(US black) $1,000.
|‘Finally Rich’ [lyrics] I got diamonds all in my watch, horses all in my cars / I get 10 bands for a bar — I know I'm finally rich.|
|‘Dead Up’ [lyrics] I need more bands so I get my bread up.|
SE, meaning a flat strip, in slang uses
a wide belt, a corset.
|Naval Sketchbk I 17: Perceiving the officer of marines loosening his sash [...] he gruffly exclaimed, ‘d—n your belly-band soldier! bear a-hand and bale out the soup’.|
|[||N&Q 12 Ser. IX 345: Bellybands. Cholera belts issued to British troops].|
|Ulysses 231: She was well primed with a good load of Delahunt’s port under her bellyband.|
|‘Drug Sl. Vault’ on Erowid.org [Internet] Blue bands Barbiturates.|
(US prison) a trusty, i.e. a prisoner given special privileges.
|Lag’s Lex. 177: red collar. The forerunner of the redband. [...] Today the redband is a common sight in most prisons.|
|Und. Nights 26: That meant I was a Red Band, a trusty who could move freely about the prison without having to be escorted by a screw.|
|Gate Fever 65: The use of prisoners as ‘trusties’ or ‘red bands’ is as old as prisons themselves.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 146: Some redbands are sweet, like governor’s orderly tell you anything.|
|Guardian G2 15 June 7: He had made sufficient progress to have secured a job as a ‘red band’ (trusty) working on duties unsupervised.|
SE, meaning a musical group, in slang uses
(Aus./US) a woman who associates herself with rock or jazz bands, offering her body for a share in their celebrity.
|New Yorker 5 Dec. 167: ‘Groupies’ reveals a way of life that has shock and curiosity value for the audience. The subject of baby bandmolls is such a good one.|
a woman who associates herself with musicians, usu. offering sex in return for proxy celebrity.
|Walk on the Wild Side 93: Hungry young hustlers hustle dissatisfied old cats and ancient glass-eyed satyrs make passes at bandrats.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 175: Get off my back, you vitch you! You band rat!|
(orig. US) to surpass comprehensively; esp. in excl. that beats the band! that’s beyond rival/compare!
|Washington Bee (DC) 18 Dec. 8/1: These christians (in name) raised sufficient ‘cain’ to beat the band.|
|Rock Is. Argus (IL) 6 Aug. 5/1: [advert] Well! If That Doesn’t Beat the band!|
|Palestine Dly Herald (TX) 30 July 1/5: [He] has fitted up a diminutive toy engine [...] fired up the engine by electricty, and has her running to beat the band.|
|Peck’s Bad Boy Abroad 221: Well, sir, I have been in lots of tight places before, but this beats the band.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 13/1: ‘Well, sparemedays, it beatstha band / ’Ow these things workeround! / But after wotcher say,’ sizee, / ‘I’ll standja ina pound.’.|
|College Days (Eton) 4 1 Apr. in Complete Works X (1998) 64: What yours truly went through here four years gone just beats the whole jazz-band.in|
|Wash. Herald (DC) 23 Oct. 38/6: I found her smokling cigarettes to beat the band.|
|AS II:8 348: beat the band (verb phrase), (1) an expression of surprise.‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in|
|Good Companions 282: ‘This beats t’band, this does.’ And he chuckles.|
|Murphy (1963) 121: ‘Well, that beats the band,’ said Ticklepenny.|
|Jimmy Brockett 8: ‘Bury him on his face?’ I says, incredulous-like. ‘You’re joking!’ ‘Those are the instructions, Joe,’ Mr. Wood says. ‘It beats the band,’ I says. ‘What the idea?’.|
|Dreamtime Justice 92: Well! this beat the band.|
(US) pork and beans; thus brass band without a leader, beans without the pork.
|‘Dict. of Diningroom Sl.’ in Brooklyn Daily Eagle 3 July 13: ‘Brass band, without a leader,’ is a plate of beans without pork.|
|L.A. Times 9 Apr. 5: ‘Brass band with leader’—pork and beans.|
a band that is mocked for being more interested in style than music.
|Guardian Rev. 15 Oct. 11: Far from being a ‘haircut band’ (the worst possible insult), the Charlatans and their twirly Hammond organ kick US-friendly ass.|
a phr. describing the point at which the problems really began, when things became serious.
|Dundee Eve. Teleg. 12 July 2/4: Maud— That’s the brute that proposed to me [...] He ought to have known beforehand that I should refuse him. Papa— Perhaps he did (Then the band played).|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 90: Ho, won’t ther band play when His Whiskers come ’ome t’ mother, ’n’ hears ther full perticklers.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 243/2: Then the band played (Parliamentary). Climax, finality. Derived from the use of brass bands on the nomination day, which immediately sounded when the opponent of their employer attempted to address the people.|
|Dundee Courier 12 Sept. 7/3: Then, my dear, the band played, I can assure you.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 93: Sweating like that on a night like this here, you’ll catch your death of double ammonia. Then the band won’t half play. [Ibid.] 129: If you hadn’t let the coppers follow you, [...] we’d be all right. As it is, they’re playing the bloody band all round the house.|
(US) to the utmost, very much.
|Princeton Stories 175: Why I just sit down and pole to beat the band.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 37: She made up her mind to be Benevolent to beat the Band.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 104: Some folks says your life is grand, / That you make dough to beat the band.|
|Gentleman of Leisure Ch. xiii: Look at me. Gittin’ busy all de year round, woikin’ to beat de band—.|
|No Parachute (1968) 25 May 25: Dimmock strumming at the piano and everyone gathering round him, bellowing to beat the band.letter in|
|Anecdota Americana I 60: The dame I had last night hollored to beat the band.|
|(con. 1920s) USA (1966) 1026: Margo [...] acted the jealous bitch and started making over Cassidy to beat the cars.Big Money in|
|Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 291: Bags of natives sprawling about the corridors, all chattering to beat the band.‘A Bit of a Smash in Madras’ in|
|Gun in My Hand 23: I was shikkered to beat the band.|
|Among Thieves 286: Everybody hooting and hollering to beat the band, having a hell of a time giving old Manson the bird.|
|Gorilla, My Love (1972) 32: I’m smiling to beat the band.‘Raymond’s Run’ in|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 6: It was raining to beat the band.|
|Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 98: Nixon, they say, went off laughing fit to beat the band.|