)

[late 19C–1900s] (US) fantasizing; nonsense.

hit the pipe (v.) (also hit the stem)(US drugs)

1. [late 19C+] to smoke opium; thus pipe-hitter n., an opium smoker [note Burnett, Little Caesar (1929): ‘Hit the pipe, drinking’; presumably an authorial error].

2. [1950s] to smoke cannabis.

3. [1980s+] (also crack the pipe) to smoke crack cocaine.

on the pipe (drugs)

1. [1920s–50s] using opium on a regular basis.

2. [1980s+] using crack cocaine on a regular basis.

ride the pipe (v.)

[1950s] to smoke opium.

In terms relating to the penis

In compounds

pipe job (n.) [job n.2 (2)]

[1970s–80s] (US) an act of sexual intercourse or fellatio.

pipe smoker (n.) [smoke v.3 ]

[1990s+] a gay man .

In phrases

blow someone’s pipe (v.) (also blow the pipe) [blow v.2 (1c)]

[1910s] (US) to fellate; thus pipe-blower n., a homosexual.

clamp the pipe (v.)

[1990s+] to masturbate.

clean one’s pipes (v.)

[2000s] (US) to release sexual tension, spec. to masturbate.

clean someone’s pipe (v.) (also clean somone’s pipes, clean the pipe)

[20C+] (US) to perform oral sex on a man.

get one’s pipes cleaned (v.)

[2000s] to gain sexual release.

lay (some) pipe (v.)

[1930s+] (US) to have sexual intercourse, whether vaginal or anal.

on pipe

[2000s] (US prison) living as a jail homosexual.

stretch one‘s pipe (v.)

(UK Und.) to masturbate.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pipe-layer (n.)

see separate entry.

pipestem (n.)

[1910s] (US) an arm.

In phrases

get up someone’s pipe (v.) [brown pipe under brown adj.2 or the idea of fig. close pursuit in a car, i.e. up someone’s exhaust pipe]

[1990s+] to annoy, to infuriate, to provoke.

on the pipe

[1990s+] (US prison) using the waterpipes to communicate between cells.

put someone’s pipe out (v.) [mid-19C]

1. to ruin someone’s plans.

2. to shock, to disgust.

run some water through one’s pipe (v.)

[1970s] (US) of a man, to urinate.

take the pipe (v.) [ety. unknown]

1. [1960s+] (US) to fail to act or achieve under pressure, esp. in sports; thus to be punished.

2. see take the gas pipe under gas n.1

In exclamations

put that in your pipe (and smoke it)! (also )

[early 19C+] an excl. meaning deal with that, whether you like it or not; ad hoc vars. exist.