1. (US tramp) used of places or individuals considered unfriendly (often aggressively so) to hobos.
|Morn. Tulsa Dly World (OK) 13 June 19/2: Hostile — Referred to towns or police that are brutal and mean to hobos.|
|‘Gila Monster Route’ in Hobo 195: He thought of the time he lost his pal / In the hostile berg of Stockton, Cal.|
|You Can’t Win 69: Better wait till night if you want to make a train. The railroad bull is hostile.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 33: The shacks are hostile, and the railroad dicks will glom you sure, unless you’re lucky.|
2. (Aus.) to become angry (with).
|Battlers 90: They won’t stick together [...] scared a John ’ud go hostile on them.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 51/1: go hostile act angrily; eg ‘If he says one more word to her, I’ll really go hostile.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|