1. the penis.
|DSUE (8th edn) 918/1: mid-C.19–20.|
2. (US black) money.
|(con. 1890s–1930s) Juba to Jive.|
3. (US Und.) nitroglycerin.
|Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 1930 134: power, n. Nitroglycerin.‘Chatter of Guns’ in|
4. (US prison) constr. with the, the authorities.
|Little Boy Blue (1995) 242: Keppel was obviously the power. He had the center position.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 58: If the power’s in a bad mood, you end up in discipline, your parole revoked.|
SE in slang uses
see Black Power dance n.
1. a strong, important, energetic and influential person; also attrib.
|Cities in Evolution xiii 312: Before long, then, the School of Civics...must become a familiar institution in every city, with its civic library in rapid growth and widening use, and all as a veritable power-house of civic thought and action.|
|[title] The Power-House.|
|F.P. Huddle ‘Baseball Jargon’ AS XVIII:2 105: A hard hitter is known as a distance hitter, power house, power hitter, slugger, or heavy sticker.|
|USA Confidential 239: Behind all of this is Tony Gizzo, the powerhouse and communications center between Kansas City and the Chicago mob.|
|You Flash Bastard 188: Sneed decided the time was right to make moves against the power-house, not necessarily to put it out completely, but to get some nice hold that would render Rosi considerably more malleable than he was at present.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 204: The greatest rough-edge powerhouse singer of them all.|
2. (US tramp) a cheap bar or saloon.
|Morn. Tulsa Dly World (OK) 13 June 19/1: Barrel house — Cheap whiskey store; power house.|
(Aus.) a derog. term for an Asian.
|First Aus. Dict. Vulgarities & Obscenities n.p.: No, not the boongs or the sheilas or the powerpoints (look it up). The biggest victim of abuse is that beergutted wonder, that chundering fool, the Aussie bloke.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 282: powerpoint an Asian.|
|Google Groups: soc.culture.french 23 Apr. [Internet] The Chinese can be called chinks, gooks, slopes and powerpoints (if you’ve ever seen an Australian powerpoint you’ll understand why).|
|Aus. Harley Riders 22 Feb. [Internet] It’s a world wide network of slopeheads /gooks, whatever you want to call them..... I prefer powerpoints....these powerpoints slyly infiltrate your home/workplace, everywhere.|
(US campus) coffee.
|College Sl. Dict. [Internet] power sludge [CMU] strong coffee.|
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an excl. of encouragement.
|Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1862) 216: More power to your elbow, Maurice, and a fair wind in the bellows.|
|Legends and Stories 155: More power to your elbow, Paddy, my boy.|
|Pickings from N.O. Picayune (1847) 14: Musha, more power to your elbow for bringin’ the pipes.|
|Son of a Vulcan III 166: Go on, Jack, and more power to your elbow.|
|‘The Day that Paddy was Breeched’ in Yankee Paddy Comic Song Book 2: More power to your small clothes, / And Ireland too, I say; While a shot she’s got in locker, / Sure she never will say die.|
|Knocknagow 223: ‘More power to your oaten-male-pueata-cake – an’ a griddle to bile id,’ exclaimed Barney.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 362: Here’s luck, Jansen, and more power to your elbow!|
|Punch 28 Feb. 152/1: A dashing fine specimen of scene-painting by, as I gathered from the programme, Messrs. Bruce Smith and Dixon (more power to their elbows!).|
|Enemy to Society 178: Well, God bless you, Kerny, and more speed to your elbow.|
|Pound/Williams Correspondence (1996) 42: ANYHOW blaze away, and more power to your elbow.in Witemeyer|
|Foveaux 253: Yes, he thinks the timber workers are putting up a jolly good fight, more power to their elbow.|
|Caught (2001) 96: He shouted in Richard’s ear, almost with reverence, ‘More power to his elbow mate, more power to it.’.|
|letter 7 Sept. in Leader (2000) 452: More power to your elbow in the Abolitionist campaign.|
|Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 109: The taxi driver was asked in for a drink, and more power to his elbow he didn’t say no. Dublin taximen are like that.|
|Snakes (1971) 74: Well, I’ll just be! More power to you.|
|(con. 1930s) Tell me, Sean O’Farrell 66: The conclusion of such a recitation was greeted with calls of ‘More power to your elbow’.|
|Writing Your Own Life Story 18: If you do, more power to your elbow. There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing your name in print.|