1. of a man, to have sexual intercourse [SE spit, to pierce].
|‘Female Tobacconist’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 43: One was an old parson, three score and ten, / Who enjoyed his pipe a bit now and then; / For her spitting box, he’d eagerly call, / But he’d smoke the whole night without spitting at all.|
|‘Affairs in Greece’ in Boudoir II 54: To the pantry every day 'tis clear, / Voluptuous cookey used to repair, / Tho' a novel place for such a treat, / Twas there James used to spit cook's meat.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. to ejaculate.
|[||Maronides (1678) VI 111: St George he takes a furious course, / The Dragon spits, away flies horse, / Leaving St George upon the grass, / The sport of many a pretty Lass].|
|Sixfold Sensuality 23: When the dolly had spit in her bum [...] that spit began to run out of her brown sugar basim.|
3. (US black) to write and perform hip-hop or rap lyrics; unlike these, however, there is no necessity to produce rhyming lines; thus spitter, a rapper, spitting n.
|‘“I Don’t Stop Rappin’ [lyrics] Spit that rap.|
|‘Cusswords’ [lyrics] Here’s another rap that Im ready to spit.|
|Source Nov. 76: What we’re doin’ ain’t really rappin, it’s game spittin’.|
|untitled track on College Dropout [album] [lyrics] Jay came in and he spit all these songs in one day.|
|Killer Tune (2008) 41: The underground rap crowd doing the usual who could spit the words on the mic the fastest.|
|IOL News Western Cape) 4 Mar. [Internet] The Western Cape style of rapping was founded in 1995 by Dat (alias Archie Sopazo) who started spitting in tsotsi-taal.|
|‘Ghetto Symphony’ [lyrics] Spittin it like a Beretta, nobody do it better, nigga.|
|‘Lyrics’ [lyrics] ? Oh blud, what a chief / Sidewinder, you got air on the roads / Eskimo Dance, you was spitting off-beat.|
|‘I Got the Bag’ [lyrics] We need more spittas, less funny looking niggas.|
|What They Was 20: They spit rap and grime bars about bussin guns and murking man .|
(UK black) a rap artist.
|‘On a Level’ [lyrics] Got the sick spitters in training / Just like they're my army or navy.|
on the verge of ejaculation.
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 196: When the red hot poker is foaming at the mouth and ready to spit, the gasp and grunt (rhyming slang) should be ready to let down its spendings.|
SE in slang uses
see under bit n.1
(US) to spit while chewing tobacco.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
a fight, usu. between women.
|Arthur’s 219: As for the spit-an’-scratch game – why, that’s outside ’er radius altogether. Never punched another woman in her life, I’ll lay.|
to leave visiting cards on one’s social round.
|Diary and Letters (1904) II 155: As I had the coach, I then spit cards at Mrs. Chapone’s, who has sent me an invitation.|
1. to feel extreme thirst.
|Bulletin Reciter 1880–1901 108: While you’re spitting chips like thunder [...] / And the streams of sweat near blind you.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 30 July 1s/2: The lack of which makes Jaunty drear / As well inquire when chips you spit / But where are the beers of yesteryear?|
|Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 142: I was spitting chips. God, I was dry!|
2. to manifest acute anger or vexation.
|Argus (Melbourne) 13 Mar. 7/5: I could spit chips [...] They wouldn’t let me say a word.|
|Holy Smoke 14: But when he comes rushing up – spittin’ chips, he’s so mad – young Dave only lets fly with one shot outa his ging, and the big bloke’s stonkered.|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 48: For other foody epithets with bite, note: [...] spit chips (become angry).|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 48: Spit chips: To be so annoyed that one is capable of chewing up logs of wood and spitting chips.|
|How to Shoot Friends 127: He coughed the slug up and spat it out as he ran away. Talk about spitting chips.|
|Spooling Through 45: Both Alistair Edison and Doug Blain must have been spitting chips about my stroke of luck.|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘He was in a fucking flap, I tell you, him and his mates, but especially him. Spitting chips. Funniest thing you ever saw’ .|
1. (US) to be very thirsty, to have a dry mouth.
|Biglow Papers 2nd ser. (1871) 241/2: To spit cotton is, I think, American.|
|in Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 17 June 437: I suffered much from thirst [...] I could spit cotton without any exaggeration.|
|Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon 114: The boy gave me a pull at his canteen, for I was near famished for water. I was ‘spittin’ cotton’.|
|Taking the Count 331: Look at him! [...] Scared stiff and spitting cotton!‘For the Pictures’|
|Folk-Say 312: I’m so thirsty I’m spittin’ cotton.‘Chuck Away’ in Botkin|
|Really the Blues 123: Hell, I’m so dry I couldn’t even spit cotton.|
|White Blaze Fever 86: It was 5 pm when I finally found water, and by that time, I was spitting cotton.|
2. to be very angry.
|Chicago Daily News 14 June 6/3: The Kansas City vote frauds [...] have Attorney General Tom Clark spitting cotton, they believe [DA].|
|Extravaganza 167: Oh, God, am I spitting cotton! My God, my God, my God, this time I, Smith, am really spitting cotton!|
3. (drugs) to spit white balls of spittle while under the influence of amphetamines.
|Junkie (1966) 27: My mouth was dry and my spit came out in round white balls – spitting cotton, it’s called.|
see talk game under game n.
(US campus) to vomit.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: spit beef – to vomit: Don’t spit your beef in here.|
to swear one’s honesty.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Oct. 16/1: ‘Ne’er-do-Weel’ [...] refers to the curious custom among Queensland bush school children of striking their chests and spitting whenever they want to clinch an assertion. I have seen it practised among school children in Adelaide. They call it ‘spitting their death.’.|
|Spoilers 112: An’ I spit my death an’ all, an’ I’ll stick to it.|
|City Of The World 269: For I’ll spit my death if it ain’t a fact [...] his profesh ’d make a millionaire of him if it was used what-you-might-call legitimate.|
(US) to confess one’s crimes in full.
|This Gutter Life 84: Kid, the bloody great soft-hearted mug that he is went and spit his guts.|
to speak, esp. forcefully.
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 78: Spit us out a yard or two more, Gig-lamps.|
(Aus.) to lose one’s temper badly.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Spit the dummy out. Throw a tantrum.|
|How to Shoot Friends 122: That wonderful article in ‘Woman’s Daily’ claiming Renée was my ‘pin-up girl’ caused Margaret to really spit the dummy with me.|
|SouthCoastToday.com (New Bedford, MA) 24 Mar. [Internet] ‘I’ve watched male directors spit out the dummy and throw tantrums on-set and nobody says a peep,’ says [...] Pierce Brosnan.|
|Guardian G2 5 June 3: Alright, don’t spit your dummy, sport.|
|Southern Style 8: I didn’t even spit the dummy when a fuck-up took me on a five-click detour.|
to spit out small gobbets of white mucus.
|Mother Bombie III ii: That makes them spit white broath, as they doo.|
|Virgin-Martyr III iii: Had I been a pagan still, I should not have spit white for want of drink.|
|Spiritual Quixote I Bk iv 225: He had thought it rather a dry discourse; and beginning to spit-sixpences (as his saying was), he gave hints to Mr. Wildgoose to stop at the first public-house they should come to.|
|Bahmanian Lore 81: Every story is preceded by the same doggerel: ‘Once upon a time, a very good time, / De monkey chewed tobacco, an’ ’e spit white lime’.|
(gay) to spit out one’s partner’s semen after fellatio.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 117/1: To spit (you) out the window. For a prostitute to refuse to swallow semen after ejaculation in the mouth.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 42: spit (one) out the window (v.): To refuse to swallow semen after ejaculation in the mouth, committing it to a handkerchief or towel or, indeed, spitting it out of a window. The term is that of prostitutes and not generally used by homosexual males, who very seldom refuse to swallow the semen.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 188: spit [somebody] out the window (dated, ’40s) to refuse swallowing semen after performing fellatio. Often considered insulting.|
(Aus./US) to be irate, furious.
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 113: Look! Strike me fat, I could spit tacks.|
|Daily Tel. 20 Oct. [Internet] The gist of the letter was: we want Green out, and we want him out by midday on Tuesday. The non-execs are spitting tacks.|
any trivial offence for which one still faces prosecution.
|DAUL 203/1: Spitting on the sidewalk. Any trivial crime, the punishment for which is other than trivial; technical charge.et al.|
|‘Olympic Spitting’ 22 Sept. on Dale Connelly Reporting [Internet] Australian spitting has a long tradition. The British convicts who came here had absolutely no manners of any kind, and many claimed they had been sent to the penal colony for nothing more than ‘spitting on the sidewalk.’.|
|‘Slow Pace of Enron Probe Yields First Results’ on Daily Enron [Internet] The theory goes like this: if a person is suspected of committing massive financial frauds logic tells you that they probably also could not resist easier to prove petty crimes – the financial equivalent of ‘spitting on the sidewalk.’ So, hit them there first, put them and their assets on ice and then you take all the time you need to figure out and prove how they pulled off the big capers.|
1. (Aus.) to vomit.
|Poor Man’s Orange 182: Oh boy, that Big Dipper! You have a milkshake before you go on, and when you come off you spit up half a pound of butter.|
2. to confess.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Skyvers Act II: What about what ’appened to me this morning? Come on now, spit up about that.|
speak up! confess! explain yourself!
|[||‘Grand Quartett’ in Radical Harmonist 7: Lie away merrily, spit your slang, / And the game is all our own, brave boys!].|
|Sixteen-String Jack 211: Curse it man, don’t hang fire—spit it out.|
|Ten Nights in a Bar-Room II i: Spit it out! – what is it?|
|Melbourne Punch 9 Aug. 7/1: ‘Slangiana’ [...] Sharp! spit it out.|
|My Dear Parents 19 Aug. 149: major p.: Mr Ross, I have a favor to ask you. ross: Spit it out, Major.letter in|
|Bushrangers 321: ‘Do you wish me to pray aloud?’ I asked, anxious to gain time. ‘Yes, yes, spit it out.’.|
|Little Mr. Bouncer 16: Now then!" spit it out, Giglamps!|
|Seth’s Brother’s Wife 322: Ef you’ve got anythin’ to say, spit it aout!|
|Florence Trib. (AZ) 18 Dec. 1/3: I want to know what’s biting you [...] quit chewing the rag and spit it out.|
|‘Andy Page’s Rival’ in Roderick (1972) 361: What’s the matter with you? Spit it out!|
|Sporting Times 15 Feb. 2/5: Well, what is it, old second-’and? Spit it out.|
|Potash And Perlmutter 197: Do me a favour, Potash, and spit it out.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 70: ‘All right, spit it out,’ said Vettori.|
|Here’s Luck 175: ‘Sit on the bed and tell me all about it [...] Spit it out’.|
|Night and the City 189: His hand closed suddenly [...] on Helen’s wrist. ‘Spit it out,’ he said.|
|Halo in Blood (1988) 130: ‘All right,’ he snarled. ‘Spit it out. Who are you and what do you want?’.|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 27: If you know anything at all, spit it out. I mean, tell me. No matter what it is, it’s more than I’ve got now.|
|Burden of Proof 155: What rubbish! Spit it out! What’s the score?|
|Family Arsenal 255: Spit it out!|
|Muscle for the Wing 49: Spit it out, sport [...] What were they gabbin’ about at the Shamrock?|
|(con. 1940s) One Bright Child 130: ‘Spit it out, dear,’ Margaret advised.|
|Crumple Zone 107: Spi’ i’ ou’ . . . Wha’ was you gonna do wiv carrot-head?|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] What do you want? [...] Spit it out.|
|Gutted 225: ‘Just spit it out, Gus.’ ‘I, eh, met Jonny again’.|
|Donnybrook [ebook] ‘Just spit it to me straight’.|
|Old Scores [ebook] ‘Spit it out, Gregory. No need to be coy’.|
(Aus.) a defensive retort, meaning that one’s last statement is absolutely true.
|We Were the Rats 7: The second girl said ‘Aw gee. You don’t say?’ and the first girl said ‘Spit me death.’.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 97: Spit me death, I did.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 153: ‘Are you serious [...] Surely you’re making it up?’ ‘It’s ridgie-didgie,’ said Eddie. ‘Spit me death.’.|
used to emphasize whatever it is one has said, e.g. spit o’ my hand, you know it’s the truth.
|Spoilers 90: That’s always you. Too blinkin’ artful. Spit o’ my hand!|