Green’s Dictionary of Slang

point n.

1. the chin, the face, the nose.

B.J. Angle in Morgan ‘House’ on Sport I 45: A competitor stopped by a blow on the mark is as much ‘out’ as though rendered helpless by a hit on the point .
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Jan. 24/4: Murphy got most of the punishment, but bided his time until an opening offered in the 9th round, when a ‘daisy’ on the point sent Jack to rest.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘On a Bender’ in Benno and Some of the Push 84: The Don punched the Dago fair on the point.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Narcissus’ in Rose of Spadgers 153: A doubt wot’s plugged me fair bang on the point.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: The point, the nose.
[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.

2. (drugs) a hypodermic syringe.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 107/2: point. 1. The hollow needle through which the injection is made.
[US]Rigney & Smith Real Bohemia 58: The dissolved drug is drawn up through a needle (the ‘point’) and then injected through the skin.
[US]N. von Hoffman We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 593: Hawaiian Chuck was handing out hepatitis-infected points to friends who’d burned him.
[US]Current Sl. V:4.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 172: Spike, point, blunt (hypodermic needle).
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 62: The kids who crouched in doorways or stairwells with their pipes and papers and points.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 20: Make sure he’s [...] got enough to eat, dope to shoot, new points to do it with.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 17: Point — A needle.

3. (US) anyone standing guard or leading the way [milit. jargon point, the man walking at the head of a patrol; ult. ranching jargon point, the front of a herd].

[True Copy of a Discourse (1870) 39: Sir Henrie Norris (whose Regiment had the poynt of the Vangard)].
[[US]A. Adams ‘Bad Medicine’ Cattle Brands [Internet] A quiet little fellow, with pox-marks on his face, who always rode on the point].
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 152: point 1. (prison sl) a lookout.
[US]Maledicta IX 150: The original argot of prostitution includes some words and phrases which have gained wider currency and some which have not […] point (bouncer or man on guard).
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 374: He knew of several murders, including two where he was involved in a minor way, like standing point while the killing went down.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 261: Janice drove point. Kinman tapped his horn. Kinman goosed her pipes.

4. a nipple.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 77: She had her good points [...] especially those at the end of her knobs.

5. (gay) any form of writing implement.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.

In phrases

keep point (v.)

(US prison) to keep a lookout.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 41: Keep Point [to keep] a lookout for prison guards or officials.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 7: I kept point with a .38 revolver.
on point (adj.) [milit. point, the lead man of a patrol]

1. standing guard, keeping a lookout; thus run point, to take the lead.

[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 141: ‘Kind of puts me out there all alone, doesn’t it.’ ‘On point,’ Cutter said, ‘Which is the place to be.’.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 218: I’ll be standing on point.
[US](con. 1960s) J. Ellroy Blood’s a Rover 21: Sam G.’s running point now.

2. alert, sharp, aware.

[US]Tribe Called Quest ‘Check the Rhime’ [lyrics] [Q-Tip] Are you on point, Phife? [Phife] All the time, Tip.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 40: I was on point. Not only was I in jeopardy, but with me I had Mom.
[US]Source Oct. 22: His lyrics and beats were both on point.
[US]Source Aug. 68: I think the action scenes were on point. It added a rush to the movie.
[US]N. McCall Them (2008) 75: Her instinct about the store was more on point than she might have imagined.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 34: I didn’t like having to be on point like that all the time [...] so if it came down to him or me, it was most definitely going to be him.
Young Jeezy ‘Enough’ [lyrics] I’m on deck, on point, I’m straight, I’m cool.

3. (US campus) attractive, e.g. of a garment.

[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 7: ON POINT — attractive, stylish, perfect: ‘Sarah’s new shoes are gorgeous—really on point’.

4. (UK black) very important; first-rate.

[UK]A. Wheatle Crongton Knights 89: I knew this mission was on point. How could we ignore Venetia’s distress?
[UK]Eve. Standard (London) 17 Feb. [Internet] The Connoisseur called the strip burger ‘on point’ three months ago and I’d say exactly the same now if I were trendy enough.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

get points (v.) (also have points)

to have an advantage.

[US]‘Old Sleuth’ Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 66: We run from here to the place where our goods are landed; you would have all the points down on us, and were you my own brother, it would be necessary for you to join us or be silenced.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 56: He was just turning an extra dollar, doing a piece of work for a guy that might be able to bail him out in the future, getting a few points.
give points (v.)

to permit an advantage to.

[US]American (Century) vi 383: Any average Eton boy could give points to his Holiness in the matter of Latin verses [F&H].
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 19 Mar. 94/2: Harry Payne is a clown of the old school, ’tis true, but still he can give points and an easy licking to most, if not all, of his modern rivals [F&H].
make points (v.) [basketball imagery]

(US) to give a good impression, to ‘score’ with someone.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 206: I was building a model of the state cap’tol. I figured when I got it done, I’d duke it on the gov’nor, maybe make some points.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 61: I assigned Pachanga to make points for me when I wasn’t around.
work a point (v.) (also work points)

(Aus.) to live by one’s wits, to take advantage by trickery and deception.

[Aus]W.T. Goodge ‘Australia’s Pride’ in Bulletin 3 Sept. 32: As he was fly he thought he’d try / The Sydney folks as well. / Their chances would be mighty slim / Of working any points on him.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 110: [...] working points, i.e. living by your wits, dodging or loafing at work.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Dec. 16/1: I think I know a plan / How to work a point on Ham and do him brown.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 23 Apr. 12/1: Definitions [...] Work— a slang expression, e.g., ‘Go and get work,’ ‘Work a point on him’.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 140: A pointer is one who exploits another’s gullibility or takes him down by trickery; whence . . . to work a point.
[Aus]‘No. 35’ Argot in G. Simes DAUS (1993).