1. the voice.
|Trial of Treasure Biiii: By the masse, and well said, but first let us sing, I must tune my pipes first of all with drinking.|
|Knight of the Burning Pestle I i: Carry him this sticke of Licoras [...] ’twill open his pipes the better, say.|
|London Spy IV 78: My Friend must needs be so Frolicsome to Tune his Pipes, and entertain us with a Song.|
|Vulgus Britannicus III 40: Nor did the Rabble spare his Pipes, / Of Mortal Clay.|
|York Spy 72: His Harmonious and well Tun’d Pipes.|
|‘George Barnwell’ in Universal Songster I 19/1: Now soon this voman did persuade him / Vith her fascinating pipes.|
|Picking from N.O. Picayune 70: It [i.e. laughter] is liberally let out through ever-acting escape pipes.|
|Reformed Gambler 121: You cut me all up in little pieces, and put my singing pipes out of tune.|
|Little Ragamuffin 40: I [...] began to cry, and howl, and shriek, setting my pipes to their highest pitch.|
|Old Hunks in Darkey Drama 5 50: Don’t strain your pipes, ole man, like dat!|
|In Strange Company 212: ‘Chirp to him, Carrots,’ growled the old man [...] ‘keep his pipes agoin.’.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 28: More than once he had let drive with a Pop Bottle at the umpire and then yelled ‘Robber’ until his Pipes gave out.|
|John Henry 56: He turns the hot-air into his pipes and comes out with the assertion that I couldn’t write a postal card [...] and finish right.|
|Ballads of a Bohemian (1978) 439: Of tea I’ll make a rousing brew, / And coax my pipes until they croon, / And chant a ditty to the moon.‘Insomnia’ in|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 190: But where’s your pipes? Don’t I remember you with the Herald Square Comic Opera Company in ‘Satan’s Sweetheart?’.‘Second from the End’ in|
|AS I:1 37: Even when I warbled, an’ my pipes are sweet, I couldn’t dent the old boilermaker’s convention.‘Trouper Talk’ in|
|On Broadway 18 Dec. [synd. col.] Femme warblers [...] So many of them have pipes of pure velvet for a few notes only to have them flatten out like a Saroyan plot.|
|Popular Detective June [Internet] ‘Do somethin’,’ Willie yipped at the cops, but forgot his rusty pipes.‘Skip Tracer Bullets’ in|
|Dirty Laundry 195: ‘I want you to talk to me in a minute,’ I said. ‘So keep your pipes oiled.’.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 291: Hey, it’s Fred [...] Pipes aren’t quite as good as old Harry Bright’s, but not so bad for a hoofer.|
|Muscle for the Wing 62: Willie, go on out there and turn your pipes loose on ‘Beast of Burden’.|
|Native Tongue 311: The girl had great pipes.|
|Guardian Guide 22–28 Jan. 22: In the words of the skinny kid with the big pipes from Hoboken, ‘we got high hopes’.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 1: Tony Zank’s mother piled down the rest home corridor, screaming [...] ‘Pretty good pipes for an oldster,’ said McCardle.|
|Nature Girl 9: His [...] boss had suggested that he try telephone work. ‘You got the pipes for it.’.|
2. the lungs, esp. of a singer.
|You Can Search Me 94: She has the most elegant line of language that ever left the pipes.|
|Maison De Shine 260: His pipes’ll be ruined singin’ in all that smoke.|
|Dreiser-Mencken Letters II (1986) 416: Unable to clear her throat, her pipes got clogged up.letter 11 Dec. in Riggio|
|Dreiser-Mencken Letters II (1986) 624: The tropical air will clear out my frozen pipes.letter 23 Mar. in Riggio|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 14 June 7/2: My, Mr., you must have a fine pair of vocalizing pipes.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 303: I felt giddy. A bit much for the old pipes. I sat down and laughed. And then I began to cry.|
|Exit 3 and Other Stories 139: I’ll get you some mescal and maybe that’ll warm up your pipes.|
|Stand (1990) 184: Your pipes are sick.|
|Yes We have No 187: She has a big voice by nature, belter’s pipes.|
3. (also pipe) the throat.
|Beggars of Life 115: I drank it without taking a breath and asked for another. ‘You sure got a hot pipe, Kid,’ said the conductor.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 3: bad pipes – Sore throat.|
|(con. 1969) Grunts 143: Hey, Chief, let’s go to the vill and get the old pipes cleaned out, eh? – and a bottle of whisky and maybe some grass for the rest of the squad.|
4. (US campus) the upper arms.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
5. the vocal chords.
|Snitch Jacket 67: She’d taken out her dog’s pipes. Yapped too much.|
6. see pipe n.1 (1d)
1. to take a drink in order (lit. or fig.) to clear the throat.
|Antidote Against Melancholy in Choyce Drollery (1876) 118: It will clear his pipes, and moisten his lights, / If he drink alternatim a pot of good ale.|
|City Politicks I i: He can’t speak, he’s so hoarse; he’s gone to drink a glass of sack to clear his pipes.|
|Genteel Recreation (1820) 69: But first to clear your Pipes, we’ll drink.|
|Comic Almanack Oct. 65: I’m bottle-holder for a glass of max, / So clear your pipes, my jolly cocks o’ vax.|
2. to clear one’s throat, esp. preparatory to singing.
|Wild Goose Chase V:vi: Be ready, sirrah / And clear your pipes; the music now.|
|Adventures of Gil Blas II 122: I am a chanter at your service, and amuse myself with clearing my pipes, as you will hear.(trans.)|
|High Life Below Stairs II i: I am really hoarse; but—Hem—I must clear up my Pipes.|
|Peeping Tom 29: Come – clear up your pipes and give him a song.|
|Caledonian Mercury 14 Oct. 4/2: Here the Champion made his debut as an orator, and after lushing a bit, by way of clearing his pipes, he gave a bit of a stave.|
|John of Paris II ii: john: I heard your daughter sing a couplet. [...] ped: That’s right, Rosee; clear your pipes (she takes a guitar).|
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 379: He concluded with a desperate ‘aha!’ to clear his much clogged pipes.|
|Olio 31 July 68/1: All hands ahoy there, and clear your pipes, and give us the Lucy’s song.|
|High Life in N.Y. I 38: Clear your pipes, feller citizens; let’s give ’em a song.|
|Jack Sheppard 48: Silence for the captain! and clear your pipes for a chorus.|
|Pimp 39: He cleared his ‘pipes’ and gave me a look.|
3. in fig. use, to lose one’s emotions, to ‘let off steam’.
|Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 106: A pious old matron, that every morning us’d to scold at her maids [...] not that they were in any fault, but only, as she said, to clear her pipes.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 114: That’s how fighters have been clearing their pipes for centuries. A ritual alcoholic bath then reprimed and ready.|
to work oneself to exhaustion.
|Minder [TV script] 9: And I’ve been knocking my pipe out for the past two days trying to get you in with this diamond merchant.‘You Need Hands’|
|Pyramids (1990) 120: After you’d knocked your pipes out seeing to it that the nobility had their tickets to eternity, were you allowed to turn your expertise homeward [...] ?|
1. to sing.
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 227: Then he who is, amongst ’em, the most celebrated Singer, to exhilerate [sic] the rest, begins to open his Pipes.|
|Preston Chron. 19 Aug. 4/3: He [...] began to open his pipes.|
|Wilds of London (1881) 273: Your pegger [...] at once opens his pipes and lets out a loud-sounding challenge.|
|BostonPhoenix.com 17–24 Oct. [Internet] He sings so gently and smoothly on the opening ‘Yamore’ [...]. Keita does open his pipes full bore on the driving ‘Madan,’ which is based on a rhythm from a Malian harvest party.|
2. to clear one’s throat.
|This Is the Schoolroom (2000) 178: Just open your pipes and let 'em 'ave it – that's the only way.|
to cease from an action; to stop talking.
|Antichrist 148: Than maye the B[ishop] of Rome put up his pypes, that may he take his leaue of his great gainyng money marte.|
|Verse Libel 147: But when that he spied that cleare day was broke, / He put up his pypes and his leave he toke.‘Parson of Wollaton’ in May & Bryson|
|Disputation Betweene a Hee and a Shee Conny-Catcher (1923) 14: Then in faith put vp your pipes, and giue mee leaue to speake.|
|Unfortunate Traveller in Works V (1883–4) 32: He could haue found in his hart to haue packt vp hys pipes, & to haue gone to heauen without a baite.|
|Killing is Murder 23: This Imposter may put up his Pipes, and set down by weeping Crosse.|
|Marriage Broaker II i: But ’tis time I Put up my pipes.|
|Eagle and Robin 49: Poke up your pypes, be nae mair sene At court.|
1. to yell, to scream.
|Adventures of Gil Blas I 23: I happened one day to scratch myself, upon which, setting up my pipes, as if he had flead, my mother came running in.(trans.)|
|Ladies Mag. Oct. 449/2: If you interfere with me, I’ll soon make you set up your pipes.|
|Boston Book 87: And oh! sweet pigs! ye musical sons of thunder-! set up your pipes and squeal a deafening chorus into the ears of the Massachusetts Executive Council.|
|Angela I 43: Come along to your tea; and don’t you set up your pipes a-crying, master Tommy, and a disturbing of your mamma.|
2. to complain; to make a fuss.
|Student & Schoolmate July 303: Don’t set up your pipes to that tune, or you ’ll drive me right out of the house, and won’t get anything by it either.|