1. the chin, the face, the nose.
|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 .|
|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.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 84: The Don punched the Dago fair on the point.‘On a Bender’ in|
|Rose of Spadgers 153: A doubt wot’s plugged me fair bang on the point.‘Narcissus’ in|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: The point, the nose.|
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
2. (drugs) a hypodermic syringe.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 107/2: point. 1. The hollow needle through which the injection is made.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Real Bohemia 58: The dissolved drug is drawn up through a needle (the ‘point’) and then injected through the skin.|
|We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 593: Hawaiian Chuck was handing out hepatitis-infected points to friends who’d burned him.|
|Current Sl. V:4.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 172: Spike, point, blunt (hypodermic needle).|
|Way Past Cool 62: The kids who crouched in doorways or stairwells with their pipes and papers and points.|
|Another Day in Paradise 20: Make sure he’s [...] got enough to eat, dope to shoot, new points to do it with.|
|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)].|
|[||Cattle Brands [Internet] A quiet little fellow, with pox-marks on his face, who always rode on the point].‘Bad Medicine’|
|Queens’ Vernacular 152: point 1. (prison sl) a lookout.|
|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).|
|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.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 261: Janice drove point. Kinman tapped his horn. Kinman goosed her pipes.|
4. a nipple.
|in Sweet Daddy 77: She had her good points [...] especially those at the end of her knobs.|
5. (gay) any form of writing implement.
(US prison) to keep a lookout.
|Prison Sl. 41: Keep Point [to keep] a lookout for prison guards or officials.|
|Monster (1994) 7: I kept point with a .38 revolver.|
1. standing guard, keeping a lookout; thus run point, to take the lead.
|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.’.|
|Go-Boy! 218: I’ll be standing on point.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 21: Sam G.’s running point now.|
2. alert, sharp, aware.
|‘Check the Rhime’ [lyrics] [Q-Tip] Are you on point, Phife? [Phife] All the time, Tip.|
|Monster (1994) 40: I was on point. Not only was I in jeopardy, but with me I had Mom.|
|Source Oct. 22: His lyrics and beats were both on point.|
|Source Aug. 68: I think the action scenes were on point. It added a rush to the movie.|
|Them (2008) 75: Her instinct about the store was more on point than she might have imagined.|
|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.|
|‘Enough’ [lyrics] I’m on deck, on point, I’m straight, I’m cool.|
3. (US campus) attractive, e.g. of a garment.
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 7: ON POINT — attractive, stylish, perfect: ‘Sarah’s new shoes are gorgeous—really on point’.(ed.)|
4. (UK black) very important; first-rate.
|Crongton Knights 89: I knew this mission was on point. How could we ignore Venetia’s distress?|
|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
to have an advantage.
|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.|
|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.|
to permit an advantage to.
|American (Century) vi 383: Any average Eton boy could give points to his Holiness in the matter of Latin verses [F&H].|
|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].|
(US) to give a good impression, to ‘score’ with someone.
|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.|
|After Hours 61: I assigned Pachanga to make points for me when I wasn’t around.|
(Aus.) to live by one’s wits, to take advantage by trickery and deception.
|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.‘Australia’s Pride’ in|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 110: [...] working points, i.e. living by your wits, dodging or loafing at work.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Dec. 16/1: I think I know a plan / How to work a point on Ham and do him brown.|
|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. Lang. 140: A pointer is one who exploits another’s gullibility or takes him down by trickery; whence . . . to work a point.|
|Argot in DAUS (1993).|