1. [mid-19C–1910s] courage, fortitude, ‘character’ [orig. boxing jargon].
2. [mid-19C+] hair.
3. [1960s+] (female) pubic hair and by extension, a woman as a sex object [metonymic use of sense 2].
[mid-19C] plucky, spirited; usu. as good-woolled.
[mid-19C–1900s] (Aus./US) excellent, first-class.
1. [late 19C+] of people, excellent, dependable.
2. [2000s] (N.Z.) fat.
see have someone/something by the short and curlies under short and curlies n.
[1900s] (N.Z.) to wake up; to think (or make someone else think) clearly.
[19C–1940s] to lose one’s temper.
1. [late 19C] (US) to get angry with.
2. [1920s] (Aus.) to annoy, to drive into a temper.
[20C+] calm down! don’t lose (emotional) control!
SE in slang uses
[late 19C+] (Aus.) a sheep-shearer.
[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a sheep, a lamb; also attrib.; thus wing of a woolbird, a shoulder of lamb.
[late 19C–1930s] (N.Z.) a sheep-shearer.
1. [mid-18C] in boxing, the head.
2. [1960s] (Aus.) a sheep farmer.
[mid-19C–1950s] (US) a rural person.
[20C+] (Aus.) a skilful shearer.
[mid-19C–1900s] the workhouse.
[1940s] (US Und.) a shoplifter specializing in woollen garments.