Green’s Dictionary of Slang

belch n.

[SE belch, an eructation]

1. second-rate beer.

[UK]N. Ward London Spy XI 265: A parcel of Rural Sots, who, with the gross Spirits of Common-Belch, were Elevated to such a pitch of Merriment.
[UK]T. Brown A Comical View of London and Westminster in Works (1760) I 152: Knights of the post to be had in the Temple-walks from morning till night, for two pots of belch and a six-penny slice of boil’d beef.
[UK]N. Ward Vulgus Britannicus IX 100: Then when they’re Crazy, stiff an Crippl’d, / Quite surfeited with Belch they’ve tippl’d.
[UK]W. King York Spy 46: By that time we had guzzled a Pint of Porters Belch.
[UK]Defoe Roxana (1982) 24: Men [...] drink Belch with Porters, and keep company below themselves.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Dyche & Pardon A New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn) n.p.: Belch, (s.) common beer or ale sold in publicke houses is so called.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Belch, all sorts of beer; that liquor being apt to cause eructation.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 200: Belch — malt liquor, beer, ale.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 265: Whilst my mates are drinking the ‘belch,’ I want to talk business with you.
[UK]C. Hindley Vocab. and Gloss. in True Hist. of Tom and Jerry.

2. malt liquor.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
see sense 1.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.

3. (US) a noisy complaint.

[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 332: I’ll take care of the cockney, if he makes any belch.
[US]N.Y. Eve. Journal 21 Aug. in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 178: After the game Ganzel acknowledged the decision was right, but he made an awful belch at the time.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Cast-Off’ in Big League (2004) 53: You remember what an awful belch there was [...] when they said the Pinks laid down to let the Grays win?
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 16: belch, [...] In general usage with all grafters. A protest; a complaint. Example: ‘When he blowed his dough he put up an awful belch.’.
T.A. Dorgan Judge Rummy’s Court 3 May. [synd. strip cartoon] Me lawyer made such a belch fer his jack that I hadda try to get it.
[US] in E. Wilson Twenties (1975) 314: Mizner summoned the manager and said, ‘I’ve got a hell of a big belch, Frank.’.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 25: Belch.—A protest or complaint, usually from an individual aggrieved by some one of his associates.
[US]J. Evans Halo in Blood (1988) 19: What’s the belch, friend? Am I supposed to have bent a law?
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 790: belch –A protest or complaint.

4. (US) a drunken vagrant.

[US]E. Anderson Hungry Men 62: Those old smoke belches from the Bowery are gumming it up.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 44: Unlatch that pump, you nosy old belch.