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) [late 18C–early 19C] (also quill-pipes) in pl., top boots [? the tubular shape, or cleaning with pipe-clay].
(c) [mid-19C+] the vagina.
(d) the anus.
3. in drug uses.
(a) [mid-19C] a cigar.
(b) [late 19C+] an opium pipe; 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
[1930s–50s] (US drugs) under the influence of opium.
[1910s–30s] (US) a regular opium user.
1. [1980s+] (drugs) a regular user of crack cocaine.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
see joint n. (3a)
[1980s+] a seller of crack cocaine.
[1900s–30s] (drugs) an opium user.
[late 19C] (US) a fantasy.
[late 19C–1900s] (US) fantasizing; nonsense.
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.
1. [1920s–50s] using opium on a regular basis.
2. [1980s+] using crack cocaine on a regular basis.
[1950s] to smoke opium.
In terms relating to the penis
[1970s–80s] (US) an act of sexual intercourse or fellatio.
[1990s+] a gay man .
[1910s] (US) to fellate; thus pipe-blower n., a homosexual.
[1990s+] to masturbate.
[2000s] (US) to release sexual tension, spec. to masturbate.
[20C+] (US) to perform oral sex on a man.
[2000s] to gain sexual release.
[1930s+] (US) to have sexual intercourse, whether vaginal or anal.
[2000s] (US prison) living as a jail homosexual.
(UK Und.) to masturbate.
SE in slang uses
see lead-pipe cinch under lead n.
see separate entry.
[1910s] (US) an arm.
[1990s+] to annoy, to infuriate, to provoke.
[1990s+] (US prison) using the waterpipes to communicate between cells.
1. to ruin someone’s plans.
2. to shock, to disgust.
[1970s] (US) of a man, to urinate.
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
[early 19C+] an excl. meaning deal with that, whether you like it or not; ad hoc vars. exist.
see under strike me...! excl.
[1930s+] a euph. synon. of up your arse! excl.