1. in fig. use, money; wealth [the equation of money and dirt].
|Sarmun xx in E.E.P. (1862) 3: Þe wrecchis wringit þe mok so fast up ham silf hi nul nʒt spened [OED].|
|F&H].Confessio Amantis v: For to pinche, and for to spare, Of worlds mucke to gette encres [|
|‘Bashe Libel’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 78: In few yeares he scrapt such muck, / And grew so riche.|
|Tragicall Tales 13: Not one in all Rauenna might compare With him for wealth, or matcht him for his muck.|
|Passionate Morrice (1876) 63: They would then rather respect the man then money. [...] For, followed she not the greedie desire of adding muck to muck.|
|Microcosmos 70: This make vs make the hand of the distrest Our Mucke and Earthly Mammon’s continent.|
|Scourge of Folly 55: He married her for Mucke, she him for lust, The Motives fowle, then fowly liue they must.|
|Bondman I iii: Doe you prize your mucke Aboue your liberties?|
|Match at Midnight I i: I tell ’em I haue given over Brokering, moyling for mucke and trash.|
|The Wandering Jew 36: Thou art Master to thy Money, and a slave to thy Muck.|
|Laughing Mercury 29 Sept.-6 Oct. 201: A little muck, or earthly wealth.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Muck Money, Wealth.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).|
|Eng. Dict. (2nd edn).|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Dialect of Craven I 333: Muck. A contemptuous name for money. ‘What’s all his muck good tul?’.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Men of Character II 45: John hurried away with the suit of the solemn black to the disconsolate heir of the muckthrift.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
2. a general term covering anything or anyone seen as disgusting, worthless or abhorrent.
|Fool of Quality I iii: [dedication] Your Respectableness, perhaps, hath not duly perpended the Travail, the Toil, the marvellous Drudgery, the Muck, that Dedicators are obliged to pass through, and the Fences of Truth over which they must break.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 121: Muck [...] by easy transition ― dirty female persons are the same.|
|Suffolk Chron. 2 Sept. 1/6: The prisoner said that [...] she was a ‘rig’lar old muck’ and kept a bad house [and] that her husband was transported.|
|Dialect of Craven I 333: ‘To throw muck at a person,’ to scandalize and vilify him.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 41: ‘Go thy ways, thou fool,’ she exclaims; ‘Go thy ways and be hanged, thou Plump Muck!’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 280/1: Drinking bad beer; but it wasn’t beer – muck, I call it.|
|‘’Arry on the River’ in Punch 9 Aug. 57/1: Up to now it’s bin muck and no error.|
|Deacon Brodie I tab.III i: Muck: that’s my opinion of him: muck.|
|Tony Drum 90: I’ll make ye laugh t’other side o’ your mouth, you bit o’ London muck.|
|Northerner 165: ‘This is a nice bit of moral muck I’m about to drag you through, Falls!’ [...] ‘Well,’ – he loosened his tie with a savage jerk, as though it choked him, – ‘that girl – that colored girl – is my daughter.’.|
|Letters to James Joyce (1968) 18: They pay 2 bob a line and get most of the best people (and one hell of a lot of muck).letter 15 Dec. in Read|
|Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1977) 176: I don’t do any of that muck now. It was just a passing craze.|
|Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1962) 250: Christ, what muck! But of course it was an American paper. The Americans always go one better on any kinds of beastliness.|
|Loving (1978) 178: Just imagine me smarming that muck over my face and chest.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 112: Think we’re muck because we ain’t had the education to talk posh.|
|Diaries 5 Oct. 164: To The Visit at Royalty to see George Rose. It was the most appalling muck I’ve seen for some time.|
|(con. 1950s) Spend, Spend, Spend (1978) 45: These letters are filth, muck, rubbish!|
|Blow Your House Down 7: And he treats her like muck.|
|Underground 6: You’re trainee muck now, but one day all this could be yours.|
3. rubbish, nonsense.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 6/4: ‘Muck’ is not a very elegant word, we admit, but it is intensely expressive – especially at electioneering times; and, in fact, it is the only one […] which appropriately fits a statement recently made in some London newspapers, to the effect that the late Duke of Brunswick ‘languished all his life under a hopeless passion for Queen Victoria.’.|
|Dagonet Ditties 99: A notion fluttered in Whims’s brain; / He got to the middle, and there he stuck, / For Fidgitt declared the plot was ‘muck’.‘The Collaborators’|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Oct. 29/1: ‘The average muck produced in Australia as a famous London success is probably unknown to any part of the metropolis’ – which is just what I said.|
|muck. If it weren’t in ‘aid of the Prince of Wales fund’ one would be inclined to sue for one’s shilling.letter 9 Nov. in Paige (1971) 45: The exhibition of Modern Spanish Art at the Grafton is a fit exhibit to hang where the show of the Royal Society of portrait painters hung recently.|
|What’s In It For Me? 13: I’m not [...] giving you a lot of muck about your own business.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: Marauding bedouins! You’ll lap up any old muck.|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 229: He was my devoted fan [...] wouldn’t listen to the muck that was going around.|
|Faggots 204: A sinking foundation of insecure, heartful muck.|
|Guardian G2 19 Jan. 14: Sharing the charts with ‘commercialised muck like S Club 7’.|
4. semen; esp. in phr. spill one’s muck.
|My Secret Life (1966) III 537: She [...] often wished she were dead rather than have to come out and let men pull her about, and put their nasty muck into her, — ‘nasty muck’ was always the pleasant way in which she spoke of a man’s sperm.|
|Blow Your House Down 46: Always remember your mouth’s your own. When he’s shot his muck you’ve got to go back and kiss them bairns.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: muck n. Mess (qv). As in ‘Shoot your muck’.|
5. food or drink, not necessarily unpleasant.
|Eton School Days 32: ‘Tarts, cakes, and buns to-day, sir?’ [...] ‘Not to-day, Spankey. I have only just left home, and your muck might not exactly agree with me.’.|
|Mr Sprouts, His Opinions 9: And if he didn’t give me a dose of the sourest muck I ever put to my lips, I’m a Dutchman.|
|Society Snapshots 39: I haven’t had a thing fit to eat yet. I wonder where on earth Maria gets all this muck from.|
|Soul Market 87: Lor, what muck — I ain’t goin’ to eat none o’ that.|
|Jonah 169: ‘Bah!!’ he cried in disgust [...] ‘only kids eat that muck.’.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 253: He knows we can’t live on the muck they give us.‘Satisfaction of a Gentleman’ in|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 379: This resulted in Lola’s suggestion to escape before he was again poisoned by the Duchess’s ‘muck’.|
|in Mass-Observation War Factory: Report 8: A woman who is accustomed to making her dinner off a couple of slices of bread-and-margarine with a taste of pickles or German sausage, does not know quite what to make of a plate of steamed fish with a strange sauce over it, and some dark-coloured beans that she has never seen before in her life. The line of least resistance when confronted by this apparition, is to call it ‘muck’.|
|Jennings Goes To School 20: Of course, all school food’s muck, but usually it’s pretty decent, so that makes it wizard muck.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 19: Look at that muck. How do they expect a man to eat stuff like that?|
|Family Arsenal 118: Good English food after all that Spanish muck.|
|Homesickness (1999) 167: I didn’t come here for the beer. Have you ever tasted such pissy muck?|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 50: Ask for tea and get all kinds of muck, big old leaves, probably better you smoked it.|
|Soho 175: They’d get pissed off with serving that fancy muck all night and would want something plain when it was their turn to eat.|
6. as a euph. for shit n.
|Long Carry (1970) 211: In the centre of all this was the farmhouse midden, where all the animals’ muck, straw, and rubbish was deposited.diary 10 Sept.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 86: You land me in the muck if you don’t watch out.|
|USA Confidential ix: The muck is there, deep and dirty; the rake digs into it and turns it up.|
|Bunch of Ratbags 43: They found him lying on his side unconscous in the toilet gutter, with urine and muck all over him.|
|Sky Ray Lolly 32: And the hedgehog said, ‘Keep your filthy / cow-muck, I haven’t got stomach ulcers.’.|
|Keys to the Street 134: A bit of muck on the pavement.|
7. rudeness, insults.
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 141: Reckon I might get me leave cancelled for slingin’ muck at crane.|
|Jimmy Brockett 116: I got a big kick out of the way the boys poked muck at me about Henry.|
a very unattractive woman.
|Decent Ride 138: Ah’ve hud a loat ay fuckin barry rides fae some quality fanny [...] a few muck-buckets n aw, ah’ll gie ye that, but ah widnae change a fuckin minute ay it!|
to laugh behind someone’s back.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
a pile of money ; thus have a good muckhill at one’s doorstep, to be well-off.
|Proverbs (2nd edn) 77: You make a muckhill on my trencher, quoth the Bride. i.e. You carve me a great heap. I suppose some bride at first, thinking to speak elegantly and finely might use that expression; and so it was taken up in drollery; or else it’s onely a droll, made to abuse countrey brides, affecting fine language.|
1. a filthy, unappetizing place or room.
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 142: I might have known there wouldn’t be a woman in this muck hole with a human spark in her.|
|Till Death Us Do Part 8: Forty years of flogging your guts out and all you’ve done is end up in a muckhole.|
2. the anus.
|Anecdota Americana II 14: Now you wants to fuck up me muckhole.|
|in Limerick (1953) 243: He mucked up her fuck-hole / And fucked up her muck-hole, / And charged her two dollars beside.|
3. (Aus.) the vagina.
|Llama Parlour 91: I’d come from a country where the blokes called a vagina a ‘muckhole’ and the labia majora ‘piss flaps’.|
|Real Life in Ireland 289: Never by any means blow your nose, except into a ‘muckrag’.|
|Irish Times 25 Sept. n.p.: While some ‘Dubs’ consider provincials less than the full civilised shilling – ‘muck-savages’ is a phrase which comes to mind – some provincials appear to consider Dubliners less than fully Irish [BS].|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 21: muck savage n. A bumpkin; a buffle; a cabbagehead. See joskin.|
|Guardian 25 Oct. [Internet] [‘Culchie’] has morphed, say the culchies, into an insult, shorthand for thick ‘muck savage’, or ‘bogman’ - the opposite to the sly city boys of Dublin.|
|ww.liverpoolway.co.uk 18 Feb. [Internet] I have to say, as a Dub [...] I could never stand the sight of that dirty sleveen looking inbred muck savage that is Páidí O'Geebag.|
|Life and Work among Navvies 43: Navvies themselves speak of one another as ‘muck-shifters,’ or ‘thick-legs’.|
(Aus.) a tin-miner.
|Newcastle Morn. Herald (NSW) 13 Sept. 3/1: I wonder whether he means spud digger or muck-shoveller, for, by his caricature of the field, he knows little about mining.|
|Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 26 Oct. 1/1: They say [...] That a certain muck shoveller [...] is looking for promotion. [...] That running round with wondrous tales of ‘Look what I’ve found!’ is getting him disliked.|
|Aus. Lang. 98: muck-shoveller, a tin miner.|
a gambler (or anyone else) who has lost all their money.
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 259/2: I was a muck-snipe when I was there – why, a muck-snipe, sir, is a regularly done up, coopered, and humped altogether.|
one who uses a good deal of obscene language or has a ‘smutty’ mentality.
|DN IV:iii 209: muck-spout, a foul-mouthed person. ‘Nothing taints boys’ minds like the muck-spouts on the street corners.’.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
|Letters (2006) 53: And [John Middleton] Murry, not being an artist, but only a little ego, is a little muckspout, and there is an end of it.letter 15 Dec.|
1. (US) a long-handled shovel; thus muck-sticker, muckstick man, a manual labourer.
|Morn. Tulsa Dly World (OK) 13 June 19/3: Shovel flirts — Laborers, known also as ‘muck-stickers’.|
|Sat. Eve. Post 1 Jan. 28/3: I was a mucker; my shovel, a muckstick.|
|AS II:9 392: A long-handled shovel is a muckstick and a short-handled one is a clam-gun.‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 132: Muck Stick. – A long-handled shovel, one in general use by ditch-diggers and others working in the earth, as opposed to ‘banjo’ or short-handled ‘scoop’ shovel for coal, grain, etc.|
|Grapes of Wrath (1951) 272: We got here a first grade muck-stick man.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 142/1: Muckstick. A shovel.et al.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 41: Just give us [...] some mucksticks, and Tommy and I’ll bury him.|
|Ups and Downs of a Rebel Longshoreman 5: Armed with a shovel apiece — the old ‘idiot spoon,’ ‘Mexican dragline,’ the muckstick [etc.].|
2. (N.Z.) a shotgun.
|Stag Party 53: ‘How do you ever shoot one then?’ ‘I stopped and looked for the little bugger [...] and upped with me muck-stick and waited [...] Bang! I nailed him right between the eyes.’.|
see separate entries.
see separate entry.
extremely, utterly; either succeeding a pej., e.g. as sick as muck, or implying one, e.g. as rich as muck.
|Badminton Mag. 26 198: Not to put too fine a point on it, the dons are as sick as muck with me.|
|First Hundred Thousand (1918) 293: ‘He’s as sick as muck!’ comments Bobby.|
|Goodbye to All That (1995) 97: They allowed the work we’d done in the trench to go to ruin and left the whole place like a sewage farm for us to take over again. We were sick as muck.|
|Jacob’s Ladder 254: It was not that she was after money at all, for she was rich as muck.|
|Stephen Morris 104: Poor old man — he must be feeling sick as muck at having crashed it.|
of a man, to ejaculate, to reach orgasm.
|Acid House 266: I thought about her daughter and blew my muck inside her.‘A Smart Cunt’ in|
|Filth 161: The spacedyke imagery is still vivid in my head and I blow my muck quickly.|
|Glue 42: Nae cunt’s gaun naewhaire till ah’ve blawn ma muck.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 87: Maybe it’s the gear [...] ah cannae seem tae blaw ma muck.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: chuck your muck euph. To drain one’s spuds; ejaculate.|
a hypothetical aristocrat, snobbish and conspicuous in his contempt for lesser mortals, but since he is lord of ‘muck’ he is, in fact, no better than they are.
|Huddersfield Chron. 12 June 8/2: When he (complainant) came down, he was addressed as ‘Lord Muck’.|
|Bristol Mercury 28 July 7/5: The prisoner’s wife put her head out of the window and called me ‘Lord Muck’.|
|Western Dly Press 26 Jan. 3/2: When you had your great coat on you thought yourself Lord muck from no-where.|
|Bury & Norwich Post (Suffolk) 7 Sept. 6/2: Witness: Defendant called me Lord Muck.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 20/1: Our schoolmaster he maiks his livin ritin to your paipir. He thinks he’s the Lord Muck does our school master because he rites to a papir.|
|N.Y. Tribune 21 May 19/3: You’ll find out, whether you’re Brogger or Juggins or lord Muck from Bog Island, that I’m Captain here.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Sept. 48/1: I caught the fish, and I seized a duck, / I pushed them to him with either hand, / And I said: ‘Here, tell me, my good Lord Muck, / Which one of them carries the station brand?’.|
|Saturdee 107: Yer must think your old man’s King Muck.|
|Cockney Cavalcade 197: You look like Lord Muck!|
|Albury Banner (NSW) 30 Aug. 30/2: Yer jus’ ort ‘ave seen the girl Roddy las’ Saturdee night at the pitchers, all laired up, and the guy, swot me, a regular Lord Muck.|
|Jimmy Brockett 82: The kid was sitting at his table and looking as important as King Muck.|
|Billy Liar (1962) 48: Oo, hark at Lord Muck.|
|Big Rumble 86: Big Tony’s rep as boss or as Twitch put it, ‘Lord High Pile of Muck’.|
|Pallet on the Floor 59: Bring Lord Muck too.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 82: Who do you think you are? Lord Muck of Turd Island.|
|Salesman 28: Oh, can I? Is that right? God Almighty, thanks for the bloody permission, Lord Muck.|
|Acid Alex 45: You’re that little Lord Muk on toast, aren’t you?|
|Guardian Guide 17-23 June 11/1: British people having tea and carrying on like Lord and Lady Muck.|
(middle-class) a pretentious, unpleasant dinner ‘spotted at the corners with custard powder preparations, and half dozens of stewed prunes, etc, etc’ (Ware).
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(Aus.) inclined to cause trouble.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 18 Aug. 4/7: Quoth the festive lady punter to snowy Long Odds Bill, / ‘I want a little with you on Siesta’ / [...] / ‘Who is she?’ whispered William. ‘Up to muck,’ said Mick M’D.|