Green’s Dictionary of Slang

son of a... n.

Euphs. for sonofabitch n.

In compounds

son of a biscuit eater (n.) (also sonofabiscuit)(US)
[US]Bossier Banner (Bellevue, LA) 7 May 2/3: ‘The tow-headed nincompoop of the people’s Defender calls us a “red-headed cuss” — Villain, horse thief [...] copperhead son of a biscuit’.
El Paso Times (TX) 24 Nov. 4/7: President Truman called Drew Pearson a ‘son-of-a-biscuit-eater’.
[US]WELS n.p.: (Humorous substitutes for stronger exclamations: ‘Why the son of a —’) [...] biscuit eater.
[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 124: You better tell that half white sonofabiscuit he better stop jumping up in my face. [Ibid.] 181: You thick-head sonofabiscuit eater.
[US]L. Hughes Five Plays 139: arcie: Then come on, you great big no-good old bull-necked son-of-a-biscuit eater!
Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) 8 Feb. 5/1: [He] would bang the long table and yell, ‘Son-of-a-biscuit, play the cards and stop gabbing!’.
M.E. Mebane Mary 117: He inquired as to the cause of the fight, and one told him that the other one had called him the son of a biscuit eater.
L. Underwood Bobwhite Quail Bk 307: So to avoid the danger and punishment and still get over the idea we had a way of saying, ‘son of a biscuit eater’.
D.J. Wilson Barking Goats and the Redneck Mafia 142: ‘What are you trying to do, you inconsiderate, son of a biscuit eater?’ Carrie Sue sputtered.
Smithville Times (TX) 24 Nov. PA3/1: ‘I was scared but i wasn’t going to turn that sonofabiscuit loose’.
sonofagun (n.)

see separate entry.

son of a sea-cook (n.) (also son of assafoetida, son of a cook, ...cow-boy, …custard-maker, …fresh-water gudgeon, ...glister-pipe, ...greengrocer, …hickory, …horse-marine, …hoss thief, ...mongrel, …sand turtle, …sawbuck, …sea-calf, ...sea-cook’s son, …sea-sarpint, …sheep-stealer, …shite-breeks, …shotten herring, …rip, …tinker, …toad, ...turd)
[UK]J. Tatham Rump I i: Our General, I mean Bertlam (not Woodfleet, that Son of a Custard-maker, always quaking), let us as bravely spend his this days benevolence as he nobly intended it.
[UK]D’Urfey Madam Fickle V i: Trade! Thou son of Assafoetida! call a Gentlemans divertive Custome a Trade.
[UK]Pagan Prince 73: What Son of a Mungrel’s that? quo the Palatine.
[UK]D’Urfey Comical Hist. of Don Quixote Pt II IV iii: Why, ye damn’d Son of a Glister-pipe, must not I drink neither?
[UK]N. Ward A Frolic to Horn-Fair 11: You Shitten Skull’d Son of a T—d [...] fit for nothing but to be cast into a Goldfinders Ditch.
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 356: Ahey! (cried he) are you there, you herring-fac’d son of a sea calf?
[UK]J. Davis Post Captain (1813) 23: A son of a sea cook! if he was to fall over board, I would not heave him a rope.
[UK]W. Scott St Ronan’s Well II 197: Why, you son of a fresh-water gudgeon, that never in your life sailed further than the Isle of Dogs.
[UK]Marryat Peter Simple (1911) 72: You d----d haymaking son of a sea-cook. Do it again, d--n your eyes, and I’ll cut your liver out.
[UK] ‘Who Milked My Cow?’ Bentley’s Misc. Jan. 66: You son of a shotten herring!
[US]W.E. Burton Waggeries and Vagaries 16: Make tracks out o’ my ship, you sammony-tailed son of a sea-cook.
[UK]Glasgow Herald 25 Dec. 4/7: You confounded long-shore picked-up son of a greengrocer, what are you after?
[UK]Huddersfield Chron. 29 May 3/1: ‘Ye parsnip-nosed, cabbage-faced son of a cow-boy’ [Ibid.] 3/1: ‘Ye red-livered son of a pagan!’.
[US]T. Haliburton Season Ticket 32: You scaly son of a sea-sarpint.
[UK]H. Kingsley Hillyars and Burtons (1870) 331: Any other carroty-haired, ’possum-headed, forty acre, post and rail son of a seacook.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 281: Sea-cook ‘son of a sea-cook,’ an opprobrious phrase used on board ship, differing from ‘son of a gun,’ which is generally used admiringly or approvingly.
[US]Cairo Bull. (IL) 24 Mar. 2/3: Can’t you see nothin’, you dash-dashed, aig-suckin’, sheep-stealin’, one-eyed son of a stuffed monkey!
Grange (MN) 6 July 3/2: A frog-eatin French son of a sea-cook.
[UK]W.C. Russell Jack’s Courtship I 179: He called me an ungrateful young son of a cook.
[US]G. Davis Recoll. Sea-Wanderer 38: [I'll] teach the son of a sea cook to stow himself away.
[UK]Manchester Courier 10 Nov. 9/2: You d—d lubberly son of a sea calf!
[UK]Manchester Courier 10 Nov. 9/2: You d—d herring-faced son of a sea calf, jump in .
[UK]Punch 24 Jan. 37: How about ‘avast heaving’ and ‘shiver my timbers,’ and ‘son of a sea-cook,’ and all that?
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 18 Mar. 2/6: Ef I knew th’ (most unmentionable) son of a (something) sea-cook who trew that sanguinary ‘slop’ I’d split his ruby snout.
[UK]Sporting Times 10 Feb. 2/5: Sea cook’s son, son of a gun, son of a horse-marine, / Type of a carping renegade, with nothing good to say.
[UK]J. Conrad Typhoon 170: Somebody told him to go and put his head in a bag. He regretted he could not recognize the voice, and that it was too dark to see, otherwise, as he said, he would have put a head on that son of a sea-cook, anyway, sink or swim.
[US]J. London Road 199: Hit the grit, you son of a toad!
[US]R.W. Brown ‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in DN III:viii 590: son of a hickory, n. [...] son of a tinker, n. A euphemism for son of a bitch. [...] son of a sawbuck, n. A very dull, wooden man. ‘Pick that up that rope, you son of a sawbuck.’.
[US]P. Kyne Cappy Ricks 187: I’ll bet a hat you telephoned that son of a sea cook.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 594: Anyhow in he rolled after his successful libation – cum – potation, introducing an atmosphere of drink into the soirée, boisterously trolling, like the veritable son of a seacook.
[US]G.H. Mullin Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 48: G’wan, you son of a sheep-stealer.
[UK]L. Thomas Woodfill of the Regulars 292: That yellow-bellied son of a sea cook.
[US]M. Sandoz ‘Sandhill Sundays’ in Botkin Folk-Say 300: Well you son of a sand turtle!
[US]G. Milburn No More Trumpets 38: Harry, you mangy old son of a hoss thief, you.
[US]M. Levin Old Bunch (1946) 101: I’m a son of a sea cook, there’s that lousy Dutchman.
[UK](con. 1912) B. Marshall George Brown’s Schooldays 86: Of course, you stinking son of a sea cook’s bathing pants.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 145: Son of a sea cook [....] All my life I wanted a good heavyweight, and what do they send me?
[Aus]I.L. Idriess One Wet Season 81: ‘So!’ roared Bullocky with pointed finger. ‘See what you’ve done, you son of a toad!’.
[US](con. 1945) G. Forbes Goodbye to Some (1963) 119: ‘If I catch the son of a rip . . .’ He gives me a menacing smirk.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 24: You upjumped, downtrodden, uncivilized son of a seacook.
[UK]I. Rankin Black Book (2000) 14: John bloody Rebus, you son of a shite-breeks!
son of a sheep (n.) (also son of an ape, son of a double-crossed cow, …fox, …mule, …she-dawg, …skunk, …slug, son-of-a-woodlouse)
[US]W.G. Simms Sword and the Distaff 507: A little mean copper-headed son of a skunk.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Innocents at Home (1906) 23: Pass the bread, you son of a skunk!
[UK]H.G. Wells Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 213: Come out and look me in the face, you squinting son of a Skunk!
[US]Z.N. Hurston Spunk (1995) 954: Ah’ll git the son-of-a-wood louse soon’s Ah get there an’ make hell too hot for him.
[US](con. 1917) J. Stevens Mattock 2: Haul feet, you blue-cord son of an ape.
[US]O. Strange Law O’ The Lariat 123: March, you mealy-mouthed son of a she-dawg.
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 194: Thousand holy sons of skunks. Damn the whole—.
[US]Plainsman [film script] Bill Hickok, you ornery son of a mule [R].
[UK]J. Worby Other Half 61: You son of a double-crossed cow!
[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 25: Put a sock in it, you son of a sheep. [Ibid.] 62: I paid, thanks to that thieving son of a fox.
[SA]P. Hotz Muzukuru 279: That Koshkosh – why’s the son of a slug taking so long?
son of a sow (gelder) (n.) (also son of a horned cow, …corby-crow)
[UK]Chapman May-Day II i: The son of a sow-gelder, that came to town [...] in a tattered russet coat, high shoes, and yet his hose torn above ’em; a long pike-staff in his neck (and a turd in his teeth).
[US]‘Hector Bull-us’ Diverting Hist. of John Bull and Brother Jonathan 70: S’blood, what d’ye mean, you bacon faced son of a horned cow.
[UK] ‘The New Policeman’ James Catnach in C. Hindley (1878) 211: The great big son of a sow, / Would send me to quod for one week.
[UK]C. Kingsley Westward Ho III 296: You scurvy, hang-in-the-wind, croaking, white-livered son of a corby-crow.
[UK]P.C. Wren Odd – But Even So 22: You blithering son of a sow.
son of your mother (n.) (also mother’s son, son-of-one’s-mother’s-misbehaviour, sonova granny’s)(US)
[US]C. McKay Gingertown 53: Whar’s dat fruit-eating sonova granny’s?
[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die 210: Shut up, you damned black son of your mother!
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 76: Can’t you see their faces when they come in here to count and there isn’t a mother’s son left in here?
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 46: Cut out the B.S., Corporal Solly, and tell this little jughead son-of-his-mother’s-misbehaviour something for his own good.