1. (Aus./US) the intestines of an animal.
|Fact’ry ’Ands 197: ’Ceptin fer er hun-expected wail he jerked out iv ’is works now ’n ’again, that cat was just er livin’ silence.|
2. (Aus./US) the brain.
|Somewhere in Red Gap 123: The old one had a scar [...] It’s where his old man laid into him once, when he was a kid, with a stovelifter. It seemed to stop his works.|
3. (Aus./US) the human stomach or its contents.
|‘Enter Previous’ in Roderick (1972) 883: The first whiff of that cigar would have made him throw up his works!|
|Poor Man’s Orange 63: A reproachful rumble like distant thunder sounded under Hughie’s breastbone, and he smote himself petulantly. ‘My God, I woulda thought the beer would keep the works quiet for a while.’.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 138: She [...] gave a scootch and a twist to her works.|
4. in drug uses.
(a) (drugs) the equipment used by a narcotics user for injecting themself.
|Prison Nurse (1964) 79: The pock-marked one drew ‘the works’ from beneath his blanket. With trembling hands he struck a match and heated a spoonful of water.|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 217: He [...] run in while they was trying to take dope. He grabbed the works away from the one-eyed girl.|
|Golden Spike 158: I’m particular, anyhow, I keep the works clean.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 10: When he awakes in the morning, he reaches instantly for this ‘works’ — eyedropper, needle (‘spike,’ he calls it), and bottle top (‘cooker’). He dissolves heroin in water in the cooker and injects the mixture.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 55: Marion got her works [...] She put the cooker on the sink and Harry tapped some heroin in.|
|(con. late 1940s) Addicts Who Survived 113: A lot of people who couldn’t support their habit would lend out their works for a few drops to get high.|
|Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 33: Vincent takes out his case of works (utensils for shooting up).|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] [...] sucking the liquid into the barrel of me works and then attaching the spike.|
|Grits 22: Ee must still be usin then, if ee carries is wirks around with im.|
|Alphaville (2011) 75: An endless cycle of scoring dope, getting works to shoot it with, safe place to do it [etc.].|
|Killing Pool 72: While in Wolverhampton [...] I availed myself of a batch of gear and some new works to boot.|
|email to davidsimon.com 9 May [Internet] The only time I actually got caught with dope on me it was by a black officer who took the bags and my works.|
(b) the equipment used for smoking crack cocaine, heroin etc.
|Cocaine True 64: Syringes, toys, gizmos, guns, works, call ’em what you want.|
|Grits 4: Roger nods again, smiling, and offers Colm his works.|
(Aus.) to annoy.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|Singleton Argus (NSW) 7 Aug. 2/2: It gets on my works to think that we again have to turn round and do our work in the dark when we have the opportunity of light at an earlier hour.|
|Courtship of Uncle Henry 54: You get on my nerves with your ‘you-ain’t-been-this-way-before Veras’ and ‘who’s-been-getting-at-you-Veras.’ You get on my works.|
|Jimmy Brockett 50: This morning on the tram I wasn’t letting Bill get on my works any.|