Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tin adj.

1. [1900s–10s] (US campus) best, admirable.

2. see tin-pot adj.

In compounds


see separate entries.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

tin-badge (n.) (also tin cop) [1950s]

1. (US) an auxiliary or volunteer police officer: also attrib.

2. a private detective.


see separate entries.

tin cow (n.) (also tinned cow) [note synon. WWII US Army armored cow/city cow]

[1920s–40s] (US tramp) tinned milk.

tin dog (n.) (also dog, tinned dog, tin of dog) [note WWI milit. corned dog, canned beef]

[late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) canned meat.


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tin grin (n.)

[1970s+] (US campus/UK teen) a person wearing orthodontic braces.

tin hare (n.)

1. [1920s+] (mainly Aus.) the electric hare used for greyhound racing.

2. attrib. use of sense 1, pertaining to greyhound racing.

3. [1930s+] a train, esp. a rail-motor, i.e. a small passenger train consisting of the engine and one coach; also attrib.; thus as v., to travel on such a train.

tin hat

see separate entries.


see separate entries.

tin lizzie (n.) (also Liz, lizzie, tin-liz) [affectionate nickname]

1. [1910s+] (orig. US) a Model T Ford.

2. [1920s+] (orig. Aus.) any kind of ageing, broken-down vehicle.

tin mittens (n.) [mitten n. (1)]

[1930s–40s] (US Und.) a person who arranges something at a high price.

tin-pot (adj.)

see separate entry.

tin ribs (n.)

[late 19C] (UK Und.) a policeman.

tin shield (n.) [metonymy]

[1990s+] (US) a police officer.

tin shirt (n.)

[1920s] (US Und.) a bullet-proof vest.

tin star (n.)

[late 19C+] (US) a private detective; a country police officer; thus tin star detective.

tin teller (n.)

[2000s] (N.Z.) an ATM.

tin throne (n.) [SE throne/throne n.]

[1930s–40s] (US prison) a cell latrine.