SE in slang uses
see end n. (1b)
|Rambler’s Mag. Jan. 40/1: The said Sir C— W— shall be totally expelled their lower houses, and declared him totally unqualified to be a candidate for any of their burrows.|
|Rambler’s Mag. June 220/2: My utmost ambition is to be a member of the lower house where [...] I have no doubt I could render essential services to my country.|
|[||Virgins Complaint 2: [We cannot] appease the hunger of our mouths beneath the wast, since the departure of the lusty young Gentlemen, Courtiers, and Cavaliers].|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 125: The upper mouth he keeps constantly supplied with its favorite food, but we fear Jemmy has not parts suffieient to supply the lower with a tenth part of its necessary food.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 185: The anatomical relationship of the bower of bliss and its main channel is indicated in such phrases as the [...] lower mouth, the upright grin (except, traditionally, in China), a bit on a fork.|
see under wig n.2
1. (Aus./US) as low as one can go.
|Wise-crack Dict. 10/2: Lower than a snake’s belt-buckle – Not very high.|
|(con. 1943–5) To Hell and Back (1950) 85: That lower than a snail’s belly of a gold-toothed slut.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 181: My opinion of you is lower than a snake’s belly.|
|Maledicta 1 (Summer) 13: A man of low moral cal- ibre is lower than the spots on a snake’s ass.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 177: He’s lower than a snake’s belly (or a lizard drinking).|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 35: Lower than a snake’s belly: The person is. A dead-set bastard.|
|Lingo 127: There are [...] subtle gradations in the types of stupidity, thoughtlessness, hopelessness, incapacity and sheer ineptitude that may come in for verbal censure. A person may be: [...] lower than a snakes’s belly and lower than a snake’s belly in a wheel rut.|
|Guardian 10 July 3: You’re lower than a snake’s belly.|
2. (orig. US black, also lower than a midget’s ass in hell) depressed.
|F.O.B. Detroit 237: I didn’t say nothing. I was feeling lower than a snake’s belly myself.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 141: Nor did he give a tinker’s damn. He felt lower than a snake’s hip.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 66: I returned to the flophouse despondent, tired and hungry, my spirits lower than a midget’s ass in hell.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 124: Lower than a snake’s belly Depressed.|
used of a person categorized as the lowest of the low.
|City in Sl. (1995) 46: Lower still is one who is lower than the belly of a cockroach, perhaps an original New Yorkism for the lowest of the low.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
1. extremely depressed.
|Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 209: An American folk-simile: ‘lower than whale shit — and that’s on the bottom of the ocean.’.|
|Homeboy 240: Fabbulous Frank slumped [...] feeling lower than whale shit.|
2. (also lower than shark shit) of no moral worth.
|Maledicta 1 (Summer) 13: At the bottom of the heap is the individual who is lower than whale-shit-and that’s on the bottom of the ocean.|
|Better Times Than These (1979) 32: All second lieutenants were ‘lower than whaleshit’—which is at the bottom of the ocean.|
|Chopper 4 140: Bloody female screws are lower than shark shit.|